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Viktor Statkevich about his son: “It’s his choice”
20.03.2012
Viktor Pavlovich, father of the political prisoner, ex-presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich, had to face his 85th anniversary without the closest family – his sons Aleksandr and Nikolai. He fears for Aleksandr and asks him not to come from Ukraine. His other son was taken by the authorities during the “Bloody Sunday” of December 19, 2010.
Viktor Statkevich lives by himself in Baranovichi, district town-center in Brest Region. Although today he is a single pensioner, Viktor Pavlovich strongly refuses the state services and local public assistance. He thinks he manages his household quite well… Apparently, the central motto of Statkevich family is persistence and belief in one’s own self.
Viktor Statkevich lost his father when he was 17. It was during the war when the Germans were retreating...
--I was born and grew up in Slutsk area. I remember the partisans came in 1944. We were told to go saw the road posts seven kilometers away from our village. At that time, my father was very ill, he was in bed most of the time. The time was tough, tanks were approaching Slutsk. And then, during the fight against the retreating Germans, my father covered me with his body. He died on my hands. I just got a scratch. After the war I served in the army, in Uruchye (area in Minsk). I got demobilized and went to college. First to financial college, then to Pedagogical Institute. I worked as a teacher in Slutsk District for 33 years. Then went to the North and worked there in a building unit for three years. It was still before perestroika. In the North, my monthly net income equaled what the teacher was paid for a year at home. But the work there was hard… When I got back, I didn’t work as a teacher, just retired.
Viktor Statkevich talks about Nikolai and Aleksandr’s childhood with a warm and friendly smile. Obviously, these reminiscences bring him joy. Well, that is a natural way to have recollections of the beloved sons.
-- My sons, Kolia and Sasha, came into the world when I served in Minsk. But they grew up in Slutsk District. We didn’t live in luxury but didn’t starve either… When he was a child, Kolia read a lot, and read everything he could get. He was a very inquisitive boy. And that helped him a lot at school. They both did well at school, at least the teachers in the staff room always spoke highly of them. I remember once the head of the curricular department of the school told me: “Today a Statkevich theorem was discovered. You son was working on the blackboard, and I noticed he was writing something different. I looked carefully – he is writing something of his own, but something correct. He went his own way”. That’s Nikolai peculiarity: he never did what he was said to do by someone from the “top”, he always did things his own way. And I should say, the result was no way worse...
When Viktor Statkevich recalls his sons’ mature life, his voice reveals a genuine pride. Certainly, there are few parents in the world who would feel different in any situation. But we think that in this case Viktor Pavlovich has the full right to be pride of his sons...
-- Then Nikolai went to military school, served for a long time in Karelia. Later on, he graduated from military missile school. He distinguished himself there, too. I remember once they had a demonstration of the military equipment and a major by no means could figure out something about the equipment. He tried and tried, but all in vain. The Generals were watching that, and Kolia was staying nearby. Then a general told Kolia: “Lieutenant, maybe, you could do that?” Kolia went and did everything… The general then said: You will be in charge of this garrison, and you (pointing at the major) will be subordinate to him… Then he entered the advanced military academy (military postgraduate school), transferred to Minsk, and stayed there. Then he went into the damn politics… But that is his choice. My other son, Sasha, graduated from the university, the Faculty of Mathematics. For a long time he worked in the Lvov Scientific Research Institute, visited enterprises and made various projects. Then he started doing business, and stayed there. Today, he has two amazing children: a boy and a girl. His son graduated from the Faculty of International Relations, Lvov University. My granddaughter is an artist. They live very well. As much as I could, I helped my sons financially. I helped Sasha more, as Kolia was not just a regular officer but had the Candidate of Science degree, so he was richer than his brother.
Viktor Statkevich says that Nikolai already started to be involved with politics at perestroika times. He has always been a consistent citizen, and the one of principle, which makes him suffer in today’s situation.
--Under Gorbachev, Kolia left the party and formed the Belarusian Association of the Military Service Persons. He was the head of it for a long time. At the times of the State Committee of the State of Emergency (GKChP) they went to the radio center, the three armed captains. He made an appeal to the Belarusian people against this GKChP. The KGB officers took him away. They said then: “Do you see the handcuffs? You are asking for them.” Then, when the coup collapsed, they were greeting him. He turned and went away...
Today’s economic and political situation in Belarus hurts Viktor Statkevich and arouses the feeling of regret. That is not surprising as the Statkevich family are the hostage of what is happening in the country...
-- Sasha and his children have often visited me before. Now, I don’t want it myself. I am afraid that they will “find” drugs or weapons in his car. You know yourself what is the country we live in…
I want to say that crows do not pick crow’s eyes. Putin hates Lukashenko but needs him. It’s clear that Belarus, eventually, will join Europe. But Russia doesn’t need that...



"Nashe Pokolenie member Grigoriy Grik and Viktor Statkevich

 



 

 


 

 

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