Statkevich about his son: “It’s his choice”
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
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
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