Galina Rodionovna (66) has not accompanied her husband in official meetings with other leaders and their wives for years. For some time, her place was taken by Lukashenka’s personal doctor, Irina Abelska. It is she who is the mother of the youngest son of the Belarusian dictator – Nicholas. After some time, Irina was put aside, and Lukashenka took care of Kolya’s upbringing.
Galina Rodionovna Zhauniarovich was the school love of Alexander Lukashenka. Apparently he fell in love with her at first sight. They performed together in one show – he was Grandfather Frost, she was Snow White.
The calm and well-behaved daughter of the teacher made Lukashenka so crazy that he completely ignored his peers who were in love with him. Only Galina mattered. – Sasha was so handsome, he often organized evenings in Szkłów, so many women loved him. And that’s why I was still getting through Saszka. The girls said, “Well, she came and took the best boyfriend – Rodionovna told “Komsomolska Pravda” in 2005.
They married in 1975 and their first son, Wiktor, was born that same year, and five years later, Dmitri. The first followed in his father’s footsteps and became a politician, and the second is a businessman.
The marital idyll of Galina and Alexander was not short-lived. Soon after his wedding, Lukashenka began to pursue his political aspirations. Galina, on the other hand, found employment in a kindergarten.
Lukashenka’s wife: I chose this life myself
When Lukashenka was first elected president in 1994, Galina allegedly decided not to go to Minsk with him. Apparently, she liked her country life in her native Ryzhkovych too much. – I chose this life myself – she emphasized in an interview for “Komsomolska Pravda” in 2005.
At first, Galina visited her husband in the capital from time to time. It was then that she became friends with, among others with Prime Minister Mikhail Czyirem and his wife Julia. – She is a wonderful, noble woman. I couldn’t say a bad word about her. She always cared for her children, for her husband, and was concerned about his fate. She advised him well, but he never listened to her. Unfortunately, we no longer have contact with her. Lukashenka forbade her to meet Julia – quote the words of Czyhir Andrzej Brzeziecki and Małgorzata Nocuń in the book “Lukashenka. The would-be tsar of Russia”.
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According to the former prime minister, Lukashenka trained his wife like a dog. – He just gave her commands that she had to obey – he added.
Openness and simplicity – the qualities that made people love Galina so much that caused her the most trouble. Apparently, the inhabitants of Ryżkowicz and the neighboring villages often came to her with gifts, asking for intercession with the president on various issues.
Photo with cows tipped the balance?
Rodionovna never refused to help, which consequently began to irritate Lukashenka. In addition, Galina was too eager to talk to journalists and posed for photographers. When the press published a photo of her milking a cow with the caption “The First Lady of Belarus”, Lukashenka felt so humiliated that he decided to isolate his wife.
Galina was reportedly held under house arrest for many years. She could not talk to her friends or neighbors. The country house in which he lives is surrounded by a large wall, and armed uniforms are placed in front of the entrance.
In 2016, the media reported that no one could visit Galina without Lukashenka’s consent. She herself is said to be leaving the house only on holidays to visit her children and grandchildren in Minsk.
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What happened to Kolya’s mother? At one time, Irina Abelskaya was even presented as his official partner, Lukashenka. The president showered her entire family with privileges, and even appointed her mother as the minister of health. Irina disappeared from public space when Kola was several years old. From then on, he occasionally appeared at various government events, but was usually kept aloof. Then Lukashenka met, among others, with the singer Irina Darafiejewa, and since 2019 he is connected with 24-year-old Maria Wasilewicz – Miss Belarus 2018.
Sources: Andrzej Brzeziecki, Małgorzata Nocuń: “Lukashenka. The would-be tsar of Russia”.