Belaya Rus (Belarusian: Белая Русь, lit. 'White Rus') is a Belarusianpublic association founded on 17 November 2007 to support PresidentAlexander Lukashenko. Since then, the leaders of the organization have regularly announced that they are ready to become a political party. President Lukashenko neither firmly opposed the idea, nor supported it. He has made comments such as: "Well, If they are ready, let them be a party, I am not against it. On the contrary, I will support it because they are patriots. But I wouldn't advise them to hurry." The party is based on the idea of the Russian party United Russia, but is not registered as a political party. The absolute support of the president remains Belaya Rus' sole ideological tenet. The leader of the association is former minister of Education of Belarus, Alexander Radkov. The NGO has a membership of over 160,000.