Chop onions, carrots and beets, garlic and celery. Cut potatoes into small cubes, shred the cabbage.
Cook onions in vegetable oil for 2-3 min., add carrots, beets, garlic, celery, tomato paste, and spices. Steam for 3-4 more minutes. Fill the pot (2/3rds) with water and bring to a boil.
Add potatoes and cooked and drained beans, bring to a boil again, reduce heat, and cook for 5 min.
Add cabbage, bay leaves and lemon juice. Cook for 10 minutes and turn the heat off. Let it sit for 10 more minutes and serve.