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9 Jan 2020

Lukashenko points out deep roots of Belarusian statehood

Lukashenko points out deep roots of Belarusian statehood

MINSK, 9 January (BelTA) - Belarusians have set up their own independent state, thanks in part to the memory about their roots and loyalty to the land of ancestors, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during a ceremony to present the Spiritual Revival award, special president's prizes to art luminaries and the Belarusian Sports Olympus award, BelTA has learned.

“We have set up our independent state, thanks in part to the fact that all these years we remembered our origins and were faithful to the land of our ancestors,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president stressed that the country will continue to support and encourage all those who enrich the cultural heritage of Belarus, preserve moral and spiritual guidelines, revive the national traditions and fill them with the new meaning. "They are our anchor which will help us stay afloat during the time of globalization aimed at destroying the state foundations," he said.

The head of state noted that Belarusians see themselves as part of the vast world and are connected by thousands of economic, cultural, diplomatic, and family ties with other countries and peoples. “We are open to friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation, but our traditional socially oriented way of life is unshakable. Only in this way, remembering who we are and why we are unique, preserving our identity, will we be able to resist the idea of bringing the world to the single model or standard alien to our mentality,” the president noted. 

According to the president, along with the creation of spiritual, moral and cultural foundations for the future generations of Belarusians, the countries also ensures its national security and sovereignty. “The building of a strong sovereign state is our firm, consistent political and sociocultural choice. Its creation is a merit of the entire Belarusian nation. Yet, a special role belongs to those who have devoted themselves to selfless service to the Fatherland,” the head of state said.

As it was reported, five Spiritual Revival awards will be bestowed upon groups of workers and representatives of religious associations for their humanitarian activities in 2019. Among the recipients is the head of the parish of St. Mary Magdalene Church of the city of Minsk, Archpriest Ivan Khoroshevich, the Belarusian Public Association of Veterans, the public association “Belarusian Association of Large Parents”, the Berestye Archaeological Museum, the branch of the Brest Regional Museum of Local History, and a team of experts consisting of Aleksandr Kovalenya, the academic secretary of the Department of Humanities and Arts at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, editor-in-chief of Belkartografia company Galina Lyakhova, and Director of the Belarusian Electronic Documentation Research Center Vyacheslav Nosevich.

Ten special prizes of the Belarusian president will be conferred on art luminaries in recognition of widely acclaimed significant achievements in professional art, folk and amateur art, patriotic education of creative youth, and charity. Among the recipients are the Vitebsk Center for Contemporary Art, the Brest City Cultural Center, the National State Teleradiocompany of Belarus and the Ivye Culture and Recreation Center.

The list of recipients of the President's Special Award “Belarusian Sports Olympus” 2019 features Chief Director of the Main Directorate of the Belarus 5 TV channel Pavel Bulatsky, athlete-instructor of the national trampoline team Vladislav Goncharov, senior coach of the national modern pentathlon team Vasily Gulevich. They have been honored with the award for the active efforts to popularize physical culture and sports, to develop physical and sports traditions that promote the formation of a harmonious personality.

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