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1 Jul 2020

Opinion: Independence Day on 3 July consolidates Belarusians

Opinion: Independence Day on 3 July consolidates Belarusians
Aleksandr Karlyukevich

MINSK, 1 July (BelTA) – Independence Day observed on 3 July consolidates the Belarusian society and lays a foundation for the future, Editor-in-Chief of the Belaruskaya Dumka Magazine Aleksandr Karlyukevich said during a discussion “Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus: Victory Narrative” as part of the Expert Community joint project of BelTA and the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research on 1 July.

According to Aleksandr Karlyukevich, he does not underestimate the importance of other momentous dates and events of the Belarusian history, however, it is 3 July that can be viewed as a consolidating date. “Today it is of particular importance taking into consideration the current political situation and attempts to destabilize and divide the society using foreign political forces,” the editor-in-chief said.

Aleksandr Karlyukevich noted that Independence Day is associated not only with the liberation of the capital city from the Nazi invaders, but also with the rise of a future independent and sovereign state. Analyst with the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research, Candidate of Science [History] Valentin Starichonok doubled down on it. “The victory brought liberty to people and gave them the right to develop further within the framework of the Soviet republic. If not for the victory, there would not have been a Belarusian nation and the Third Reich would have used this territory the way it wanted,” the expert noted.

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