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Quote:Expert: In Belarus “Ukrainization” of the humanistic and political life may happen
14.10.2014 03:43

“Soft Belarusization” goes both against the interests of Belarus and the interests of the Union State”, assistant director of the Centre for Ukrainian and Belarusian Sudies of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Bogdan Bespalko told IA REGNUM on 13 October while estimating the policies of the authorities of Belarus in the humanistic area.

“The vast majority of the residents of Belarus speak in the All-Russian language, which (beside the fact that it is the common cultural property of the Russian World) was created by efforts of representatives of what are now Ukraine, Belarus and Russia”, Bespalko said.

“The fight against the All-Russian language and culture is a fight against our unity, striving for disunion. By combining it with such destructive phenomena as mythologization of history (like making a cult of duke Algirdas or W. K. Kalinowski as Belarusian national heroes), this phenomenon can lead to “Ukrainization” of the humanistic and political life of Belarus. And the former is much more dangerous”, the expert said.

As IA REGNUM reported, the authorities of Belarus are carrying out the policy of “soft Belarusization”, that implies de-Russification of all the spheres of the public and political life and putting on the list of “Belarusians” prominent representatives of the Russian, Polish and Lithuanian nations. The authorities of Belarus are consistently abolishing Russian toponyms and, disregarding public protests, are erecting monuments to Polish terrorists and Lithuanian dukes that waged wars of conquest against the lands of Rus.

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2014 Oct 26 13:31
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I guess if a statue of Stalin can be erected in Ukraine, so can a statue of this Prince in Belarus. dunno

Personally I wouldn't mind seeing one of William the Conqueror on the front lawn of Buckingham Palace and one of The Unknown Viking in Lindisfarne. love
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(2014 Oct 27 00:36)Aemma Wrote:  I guess if a statue of Stalin can be erected in Ukraine, so can a statue of this Prince in Belarus. dunno

Actually Algirdas never conquered the Principality of Vitebsk. He married Maria of Vitebsk, who was the only heir of her father. After her father's death Algirdas became the prince of Vitebsk and from there began his Drang nach Osten.

In other words it's not like the residents of Vitebsk were out of their minds and decided to honour a conqueror of their land. Big Grin

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Quote:Lukashenko wants Belarusian history reflected objectively in school books

President 28.02.2017 | 18:13

MINSK, 28 February (BelTA) – New school books should reflect the history of the Belarusian statehood objectively, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during the visit to the National Research Center for Organ and Tissue Transplantation on 28 February, BelTA has learned.

When getting familiar with the projects nominated for the 2016 State Prize in Science and Technology, the President paid attention to the cycle of scientific works The Roots of Belarusian Statehood: The Lands of Polotsk and Vitebsk in the 9th-18th Centuries that present a new point of view on the process of formation of the territories of Eastern Slavonic early states and their centers.

According to Olga Levko, the head of Belarus' archeology and ancient history department at the NASB Institute of History, the research showed that the Belarusian statehood began to take shape in the middle of the 9th century thanks to the establishment of the Principality of Polotsk. The development of Polotsk as the center of this state took place on the local tribal basis. Just for comparison, Varangians were involved in the process of state formation in Novgorod and Kiev. The Polotsk land developed in an autonomous way, even in the times of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Alexander Lukashenko said that these issues concerning the development of the Belarusian state should be included in new school books. “This should be included in school books. We should present these processes to our people in an objective manner,” the President stressed. “If there is certain nationalism, it is healthy nationalism.”

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