11:06 EconomyBelarus government to spend heavily on social security in 2023 Dmitry Kiyko said: “The budget will retain social orientation this year. Expenses of social nature will amount to 45% or slightly more than Br27 billion, 17.6% up [from the previous year].”
10:04 SocietyBelarusian-Russian Air Force exercise to begin on 16 January An aviation component representing the Aerospace Forces of Russia arrived in Belarus on 8 January. All the airfields and training areas of the Air Force and Air Defense Command of the Armed Forces of Belarus will be used during the tactical Air Force exercise.
13:07 PresidentLukashenko: We support our Russian brothers and don't forget about Ukrainians Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that the Saint Elisabeth Convent had recently collected donations for Russian military personnel fighting on the frontlines and had been criticized by “bought-and-paid-for opposition” because of it.
12:58 PresidentLukashenko: Time to make a step towards the people, who made an error and left Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “At last very many people have started to understand that no country wants them but their own. Even those, who fled Belarus, are now contacting us in their thousands for permission to come back. We didn't make anyone leave Belarus. It is their land just like it is ours."
12:09 PresidentLukashenko: I will do everything for our Belarus to live in peace and accord Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated everyone on the Orthodox Christmas and wished them well and peace. “I'd like to assure you that as the commander-in-chief and the head of state I will personally do everything for our Belarus to live in peace and accord."
11:38 PresidentLukashenko lights Christmas candle in Saint Elisabeth Convent temple The temple named after the sanctifier John of Shanghai and San Francisco is part of the Saint Elisabeth Convent complex. The temple was built using the old Russian wooden architecture style of the 17th century and the Canadian timber blocking technology.
11:21 PresidentLukashenko goes to Saint Elisabeth temple complex on Christmas Day The convent was established in 1999 in honor of the holy and righteous martyr, Grand Princess Elisabeth. It is home to over 100 nuns now. There are five temples on the premises.
11:02 PresidentLukashenko: May the glow of Christmas bring happiness to every family Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked: “In this splendid time when hearts of millions of believers stay warm due to the magic of one of the lightest Christian holidays, we feel unity with the entire orthodox world, we are filled with a special feeling of involvement in a great sacrament and prove our faith with good deeds.”
17:57 EconomyForeign currency sales by individuals exceed purchases by $26.3m in Belarus in 2022 In 2022 individuals bought the equivalent of $10.032 billion in cash and cashless forms and sold $10.059 billion worth of foreign currency. In December 2022 the net demand of natural persons for foreign currency totaled $109.6 million.
17:11 SocietyUkrainians keep coming to Belarus According to the source, 15,890 people crossed the Belarusian-Ukrainian border into Belarus. As many as 47,103 people came to Belarus in transit via Poland, 10,296 via Lithuania, and 2,195 via Latvia.
16:18 SocietyOpinion: Belarus citizenship is a great privilege Vadim Borovik said: “Citizenship of any country grants certain rights to the citizen as well as protection, social and political guarantees, and ensures the citizen's economic interests. Yet at the same time any state places responsibilities on its citizens."
15:20 SocietyBelarus' KGB launches exercise to test preparedness of state bodies to respond to terrorist attacks Units of the State Security Committee, the Internal Affairs Ministry, the State Border Committee, the army, the Emergencies Ministry, and other government agencies are taking part in the exercise.
14:38 PresidentRussian army units receive large batch of Belarusian medkits In the training area the president remarked that Belarus had thoroughly examined various variants of individual medical kits: kits from NATO, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. It turned out that western medical kits are more practical.
14:11 SocietyResults of combat shakedown of Belarus-Russia regional military force found satisfactory Andrei Zhuk reminded that preparations and combat shakedown of the joint regional military force have been in progress in Belarus' territory since late October 2022 in accordance with the decision of the presidents of Belarus and Russia.
13:33 PoliticsDeployment of Belarus-Russia regional military force expected to cool off Western hotheads Aleksandr Volfovich stressed: “Our neighbors are pursuing a policy, which is far from peace-loving. This is why the decision to deploy the regional military force was made. It has purely defensive goals. It is designed to protect primarily western borders of the Union State.”