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06 January 2022, 16:09

Lukashenko against top-down administrative approach to historical policy

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MINSK, 6 January (BelTA) – Highly qualified specialists, experts, historians should be involved in the implementation of the historical policy. Additional administrative structures are not necessary, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as the government meeting to discuss the implementation of Belarus' historical policy on 6 January, BelTA informs.

The meeting focused on the proposals which were prepared by the Belarus President Administration jointly with the National Assembly, historians and other interested parties following the instruction of the head of state.

“I was concerned about the proposals to set up additional administrative structures to restore this historical memory,” the head of state remarked.

“When we need to address certain things, we sometimes prefer the administrative approach. Let's say, another Academy of Sciences will work on the historical memory,” the president remarked ironically. “Two dozens, three dozens, or even two hundred released specialists will start doing it. I don't know what we will have as a result, but I am absolutely against it.”

According to the president, highly qualified specialists, experts from the National Academy of Sciences, institutions and universities should take a more active part in the implementation of the historical policy. The president believes that we can rely on such experts as, for example, Vadim Gigin, chairman of the board of the Belarusian society Znaniye, Igor Marzalyuk, chairman of the Permanent Commission for Education, Culture, and Science of the House of Representatives, Vyacheslav Danilovich, rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of Belarus.

“I see not only Gigin with his ideas (great ideas) in the society. I also see his colleagues who are ready to work. Let's pay them for their job instead of creating hundreds of new structures and administrations which will work on historical memory. These new organizations will not be helpful at all,” the Belarusian leader said.

“Such people as Gigin and Marzalyuk must do their job, and we must support them,” he said.

“Let's support our people who work on theses, talk to students, read lectures on the topic, and so on. We do not need a top-down administrative approach here,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “We need results. If we are not ready to work on it, it is better not to interfere in this global issue. If we mess up things there, it will be very difficult to return to it.”

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