MINSK, 31 March (BelTA) – The historical truth should be approached objectively, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he delivered his annual Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly on 31 March, BelTA has learned.
The head of state said that the periods of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Rzeczpospolita were too romanticized back in the day. “We swallowed this bait very quickly. As if we were all descendants of the Radziwills and the Sapehas. By the way, major landlords were few and far between on our land. Were they patriots of their Fatherland? No, absolutely not. As we know, they easily changed their religion and language for Polish nobility privileges, titles and positions. Medieval oligarchs made money off the hard work of ordinary people who were really struggling. But is it mentioned during excursions around these castles, these palaces that we restored and refurbished? This is a question of the historical truth and objectivity,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president urged to sort things out in this field. “These are small things that play a very important role in preserving our statehood and sovereignty,” the Belarusian leader added.