MINSK, 7 May (BelTA) – A traditional award ceremony in the Palace of Independence continued in an unusual manner today. Vladimir Malinovsky, head of the private agricultural enterprise Diana from Shklov District, Mogilev Oblast, was one of the awardees. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has known him for years. After the award ceremony and after talking to reporters Aleksandr Lukashenko invited Vladimir Malinovsky to step into his office, BelTA has learned.
Vladimir Malinovsky's wife Svetlana was also invited to the meeting with the head of state. She admitted she had not expected that to happen.
The head of state has known the family for a long time since he and Vladimir Malinovsky worked together before Aleksandr Lukashenko became the president.
By the way, it was not the first meeting since then. Aleksandr Lukashenko often visits the area he grew up in and asks about the state of affairs at local enterprises. He visited the private agricultural enterprise Diana during one of those trips several years ago.
Today Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated Vladimir Malinovsky on winning the award. He said: “Congratulations! I envy you. I always say: they get orders and medals, they become heroes, but I will never get such an award. Because the president cannot award himself.”
The heart-to-heart conversation lasted for more than one hour. A photo in memory of the meeting was taken.