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19 March 2024, 18:13

Lukashenko signs decree on status of Belarusian cosmonaut

MINSK, 19 March (BelTA) – On 19 March, President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed Decree No. 100 "On the Status of the Belarusian Cosmonaut" that establishes the rights and obligations of the cosmonaut of the Republic of Belarus. The document determines the legal status of cosmonauts and persons equated to them, taking into account the coming first space flight project in the sovereign history of Belarus, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian president.

Thus the status of a cosmonaut shall be assigned to a citizen of the Republic of Belarus who has made a space flight and to their backup.

In order to recognize the cosmonaut's services to the Motherland, the decree provides for a number of benefits and preferences, including job retention, medical care at the National Clinical Medical Center, pension provision, and state subsidies in housing construction.

According to the document, a cosmonaut shall correspond to their high status, have a firm civic position, take an active part in the social and political life of the country, and adequately represent Belarus in the international arena.

The decree will contribute to the positive image of Belarus as a high-tech state and the country's knowledge and competencies in the field of peaceful space exploration.
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