MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – Belarusians have made serious progress in communicating the truth about the country's history, Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic Natalya Kochanova said at the seminar “The Republic of Belarus: From the origins to the present (historical path of state building)”, BelTA has learned.
“Obviously, the decision to declare 2022 the Year of Historical Memory was an important milestone for the formation of the historical policy of the contemporary Republic of Belarus, it was also important for the development of the Belarusian statehood in general,” said Natalya Kochanova.
According to the speaker, over the past year, the Belarusians joined efforts to make serious progress in preserving the historical memory and communicating the truth about the history of Belarus. First of all, this pertains to the period of the Great Patriotic War. It was one of the events that shaped the national identity of the Belarusians and became an integral part of the national idea.
“As clearly as ever we realized that it is not enough to win. We should defend the victory and the right to independently choose our own future. We stepped up efforts to get the international community to recognize and condemn the genocide of the Belarusian people, and to strengthen good friendly contacts between descendants of the winners,” Natalya Kochanova emphasized.
The international parliamentary conference “Historical Memory: The Great Victory Gained by Unity” brought together parliamentarians from Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, representatives of the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, government agencies, academic and expert communities. The conference was a great opportunity to speak up and share thoughts on this matter.
In 2022, the Council of the Republic jointly with the Federation Council of the Russian Federation launched the youth patriotic project “Memory Train”. This project is expected to take root and thrive attracting new participants. This year children from five countries of the Eurasian Economic Union are to take part the project; in 2024 children from 10 countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States are expected to participate, and by the 80th anniversary of the Great Victory participants from 15 former Soviet republics who defeated fascism will join in.
Natalya Kochanova also recalled that with the help of Russian colleagues, Belarus buried the remains of Belarusian pilot Stepan Kovalenko found in Gelendzhik in the pilot's homeland - Beshenkovichi District.
The seminar was organized by the Council of the Republic together with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research.
The seminar is hosted by the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus.