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MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Conferment of For Spiritual Revival Awards and special prizes

10 January 2018

Belarus President
Alexander Lukashenko presented For Spiritual Revival Awards, the special prizes
to culture and art luminaries, and also the Belarusian Sport Olympus awards in
a ceremony in the Palace
of Republic on 9 January.
“Honoring the people who serve the lofty goals has become a good
tradition in Belarus,
which is unmatched in the world. It is not surprising that the tradition
emerged here,” the head of state noted.
“We have inherited great spiritual heritage. We see it in the examples
of the righteous life of the Belarusian saints, in great creations of the
poets, artists, musicians and architects who were born on our land. It is in
the spiritual heroism of the people who preserved faith, love for the
motherland, respect for the history and culture despite the incredible ordeals
of the menacing war years and social upheavals,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
The president noted that the world is troubled today. An invisible
struggle for the human soul is in progress. The Christian pillars of morality
come under attacks, the traditional family foundations are eroding. “The
worldview and the way of life of people are changing under the influence of
information flows. There are more and more temptations. It is getting
increasingly difficult to protect souls from dark thoughts and emotions. In the
pursuit of material goods and glitzy flare people are losing their true beauty:
the inner light of good feelings and noble deeds, which our people, all Slavic
people have been known and renowned for,” the president said.
According to him, for the sake of ratings the television teaches viewers
to like watching negative news, scandalous talk shows. Social networks deprive
people of live communication, and computer games replace real life with virtual
“It is but a fraction of the challenges the society faces today. The
reality slowly but persistently erodes the existing system of traditional moral
values. It is particularly important not to miss our timing, not to lose our
spiritual essence. There is no doubt that culture, art, and religion should
come to the forefront. Their influence on people’s minds is enormous. It is
they that shape the images and ideals, which many people refer to as paragons
of virtue. This is why people of culture and art, mass media professionals,
clergy, pedagogues and everyone, who cares for what the world will be, should
pool their efforts for the sake of reinforcing the moral standards of our
nation,” stated the Belarusian leader.
The president underlined that spiritual immunity is needed against
amorality and bad taste. Culture and art should always be a source of energy
and fortitude for people. “We remember and honor the rich legacy of the past
generations. The eternal light of their feelings shows us the way and fills
life with profound sense even now. The current generation should make the light
even brighter so that our children and grandchildren could pick up the baton
and pass it on,” said Alexander Lukashenko. “With this in mind we should set an
example of how important it is to appreciate, respect, and thank the people,
who continue the great work of preserving and creating Belarus’
spiritual legacy. We can never stop and leave nothing to those, who will come
after us.”

Alexander Lukashenko noted that the world is changing rapidly. For
instance, five years ago nobody could have imagined how much the Internet will
change the way of life of the entire human kind. “However hard we may struggle
we are stuck in this World Wide Web. It makes people’s lives easier by
delivering up-to-date information fast. You can see how life is changing,
including for the better. On the other hand, the changes bring huge problems we
are struggling to contain. We don’t know how to tackle some of them yet,”
believes the head of state.
Alexander Lukashenko encouraged the society’s elite, creative
Belarusians to learn how to use the new opportunities themselves and teach it
to children, how to live while the World Wide Web influences people’s minds and
“It is necessary to teach from the school age, teach your children how
to use multiple sources, learn many points of view in order to make the right
conclusions. It is important for the youth. You and I were taught that practice
is the judge of truth and young Belarusians could use more practice, more
experience,” stated Alexander Lukashenko. “We should teach them to doubt everything,
to seek different sources, get familiar with different points of view, and use
tips and experience of the older generation and their own experience to choose
the point of view that suits the normal life of our society.”
The head of state was convinced that the awardees make the world better
and brighter. Their work creates an atmosphere of goodness and mercy. “Ancient
traditions of Belarusian craftsmen are revived. Interest in the past
accomplishments of our ancestors is awoken. Family values are defended. Charity
is encouraged. Patriotism is inspired. With their talents our people, who will
be here — several of them — inspire genuine love for high art. By ascending to
the sport Olympus, they glorify Belarus
at the international level, awaken the feeling of pride in our nation and our
country,” stated the president.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, not only government agencies should
suggest candidates for these awards. “If you feel you have created a worthy
product, which will last for centuries, which will bolster the spirit of our
nation not only today but tomorrow as well, feel free to suggest your names
among other ones,” said the head of state. “It is very important for me. In all
my years as the president of the country I have always demanded honest and fair
practices. As we award some people, we should not offend those, who may be one
step above them. Don’t be shy. Go ahead and put your names on the list”.

Five awards For Spiritual Revival were bestowed by the Belarus
president for the year 2017 accomplishments. Labor collectives and
representatives of religious associations were awarded for active work in the
humanitarian sphere. The awardees include the public association Belarusian
Union of Women, employees of the National Library of Belarus, the N.N.
Aleksandrov National Oncology and Medical Radiology Center, the senior priest
of the Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk Church parish in the town of Ivenets,
Volozhin District, Minsk Oblast, archpriest Viktor Peregudov, the mufti of the
Islamic Religious Association in the Republic of Belarus Abu-Bekir Shabanovich.
The Belarus
president also bestowed special prizes upon people of culture and art for last
year’s accomplishments. The awardees include mass media professionals, culture
and art specialists, authoring teams, cultural institutions for considerable
accomplishments in the sphere of mass media, historical and cultural legacy,
theater and pictorial arts, amateur art, museum business, and the training of
talented youth.
Special prizes also went to authors of the Television News Agency of the
Belarusian Television and Radio Company and the BelarusianStateArtsAcademy.
The prizes have been bestowed upon Deputy Director of the National History and
Culture Museum-Reserve Nesvizh Sergei Yegoreichenko, authors of the postal
stamp publishing center of the Belarusian postal service operator Belpochta and
the Oktyabrsky District Arts and CraftsCenter, and the
Belarusian National Drama Theater.
Special prizes also went to the Lida District Culture and AmateurArtCenter, the concert organization agency Minskconcert,
the BelarusianStateMusicAcademy, and the painter
Valery Slauk.
Winners of the Belarus
president’s special award Belarusian Sport Olympus 2017 are the chief coach of
the national trampolining team Olga Vlasova, a special reporter of the TV
channel Belarus Five Vladimir Novitsky, and a member of the national track and
field athletics team Violetta Skvortsova.

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