Posted: 28.05.2024 14:16:00

Lukashenko: heroic history of Soviet people is greatest asset and our main teacher

The Soviet people’s heroic history is the greatest asset and our main teacher – as stated by President Aleksandr Lukashenko at Belarus’ Media Community Forum today


The Head of State drew attention to the fact that, for the first time ever, the entire information pool had been brought together: journalists, experts, specialists in the field of communications, employees of government agencies. The initiative is more timely than ever, and Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed, “It is symbolic that we are meeting on the days of victorious May. We celebrated Victory Day, and the most important date in Belarusian history is coming: the 80th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from Nazi invaders. The heroic history of the Soviet people is the greatest treasure. It is our main teacher.”

The President stressed that, in the years of that war and occupation, there was a fierce battle for the future in Belarus – not only at the front, but also in print media and radio broadcasting.

“Collaborators who swore allegiance to Hitler published poetry and prose in publications spread in the occupied territories. Those media outlets talked about Belarusians’ ‘wonderful future’ under the rule of ‘great Germany’ with a focus on ‘new Europe. Myths about the atrocities of partisans, Bolsheviks and others were spread, and some ‘freedoms’ were promised. We know the price of those ‘freedoms’ and the new ‘European future’: every third resident of Belarus [who died during the war], or maybe every second – given the investigation of the General Prosecutor's Office on genocide. What has changed in the rhetoric of modern sources of information engaged by the West at present – social networks, Telegram channels, all kinds of chats? The narratives are the same, but the targets are new. At that time, the image of the Soviet Union was being discredited, but now they are wiping their feet on Russia and Belarus. Here and there, the President, his relatives, security forces, civil servants and public figures – people who have taken an active state position – are being attacked,” the Head of State emphasised.