The new academic year for 141 people in Minsk started differently from other 90thsd pupils countrywide. Students of the Belarusian Humanities Lyceum sat at their desks right in the open street. Three cold summer months turned really “hot” for the Lyceum’s students. Their struggle for an opportunity to get educated in their favorite institution deserves being included into the “Resistance” chapter of the textbook on the Belarus’ contemporary history.
Alexander Lukashenko disagrees with the Russian leadership concerning a range of problems in the operation of the two states. “Today the new Russian leadership is unwilling to follow the direction, worked out over the past 8 or 9 years, proposing instead to replace all our previously reached agreements by launching Russian ruble into circulation in Belarus,” – said Alexander Lukashenko today during his working trip to the Brest region, when speaking before the residents of David-Gorodok.
Alexander Lukashenko forwarded greetings to the head of the Socialist People’s Libyan Jamahiria colonel Muammar Gaddafi on the occasion of the Revolution Day. According to the presidential press-service, Alexander Lukashenko expressed his satisfaction over the friendship and cooperation ties, existing between Belarus and Libya, as well as shared his determination to keep up active and all-sided cooperation between the two. He also expressed hope in his missive for a soon personal encounter with the president of Libya.
The national school is supposed to serve as an ideology center in the villages. Alexander Lukashenko declared that on September 1 at the opening ceremony of a school-kindergarten in the Kolno village of the Zhitkovichi district of Belarus.
Given the merger of Russia and Belarus doesn’t take place in the near future, it will never happen at all, commented to ABN the Russian Duma committee for politics and entrepreneurship’s chairman Grigory Tomchin on Alexander Lukashenko’s statement that Belarus is still unprepared to launch Russian ruble as its sole legitimate means of payment.
From today on all of the country’s universities will teach ideology lessons. It was recommended not only to the state institutes, but also to the privately-owned ones. In other words, the ideology course is considered mandatory for all. For now they only worked out methodical recommendations, while the textbook will get published in a couple of months.
On August 29 there entered into legal effect the Law “On mass assemblies in the Republic of Belarus”. The document was passed by the House of representatives on June 5 and got approved by the Council of the Republic on June 30. The law was elaborated for the implementation of some previous presidential decrees on mass actions. The new law restricts the demands to the organizers of mass events and raises their responsibility for maintaining public order, reports BelaPAN.
On Thursday Minsk hosted the meeting of the heads of the city’s education department, at which there gathered all of the capital’s pedagogical elite. Before the start of the meeting, the hall of the Palace of the Republic, where the forum was held, looked more as a huge school corridor, where the children loudly discussed their summer vacations, the new academic year and new subjects. However, now instead of schoolchildren the hall was crammed with adults: teachers and directors. The event was even attended by the Minsk mayor and Minister of education. Soon there rang the bell and the lesson got started. The theme was written on huge screens: “Contemporary ideology for capital’s education”.
Something that is taking place between Russia and Belarus completely discredits the very idea of a union state. How else can one interpret the situation, when Putin comes up with proposals, clearly unacceptable for the Belarusian elite, whereas Lukashenko in response disrupts all the intentions of the Russian side?
The Ministry of justice passed reprimand against the Belarusian Social-Democratic Party “Narodnaya Gromada” for having as their legal address an apartment in a bloc of flats, which is banned by the concomitant law.