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Alexander Lukashenko awards Skaryna Order to famous Russian singer

Alexander Lukashenko has presented the Order of Francysk Skaryna to Russian singer Viktor Drobysh. On the eve the President visited the creative evening of the composer, which took place in the cultural and sports complex Minsk Arena. Viktor Drobysh received the state award for his high level of creativity, personal contribution to the development and strengthening of the Belarusian-Russian cultural ties.

The composer has warm memories about Belarus from his childhood. As a child, he spent much time in the village Barshchyovka, Loyev District. Drobysh's father is a native of Gomel.  Viktor himself has repeatedly confessed that he owes a lot to the Belarusian land.   

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
It's been a long time since I last visited such informal activities.  The creative evening with Viktor is exactly the time when you need to be together with our Belarusians, favorite artists and the favorite composer.
Even being far away from Belarus you have never said anything bad about our Belarus, you were not ashamed to call yourself a Belarusian, unlike some of our "creators".
Like I said, I love sincerity and I will say again about our individual "creators", creative personalities, even Nobel Prize winners, who have not yet got it but still left the country and tried to pour a bucket of mud on their country. This is wrong, this is not something an opposition person should do. This is absolutely wrong, because you cannot choose your homeland, your land as well as your parents. It is what it is. If you're talking bad about the homeland, if you are ashamed of it, then you are first of all a bad son. 
I came to this concert with a special purpose: to present, at the suggestion of the Ministry of Culture, the deserved award. As a true Belarusian you proudly carry the banner of a Belarusian throughout the world, in every corner, no matter where you are. Let me run this pleasant mission in front of our Belarusians and your companions. 

Viktor Drobysh, composer:
Thank you, dear citizens of Belarus. I am touched, I did not expect that! I think the next two hours I'll be proving to you that I deservedly wear this medal on my chest.

Alexander Lukashenko awards Skaryna Order to famous Russian singer