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Serbians who fell in love with Belarus in TV program Picture of the World

Politics has significant impact on people's lives. After the meetings of presidents new business projects and cultural contacts appear. Those who are already involved in the Belarusian-Serbian relations system do not seem to regret their choice. Our next story is about Serbs who fell in love with Belarus and Belarusians who cannot imagine their life without Serbian national features.

Olga, translator, got her first "2" (the worst mark at school) for failing to show Yugoslavia on the map. And who would have thought that that very mark would determine her life. Olga connected her profession with the Serbian language. 

Olga Markovtsova, translator:
It just so happens that now all my work is connected with the Serbian language, with Serbia and Serbs. I have been translating all possible events since the student years. I was under the bus MAZ and at the film festival "Listopad", when Kusturica came.

The girl is known as a great linguist and experienced translator. She is invited to very responsible highest-level events. Among the latter is the official visit to Minsk of the president of Serbia. Olga accompanied the Serbian delegation. 

Olga Markovtsova, translator:
We are united by one thing - the desire to make friends, the desire to be close. This is cooperation in the field of business, with our giants in the field of mechanical engineering - MAZ, MZKT, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ)... This is industry and chemical industry.

Miomir Bidovsky, businessman:
I lived in Moscow. And the market, where I used to buy what I need, I saw people around me asking for Sineglazka potatoes. I decided to buy that potato too.  But I did not understand what it was until I came to Belarus. Sineglazka is a word that was used in Moscow, Russia, for potatoes brought from Belarus.

Miomir is translated as "sweet to the world". One does not need to translate how he likes Belarus. Miomir arrived in Minsk for a couple of days but stayed for twenty years.

Miomir Bidovsky, businessman:
There is a point that has historically defined my attitude to Belarus. It is 1999. The collapse, the war, sanctions and the terrible bombing.  The only one who picked up the plane and flew personally to support Serbia and the Serbian people was the president of Belarus. I can tell you that no honest Serb, and there are a lot of them, will not forget it. 

Miomir is a successful businessman who heads a firm selling and servicing water treatment systems. But now not only business connects him to Belarus. He jokingly calls himself "a Belarusian with experience."  

Miomir Bidovsky, businessman:
I saw how Minsk streets were turning turned into avenues and roads into highways. The hand of the state reached almost every village. Shops, product range and conditions of life have improved.  

The family of the businessman lives in Belgrade. And they are always waiting for goodies from Belarus. And there is something in their list that remains unchanged.

Miomir Bidovsky, businessman:
You may not believe me but I take from Belarus to Belgrade the Narochansky bread. And my daughter, the family put it in the freezer, because we need lots of it.And imagine a man who goes through customs checks with 4-5 large, 1.8 kg loafs of bread.

A native of Belgrade, Rastko Stojkovic has been living in Minsk for three years. The handball player of a Brest club has found common language with Belarusians very quickly.

Rastko Stojkovic, HC Meshkov Brest: 
For two years, the Belarusian team has become my home. We are playing better every day, with every game. You can achieve success only when you feel at home in your team. I feel like part of the team, part of the city.    

However, the first meeting with the country was like a cold shower.

Rastko Stojkovic, HC Meshkov Brest: 
I arrived in Brest, got into the car. -25ºC was outside.  I came to the club, walk into the hall and people say: "It's not that cold today!" Hey, people, -25 ºC is not cold for you?!

Rastko says when he received an offer to play for the Belarusian team he was determined to win at the most prestigious handball tournaments.  And from whatever angle you look, it seems that the athlete has not made a mistake in the choice of club colors and a second homeland.  

Serbians who fell in love with Belarus in TV program Picture of the World