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Maxim Ryzhenkov: Belarusians' interest in books persits

Minsk is hosting the 24th International Book Fair February 8. The main theme of this forum is the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian printed word.

Among other memorable dates are anniversaries of Belarus' classic writers Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas. All in all, in 2016 alone, about 10,000 different books were released in Belarus, and the total circulation exceeded 23 million copies.

Maxim Ryzhenkov, First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus:
The exhibition is intertwined with a scientific approach, showing once again how Belarus lived 500 years ago, showing the depth of our roots and traditions of book printing in Belarus, traditions of reading in Belarus. They are very high. We were one of the nations in the Soviet Union that showed thirst for knowledge, thirst for books. I am very glad that today, in the world of the Internet, we still have a craving for the beautiful world of books and albums.

The current exhibition presents the book printing achievements of more than 30 countries. The guest of honor is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The President of Belarus has sent greetings to all participants of the forum. During the fair, about 300 thematic events are planned in Minsk.

Maxim Ryzhenkov: Belarusians' interest in books persits