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Alexander Lukashenko's presidency: 23 years of stability in Belarus

Not only enterprises are preserved in Belarus, as the President said, but new plants have been created, a nuclear power plant is being built, logistics centers and housing. Successes of Belarus in IT and high-tech areas are known. Tranquility and security are also the hallmarks of the country. The OSCE delegates who visited Minsk last week and the Russian-speaking journalists who came to Belarus this week, despite the opposite of political views and points of view, agree on the assessments of life in Belarus. Both sides are delighted. We heard their interviews and will hear more in this program.

Why I am saying this? These days Belarus celebrated, without fanfares, the date of the election of the first President of the Republic of Belarus. Perhaps, Mr Lukashenko somehow in his own way celebrated this day - after all this is a fateful day in his life and key one for the country. After all, over the past decade, Belarus has achieved things that other post-Soviet countries cannot boast.

In one of the school essays, Alexander Lukashenko quoted a classic: "Give me a point of support and I will turn the world over". But it so happened that he himself had to seek a foothold for the whole country.

Mikhail Kovalev, an economic expert:
Looking back on the 23 years passed, we need to remember the state of the country. A little more than half remained from the socialist economy, the average salary in the country was $25, almost half of the plants froze their activities.

Now every third mining truck comes from Belarus, and all machine building gives the country a third of the Belarusian GDP. The President was repeatedly urged to give up machine building, privatize enterprises and refuse from traditional markets. This has been done in many post-Soviet countries. Belarus has chosen its own path.

Yuri Shevtsov, political analyst:
The Belarusian way (this is an exception to the rules) made it possible to maintain a stable strong power here. In the situation when Eastern Europe, in horror over Ukrainian events, fell into such a difficult domestic political situation, Belarus proved to remain stable.

Mikhail Kovalev, an economic expert:
Let's remember how everything was built. This is primarily the visits of our President to almost every region of Russia, visits by Russian governors. And we all know that the Russian governor is a little more than the governor. If he said to buy Belarusian buses, then they will be bought.

Now the geography of exports is noticeably expanding, often due to the agreements of the Belarus President. The heads of state work like this: confidence in politics is reflected in the trade turnover.

Georgy Grits, analyst:
In the world today, Belarus is in 14th place by the share of exports to the gross domestic product. That is, the share of exports in the GDP is more than 80%. For comparison, for understanding: Russia, our closest neighbor and partner, with its energy resources is in 101st place.

Sergei Tokarev, CEO of a media holding company ( United Arab Emirates):
In Belarus there is no oil, maybe gas, but thanks to the diligence of people, thanks to the people's attitude to their land, Belarus today for me personally looks no worse than the city of Dubai in which I live. Beautiful architecture, many new buildings, all is green, everything is sown. I admire it.

Evelina Azaeva, publisher of the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda in Canada":
Life in Belarus shows, I would say, the correctness of the course. I'm delighted. This is my first time in Minsk. The city is clean. Usually, when you go from the airport, in North America or in Europe you see dirty industrial buildings. Here we see beautiful houses. I say: "Is this your Rublyovka?" "No, this is not Rublyovka."

Laura Castel, Senator (Spain):
You know, I heard one thing about Belarus, but I saw quite the opposite here. You have a wonderful country. And you are becoming more open to the world.

Margret Kiener Nellen, representative of the delegation of Switzerland at the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:
I've enjoyed my stay. I came with my husband. And so we decided to stay for another 10 days. I want to know more about your country. It seems to me that it is European not only in terms of geographical location.

An important indicator is the delta between the poorest and the richest segments of the population. In Belarus this figure correspond to the level of the most prosperous countries in Europe. 23 years ago, bread prices in Belarus rose several times a day.

Mikhail Kovalev, an economic expert:
The GDP is all that the country has done in a year. Like a huge pizza, which we divide into 9.5 million Belarusians. And then each person, according to the International Monetary Fund, last year got $18,000. 23 years ago it was only $4,000.

Georgy Grits, analyst:
There are about 200 countries in the world. Let's remember this figure. According to the index of human development (this is the index of the United Nations) Belarus ranks 50th. The second achievement: on the index of motherhood, the promotion of motherhood, Belarus is 26th.

One more remark. Belarus has become the second home for many migrants. Here they found their peace, in that very real sense of the word.

Vitaliy, migrant from Ukraine:
I want to thank people who helped me get a job, and then I got a residence permit, and everything is fine, we are working. Plans? The further, the more roots we let here, in Belarus.

Being in the same situation, not all countries have chosen people and the path that leads to development.

Alexander Lukashenko's presidency: 23 years of stability in Belarus