The state is increasingly concerned with the patriotic education of the youth
At the seventh plenary session of the Voluntary Association for Assistance to Army, Air Force and Navy of CIS the interim Belarusian secretary of the Security Council Stanislau Zas’ underlined that during the last few years the feeling of patriotism in the Russian society has grown immensely. At the same time despite the attempts of the Belarusian authorities to promote “deep patriotism” as a state ideology the level of loyalty of the population to the state raises concerns – especially in the context of the conflict in the Ukraine and a deep split caused by it within the Belarusian society. However, Belarusian authorities attempt to adopt the rhetoric of their opponents on the value of independence and sovereignty. Despite that fact the authorities are still not ready to allow citizens to influence state policies more actively.
President Lukashenka continues to rotate staff and rejuvenate heads of departments and universities following new appointments in regional administrations. Apparently, new Information Minister Karliukevich could somewhat relax the state policy towards the independent media and introduce technological solutions for retaining control over Belarus’ information space. New rectors could strengthen the trend for soft Belarusization in the regions and tighten the disciplinary and ideological control over the student movement in the capital.
President Lukashenka has appointed new ministers of culture and information, the new rector of the Belarusian State University and heads of three universities, assistants in the Minsk and Vitebsk regions.
The new Information Minister Karliukevich is likely to avoid controversial initiatives similar to those former Minister Ananich was famous for, however, certainly within his capacities. Nevertheless, the appointment of Belarusian-speaking writer Karliukevich could be regarded as the state’s cautious attempt to relax environment in the media field and ensure the sovereignty of national media.
The Belarusian leadership has consolidated the trend for mild Belarusization by appointing a young historian and a ‘reasonable nationalist’, Duk as the rector at the Kuleshov State University in Mogilev. Meanwhile, while choosing the head of the Belarusian State University, the president apparently had in mind the strengthening of the ideological loyalty among the teaching staff and students at the main university in order to keep the youth movement at bay. Previously, Korol was the rector of the Kupala State University in Grodno, where he held purges among the disloyal teaching staff.
The trend for the renewal of mid-ranking executives and their rejuvenation has confirmed. The age of the Culture Minister and three new rectors varies from 39 to 44 years old.