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Contest to choose Belarusian singer for Eurovision rigged

MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – Results of the contest Eurofest have been rigged. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made the statement at the government session held on 24 February to discuss results of the national musical project Eurofest, BelTA has learned. Alexander Lukashenko said, dealing with the problem is a matter of fairness. “Fairness is the core of my policy. It is the thing that prevails over all principles that guide economic entities, citizens of our country, civil servants and so on,” reminded the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko continued: “I asked [OAO Amkodor head] Alexander Shakurin, the Culture Minister and the head of Belarusian State Teleradiocompany to properly organize the process to choose those who can decently represent our country at Eurovision”. “You worked out criteria, viewers and the judges were supposed to name the winner the way it is done at Eurovision. As a result, things went awry. You have created a stalemate that make you three look bad,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko. “Two groups that dealt with it upon my instructions have informed me results of the contest have been rigged. We will clarify why and for what purpose, maybe as part of a criminal investigation. Nobody will be pardoned,” said the President. Alexander Lukashenko was also concerned about the financial side of the problem. Belarusian State Teleradiocompany claims its financial situation is hard. “Nevertheless, you waste billions of rubles on something I cannot understand without approval of my representative,” Alexander Lukashenko told the head of Belarusian State Teleradiocompany. The President underlined a lesson will be taught to all, who work in education and culture today: “They don’t count money because they don’t earn them”.
| 23.01.2014
GOMEL, 22 January (BelTA) - The boys choir from the Svetlogorsk arts school has been invited to Sochi to take part in the cultural program of the Paralympic Games, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee. Young Belarusian talents will become part of the project "Russian Choirs to the Sport of the World? scheduled in Sochi on 14-17 March. To get casted the S...
| 20.12.2013
GOMEL, 20 December (BelTA)-The Holy Faces of Christ and the Mother of God? exhibition will open in the Rumyantsevs-Paskevichs Palace in Gomel on 26 December, BelTA has learnt from the museum. The exposition will feature icons, books, and copper castings from the funds of the museum of the Rumyantsevs-Paskevichs Palace and private collections. Specialists say that the icons represent dif...
| 31.10.2013
GOMEL, 31 October (BelTA) - The exhibition "Not to Forget..." will open in the Gomel branch of the Vetka Museum of Old Believers and Belarusian Traditions on 1 November, BelTA learned from the museum. The exhibition is part of the project "Voices of Gone Villages" which is dedicated to the villages that disappeared after the Chernobyl tragedy. The exhibition will showcase the unique ite...
| 30.10.2013
MINSK, 30 October (BelTA) - The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus is expanding into Gomel. The agreement on its new branch was signed by Vladimir Gridyushko, Director General of the Opera and Ballet Theater, and Ivan Kovalenko, director of the cultural and sports center at Gomel Office of the Belarusian Railways, BelTA learnt from the theater. According to ...
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