The Belarusians denied the de-Russification of television
Press Secretary of Alexander Lukashenko Natalia Eismont denied information on the introduction of quotas on Belarusian-language content on TV. About it reports “radio Svaboda” (Belarusian service of “Radio Liberty”).
Eismont believes that the statement of the head of the presidential administration of Belarus Natalia Kochanova on the introduction of quotas on Belorusskaya products was misunderstood by journalists.
The idea was that television was represented by no less than 30 percent of national content, i.e. movies and programs created in Belarus.
According to Eismont, “in this context you can count on the fact that the Belarusian language should be used more often.” “Of course not, no,” she replied to the question about possible quotas for the Belarusian language on television.
Russian language in Belarus is one of the two state. This status he got after the last 1995 referendum. Then for making Russian language a state status voted 83.3% of the population. According to the last census held in the country in 2009, 70 percent of the population identified by the home language Russian, Belarusian and 23%.