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In pictures: International book fair kicks off in Minsk

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Balay)

The 26th Minsk International Book Fair kicked off in the Belarusian capital on February 6.

The five-day event features exhibitors from 35 countries.

The United States was expected to have the status of guest of honor at the fair but the U.S. Embassy in Minsk had to pull out of the event because of the U.S. federal government’s shutdown. The Russian Federation was therefore chosen as the main exhibitor.

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Presidential Administration, the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly, various ministries and government agencies, foreign diplomatic missions and publishing houses.

Speeches were made by Mikhail Shvydkoy, a former Russian culture minister who now serves as the Russian president’s special representative for international cultural cooperation; Vladimir Grigoryev, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications; Grigory Rapota, state secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia; and others.

Uladzimir Zhawnyak, deputy head of the Presidential Administration, read out a message of greetings to the participants from Alyaksandr Lukashenka.




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