The congress of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union has elected Dzmitry Varanyuk its new First Secretary of the Central Committee. He replaced Andrei Belyakou in this post.
Mr Varanyuk is 31 years old, he previously headed the Minsk Regional Committee of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union.
Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who sent personal greetings to the current congress of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union, stressed that “the union has become a reliable partner of the state in the conduct of youth policy.”
The BRYU in its current state has existed since 2002. The union fully supports Lukashenka’s policy, taking an active part in promotion events, including those held during election campaigns. The Union is financed by the state.
A year ago, Alyaksandr Lukashenka criticized the BRYU for excessive obsession with promotion activities:
“I have an impression that our ideological helpers — youth, public organizations — became carried away by flash mobs, PR actions and other ostentatious events. This is also needed, of course, it’s modern. They, apparently, forgot that their main task is daily diligent work with the youth.”