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Lukashenka lost to Skaryna, Masherau, and Kalinouski

13-10-2009, 16:09

According to an opinion poll, the Belarusian printing pioneer left behind Lukashenka in popularity ranking.

As "Nasha Niva" reports, a special section of the poll, carried out by Novak axiometrical research laboratory, was dedicated to national values of the Belarusians. The voters defined their favourite historic figure, the greatest architecture monument and literary work, and a symbol of the country.

The voters were to complete the sentence "If a Belarusian writer, it is ..." Yakub Kolas and Yanka Kupala became the leaders. Among the classics, Kolas got a victory (29.1%).

Kupala has 27.2%. He is followed by prose-writers Vasil Bykau (8.7%), Ivan Shamyakin (4.0%), and Uladzimir Karatkevich (3.8%). The novelists are followed by poets Maksim Tank (2.7%) and Maksim Bahdanovich (2.2%). Palesse "Robinson" Yanka Maur (0.9%) and the only 19th century writer Frantsishak Bahushevich are the last in the list. No alive writers were mentioned.

When the respondents tried to say the most significant literary work, they reminded "People of the Marsh" by Ivan Melezh (18.4%). Works by Yakub Kolas "A New Land" and "At the Crossroads" were ranked second and third gaining 9.3% and 5.0 of the votes respectively.

Then go "A Song about the Bison" by Mikola Husouski and works by Vasil Bykau (2.3% each). "Ears Under Your Sickle" by Karatkevich and "Paulinka" by Kupala gained 1.7% and 1.6% of the votes respectively. The most famous poem was ... the official hymn of Belarus.

What to the most famous historic figures, the completion "The Name of Belarus" was won by Francysk Skaryna. He was mentioned by every fourth (25.5%). The Man-avenue Pyotr Masherau was ranked second (12.0%). Kastus Kalinouski and Euphrosyne of Polatsk gained 4.4% and 3.6% of the votes respectively and left behind Alyaksandr Lukashenka (3.6%).

The most well-known architecture monument was called Mir Castle with 17.0%.