Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus was born in the village of Kopys, Orsha District, Vitebsk Oblast. He lived and went to school in the agrotown of Alexandria, Shklov District, Mogilev Oblast. Today, when talking to young people and recalling the school years, the Head of State would admit that he was always more into humanities. He had a soft spot for literature and history, and in his student years for philosophy.

"The well-balanced perception of the world, confidence of Belarusians in themselves and their future stem from the inseparable connection with their native land. The village is not just a piece of land. It's a whole civilization. It is ours, Belarusian."
"Wherever I go (and I’ve been all over the world already), I spend two days and feel homesick. I cannot spend more than two days outside my country. Not because I am the head of state but because I just feel this way. I want every Belarusian to feel homesick for the native country: if your soul is here, then my presidency was not in vain."