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State Awards and Prizes

State decorations of the Republic of Belarus are the highest form of rewarding citizens of the Republic of Belarus, foreign nationals, and stateless persons presented in recognition of their contribution to protecting and strengthening the state, enriching the country’s economic and spiritual potential.
Orders and Medals of the Republic of Belarus
Orders and Medals of the Republic of Belarus
The national legislation on state decorations is based on the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. It consists of the law “Concerning the State Awards of the Republic of Belarus” and relevant legal acts of the Republic of Belarus.

The decision to present state decorations of the Republic of Belarus is made by the President of the Republic of Belarus.

For this purpose the President signs relevant decrees.

Conferment of the Hero of Belarus title, orders and medals of the Republic of Belarus is a solemn occasion.

A state decoration of the Republic of Belarus is presented to the recipient in person. State awards of the Republic of Belarus can be presented by the President or other officials on his behalf.

Every recipient of the Hero of Belarus title, honorary titles, orders and medals of the Republic of Belarus get both the state decoration and a certificate.

Persons awarded honorary titles of the Republic of Belarus receive lapel badges.

State Awards of the Republic of Belarus

The state awards of the Republic of Belarus are:

The Hero of Belarus Title

The Hero of Belarus Medal

The Hero of Belarus title is the highest award of the nation which is presented in recognition of outstanding services to the state and the people associated with the feat accomplished in the name of freedom, independence, and prosperity of the Republic of Belarus.

The title was instituted by the law “Concerning the State Awards of the Republic of Belarus” of 13 April 1995. The Hero of Belarus title can only be awarded once to an individual. The Hero of Belarus title can be awarded posthumously. The title can be bestowed upon citizens of Belarus, foreign nationals and stateless persons.

Recipients of the title are also given medals of the Hero of Belarus.

The Hero of Belarus Medal is worn on the left side of the chest above all other medals and decorations.

So far the Hero of Belarus title has been bestowed upon eleven citizens of the Republic of Belarus.

The Hero of Belarus Medal is the accolade of exceptional merit

The Hero of Belarus Medal is a five-pointed star with smooth polyhedral rays on the obverse. The star is inscribed inside a circle with the diameter of 33mm. The plain reverse of the medal bears the serial number of the award in the center.

The medal is attached to an oblong bar by a ring. In the center of the medal bar there is a red and green moire ribbon.

The medal and the bar are made of 585 gold, with the decoration weighing 19g.

Prizes of the Republic of Belarus

State prizes of the Republic of Belarus are the highest rewards for workers of science, technology, literature, art, and architecture. They hail the contribution to the development of the country, promotion of spiritual values and are a testimony to the deep appreciation of the achievements of prize winners.

State Prizes of the Republic of Belarus

The State Prize of the Republic of Belarus is the highest reward for workers of science, technology, literature, art, and architecture. State prizes are available as:

the State Prize in Science and Technology;
the State Prize in Literature, Art, and Architecture.
The nomination of works and the selection of candidates for the State Prize is carried out in a transparent environment with active involvement of the general public and each entry is rigorously assessed in terms of its value and creative contribution of a candidate.

The State Prize is awarded to one applicant or group of applicants consisting of no more than three people at the most. The group of applicants for the State Prize cannot include persons, who performed purely administrative, consultative, or organizational functions, during the fulfillment of the work.

The State Prizes Committee of the Republic of Belarus is responsible for working out proposals regarding the conferment of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus. The committee then submits these proposals to the President of the Republic of Belarus.

The Committee is accountable to the President of the Republic of Belarus.

The Committee consists of the Presidium, the subcommittee on state prizes in science and technology, and the subcommittee on state prizes in literature, art, and architecture.

The Presidium is led by the chairman and two heads of the subcommittees.

The Committee comprises outstanding scientists, renowned researchers, masters of literature and art, great architects. The membership of the Committee and the two subcommittees is approved by the President of the Republic of Belarus.

A recipient of the State Prize is awarded the State Prize winner title, a badge of honor of the State Prize winner and a diploma of the State Prize winner.

Prizes of the President of the Republic of Belarus

Prizes of the President of the Republic of Belarus are bestowed upon creative figures, scientists, masters of culture and art who have reached considerable results in creative, cultural, educational work, have won recognition of the general public. The prizes are also conferred on the athletes who have made a huge contribution to the development of the mass sports movement.

Annual prizes are:

the prize For Spiritual Revival

special prizes of the President of the Republic of Belarus presented to the people of culture and arts
the special prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus The Belarusian Sports Olympus
Selection of candidates for the prize For Spiritual Revival and a special prize bestowed upon people of culture and art is carried out by organizations and personnel at sessions of collegial bodies or at personnel meetings in a transparent environment with active involvement of the public.

Selection of candidates for the special prize The Belarusian Sports Olympus is carried out by physical education, sport and tourism departments of local executive bodies, physical education and sport organizations (the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus, national sport federations, sport societies and clubs, specialized education institutions, sport complexes and other physical training and sport organizations).

Prizes are awarded in line with the decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus in a solemn environment.
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