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Heroes of Belarus

Eleven citizens of the Republic of Belarus have been honored with the Hero of Belarus title so far. These are Vladimir Karvat, Pavel Mariyev, Alexander Dubko, Mikhail Karchmit, Vitaly Kremko, Mikhail Vysotsky, Piotr Prokopovich, Vasily Revyako, Mikhail Savitsky, Filaret (Kirill Vakhromeyev), Darya Domracheva.
Heroes of Belarus Mikhail Vysotsky, Piotr Prokopovich, Vasily Revyako, Mikhail Savitsky, 3 March 2006, Minsk
Heroes of Belarus Mikhail Vysotsky, Piotr Prokopovich, Vasily Revyako, Mikhail Savitsky, 3 March 2006, Minsk

Vladimir Karvat (1958-1996). Lieutenant colonel of the Air Force. Starting from August 1994 he served in the Armed Forces of Belarus as the chief of the aerial weapons and tactics training department of the air base in the town of Baranovichi. On 23 May 1996 the training aircraft piloted by Vladimir Karvat caught fire. The aircraft lost control and started losing altitude. The flight control officer ordered Vladimir Karvat to eject, but the courageous pilot decided to prevent the aircraft from crashing in the populated area. At the cost of his own life he piloted the aircraft away from the villages of Arabovshchina and Bolshoye Gatishche, Baranovichi District, and saved the lives of residents. In line with Decree No. 484 of 21 November 1996, Vladimir Karvat was posthumously awarded the Hero of Belarus title for gallantry and heroism in the execution of military duty.


Pavel Mariyev (born 1938). Belarusian scientist and pioneer in quarry vehicle engineering. PhD of Technical Sciences, member of the Belarusian Engineering and Technological Academy. The Honored Worker of the Manufacturing Sector of Belarus. Pavel Mariyev worked at Belarusian Autoworks (BelAZ) starting from 1959. In 1980 he was appointed chief engineer, in 1992 he became director of the enterprise. In 1995 Pavel Mariyev was appointed Director General of Belarusian Autoworks. At present he works as the director of the scientific and technical center of quarry equipment and technologies of the United Institute of Machine Building of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. In line with Decree No. 360 of 29 June 2001, Pavel Mariyev was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the Belarusian automobile building industry.

Alexander Dubko (1938-2001). Belarusian businessman and statesman. Hero of the Socialist Labor. He worked as an agronomist and a seed grower, director of the agricultural company Stanislavovo of the Grodno Agricultural Institute, head of the Agriculture Department of the Berestovitsa District Executive Committee, Director of the Grodno Oblast trust of dairy and vegetable companies, Chairman of the Board of the agricultural company Progress (Grodno District), Chairman of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee. In line with Decree No. 361 of 30 June 2001, Alexander Dubko was posthumously awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his outstanding services to the state and the society.



Mikhail Karchmit (1949-2004). Belarusian businessman. Honored Worker of Agriculture of Belarus. In 1988 he became Chairman of the Board of the agricultural company Snov, Nesvizh District, Minsk Oblast. In 1997-2004 Mikhail Karchmit was a member of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. He cultivated new promising varieties of winter wheat. In line with Decree No. 362 of 30 June 2001, Mikhail Karchmit was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his diligent labor, exceptional contribution to the development of agricultural production.




Vitaly Kremko (1941-2009). Belarusian businessman. Honored Worker of Agriculture of Belarus. In 1984 he was appointed head of the agricultural company Oktyabr, Grodno District. Under the leadership of Vitaly Kremko, the agricultural company Oktyabr-Grodno became one of the flagships of the Belarusian agricultural industry. In line with Decree No. 362 of 30 June 2001, Vitaly Kremko was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his diligent labor, exceptional contribution to the development of agricultural production.




Mikhail Vysotsky (1928-2013). Belarusian scientist and machine builder, public figure, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, PhD in Technical Sciences, Professor, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Belarus, Honored Worker of the Manufacturing Industry of the USSR. The record of service of Mikhail Vysotsky exceeds 65 years. He designed six generations of linehaul road trains. He is the author of over 450 scientific publications, including 19 monographs, 134 inventions and 17 patents. In line with Decree No. 135 of 1 March 2006, Mikhail Vysotsky was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his remarkable services to the state and the society, personal contribution to the development of the national car and bus manufacturing, the Belarusian school of mechanical engineering and integrated design of mobile vehicles, fundamental and applied research, personnel training.

Piotr Prokopovich (born 1942). Belarusian statesman. For 24 years he worked in the construction industry in Brest Oblast. Over the period Piotr Prokopovich helped build nearly all the most important agricultural facilities in the country. In 1998-2011 he worked as the Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus. Piotr Prokopovich lobbied a number of state initiatives regarding the development of housing construction, preferential lending. In line with Decree No. 135 of 1 March 2006, Piotr Prokopovich was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his huge contribution to ensuring sustainable economic progress in Belarus, raising living standards of the population.




Vasily Revyako (born 1942). Honored Worker of Agriculture of the Republic of Belarus. Candidate of Agricultural Sciences. Vasily Revyako has worked in the agriculture for more than 35 years. In 1995 he became the head of the agricultural company Progress-Vertelishki, Grodno District. Progress-Vertelishki is one of the best agricultural companies in Belarus, a source of cutting-edge economic practices. In line with Decree No. 135 of 1 March 2006, Vasily Revyako was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the social and economic development of the country.




Mikhail Savitsky (1922-2010). Belarusian painter, pedagogue, People’s Artist of Belarus, People’s Artist of the USSR, member of the USSR Academy of Arts, member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Honored Master of Arts of Belarus, laureate of the state prizes of the USSR and the BSSR. Mikhail Savitsky made a big contribution to the development of the Belarusian painting. Over the years of creative work he produced a number of high-principled, patriotic paintings famous both in Belarus and worldwide. These masterpieces are the pride of the Belarusian culture. Works of Mikhail Savitsky are displayed in the best museums of Russia, Europe, the United States, and Japan. In line with Decree No. 135 of 1 March 2006, Mikhail Savitsky was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the social and economic development of the country.


Filaret (Kirill Vakhromeyev) (born 1935). Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarch Exarch of All Belarus from 1989 to 2013. Metropolitan Filaret is famous for his activities far beyond Belarus. He has helped restore all the dioceses that existed in the past, reopen many monasteries and convents, brotherhoods and sisterhoods. Metropolitan Filaret is the founder of the first Orthodox Christian theological academy in the country. With the blessing of the Patriarch Exarch, the Belarusian revered relic, the Cross of Saint Euphrosyne, was reconstructed and the House of Mercy, a unique social project of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, opened its doors. Metropolitan Filaret has done a lot to establish constructive and fruitful relations between the church and the state. In line with Decree No. 137 of 1 March 2006, Metropolitan Filaret was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of his exceptional personal contribution to the spiritual revival of the Belarusian nation, the strengthening of friendship and fraternal ties between the peoples, promotion of the interfaith dialogue.


Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva (born 1986). Athlete and instructor of the Belarusian national biathlon team, Honored Master of Sport of the Republic of Belarus, winner of the special prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus “The Belarusian Sports Olympus”. In 2009 she graduated from the Belarusian State Economic University. Darya Domracheva clinched a bronze medal at the 21st Olympic Winter Games in Canadian Vancouver. In 2012 the Belarusian was awarded the Order of Fatherland 3rd Class for outstanding sports achievements. In line with Decree No. 66 of 17 February 2014, Darya Domracheva was awarded the Hero of Belarus title in recognition of professional excellence and winning of three gold medals at the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the Russian Federation.

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