Conferment of state awards

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko presented state awards to representatives of various professions on 17 January.

“We honor hard-working and motivated people, people whose triumph will be lauded by the entire country today. Before I give well-deserved state awards to you, I would like to say that the work of every one of you is very important for our state, we applaud your integrity and commitment, your achievements make us proud of our nation,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The awards ceremony at the Palace of Independence was attended by about 40 representatives of various professions.

First of all, the head of state thanked workers of the manufacturing sector. “Thanks to you, Belarusian-made products are popular all over the world. People’s trust in the quality of our products is worth a lot and demands exceptional devotion and perseverance from workers,” he said. The Honored Worker of Agriculture of Belarus title was conferred on director of the agricultural enterprise Zhdanovichi Grigory Chuiko; the Honored Builder of Belarus title – on director of OAO Minsk Promtransproyekt Arkady Spotkai.

The President also thanked Belarusian scientists. In his words, scientists and researchers create a technological basis for the development of Belarus. The Honored Inventor of Belarus title and the Honored Scientist of Belarus title were bestowed upon senior advisor of ZAO Holographic Industry Leonid Tanin and chief researcher of the horticultural crops department of the Fruit Growing Institute Valery Matveyev.

State awards were also given to figures of culture and art. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, creative projects of many Belarusian musicians, artists and film makers are the golden fund and the national legacy of Belarus. The Honored Figure of Arts of Belarus title was conferred on professor of the art education chair of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University Georgy Loiko. The Honored Artist of Belarus titles were bestowed upon soloist of the State Academic Dance Company Nikolai Babashko and actor of the Maxim Gorky National Academic Drama Theater Valery Shushkevich. Member of the Belarusian Union of Film Makers Vera Savina received the Honored Figure of Culture of Belarus title.

“We also honor our athletes who became honored masters of sport. By winning and bringing glory to our country, you unite all of us in the sincerest feeling – the feeling of national pride,” the head of state said. The Honored Master of Sport of Belarus title was given to three-time world champion, eight-time winner of the World Cup, professional world champion, master of sport of international class in kickboxing and Muay Thai Sergei Skiba. The Honored Master of Sport of Belarus title were also conferred on coaching athlete of the national underwater sports team Dmitry Gavrilov, coaching athletes of the national radiosport team Anna Shevelenko and Sergei Shvedko.

State awards were presented to Belarusian teachers. According to the President, they are the responsible for the most valuable things, namely the future of the country and the strengthening of people’s self-confidence. Aleksandr Lukashenko presented the Order of Francysk Skaryna to first vice rector of the Maxim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University Svetlana Kopteva. The Honored Worker of Education of Belarus titles were conferred on head of the political science chair of the law department of the Belarusian State University Sergei Reshetnikov and director of the National Youth Art Center Nadezhda Vasilchenko.

“In the year of the 75th anniversary of Great Victory we need to pay special attention to the preservation of historical memory and traditional moral values, raising of the younger generation using the example of the heroic feat of our nation,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked people in uniform, workers of law enforcement bodies and judiciary system. All goals are attainable when peace, stability and order reign in the society, he stressed. The President presented the Order for Service to the Homeland 3rd Class to Igor Oberemko, the head of the professional advancement center for senior workers and specialists of the Interior Ministry’s Security Service Department, and Dmitry Vasyukovich, a special investigator of the department for investigating crimes against person and public security of the main investigation department of the Investigation Committee of Belarus.

Addressing the awardees, the President remarked that by fulfilling the most ambitious plans they inspire their compatriots to reach new heights. “Being a leader in your profession is a huge responsibility and hard routine work. National recognition is big trust. I am convinced that you will make new achievements in the best interests of your Fatherland in the future,” the Belarusian leader remarked.