Distinguished Belarusians honored with state awards

    State decorations of the Republic of Belarus were bestowed upon representatives of various professions in recognition of many-years productive work, exemplary fulfillment of service duties and professional excellence, a big personal contribution to the development of civil aviation, construction and oil industries, healthcare, great achievements in education, science, culture and art. The corresponding decree was signed by President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko.

    The Order of Fatherland 3rd Class was presented to Chairman of the Belarusian Committee of Veterans of Special Risk Divisions Oleg Yesin.

    Head of the interior forces department of the Belarusian Military Academy colonel Igor Naumenko was decorated with the Order for Service to the Homeland 2nd Class.

    The Order for Service to the Homeland 3rd Class was bestowed upon colonel Oleg Matkin, deputy commander of the interior forces of the Interior Ministry – head of the operational and combat training department, colonel Andrei Putrik, deputy head of military unit No. 1250 of the border service, colonel of police Igor Tumash, chief of staff of the main interior department of the Minsk City Executive Committee, and colonel of the interior service Alexander Ukrainets, head of the Gomel Engineer Institute of the Emergencies Ministry.

    Head of the foodstuffs and meat products technologies chair of the Mogilev State Food University Zoya Vasilenko received the Order of Honor.

    Svetlana Sukhovei, chief master of stage of the Film Actors’ Theater-Studio of the Belarusfilm National Film Studio, was given the Order of Francysk Skaryna.

    A number of people received medals for excellent labor. Among them are Nikolai Demyanenko, director of the Belorusneft scientific research and design institute of oil, and Vladimir Koshevets, deputy commander of the aviation division responsible for the organization of flights – head of the piloting and navigation department of the Belarusian national air carrier Belavia.

    A number of military, border guards, workers of law enforcement agencies and rescuers were awarded medals for impeccable military service, for excellence in the maintenance of public order, state border protection, prevention and mitigation of emergencies.

    A group of people received medals of Francysk Skaryna. Among the awardees are head of the Modern Arts Center Viktor Alshevsky, director of the Yanka Kupala State Literature Museum Yelena Leshkovich and rector of the Minsk Oblast Institute of Education Development Svetlana Sitnikova.

    The People’s Artist of Belarus title was conferred on drama artist, chief master of stage of the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theater Zinaida Zubkova.

    Workers of various industries were decorated with the Honored Artist title, the Honored Master of Arts title, the Honored Master Culture title, the Honored Worker of Education title, the Honored Builder title, the Honored Worker of Prosecution Bodies title.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko has also signed a decree to present the Medal for Impeccable Service 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class. Among the awardees are colonel Sergei Drozdov, head of the main department for ideology and personnel policy of the State Border Committee, and colonel Leonid Kursov, deputy head of the main operational department of the State Border Committee.