MNSK, 21 December (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed decrees to honor 78 representatives of various professions with state awards, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.
In recognition of the many-year productive work in government bodies, a big personal contribution to the development of integration processes in the Eurasian space, consistent efforts to protect Belarus' interests, and the implementation of the state policy the Order of Fatherland 2nd Class was conferred on Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich. The Order of Fatherland 3rd Class was bestowed upon Chairperson of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly Natalya Kochanova. She received this award in recognition of her productive public and social activities, a big personal contribution to the development of legislation, parliamentarism and inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Orders, medals and honorary titles were conferred on a big group of people in recognition of the many-year productive work, professional excellence, exemplary fulfillment of service duties, a big personal contribution to the organization of the 2019 Belarusian population census, improvement of the tax system, preservation and promotion of the national historical and cultural legacy, development of the petrochemical, chemical and processing industries, the potash industry, agriculture and the utilities industry, promotion of education, art, culture and sport.
Chairperson of the National Statistical Committee Inna Medvedeva received the Order of Honor; head of the Republican Special Operations Department of the Emergencies Ministry Igor Zarembo and head of the Vitebsk Oblast Department of the State Forensic Examination Committee Yuri Shchetko received the Order for Service to the Homeland 3rd Class. The Order of Francysk Skaryna was conferred on professor of the Department of Scenic Speech, Singing and Plastic Movement of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts Viktor Sarkisyan and methodologist of the department of local history and search activities of the regional art center Nikolai Borisenko.
Soldiers of the Armed Forces were honored with the Medal for Excellence in Military Service. Among the awardees are deputy head of the General Staff – head of the operational department of the General Staff of the Air Defense Forces Andrei Arefyev, head of the information and analytical department of the General Staff Artyom Butorin, head of the 127th Guards Communications Brigade Yevgeny Gvozdev and head of the 61st fighter aircraft unit of Air Force and Air Defense Yuri Pyzhik.
The Medal for Labor Merits was conferred on a big group of people. In particular, the award was conferred on Deputy Chairperson of the National Statistical Committee Zhanna Vasilevskaya and head of the Main Department of Demographic Statistics and Population Census of the National Statistical Committee Tatyana Babuk, basketball coach and instructor of Rechitsa Specialized Olympic Reserve School for Children and Youth No. 1 Aleksandr Verkhoturov, First Vice Rector of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts Svetlana Vinokurova, coach and psychologist of the national trampoline team Irina Konon.
A big group of art luminaries was honored with the Medal of Francysk Skaryna. Among the awardees are professor of the Direction Department of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts Grigory Borovik, chief stage performer of the Minsk New Drama Theater Lyudmila Batalova, Chairman of the Mogilev Oblast Department of the Belarusian Union of Writers Aleksandr Kozeko.
In accordance with the decree, honorary titles of the Republic of Belarus were conferred on a big group of people. Art director – chef conductor of the show orchestra of the Armed Forces Yevgeny Dovzhik became the Honored Artist of Belarus. Teacher of the Grodno State College of Arts Nikolai Bondarchuk and head of the Arts and Crafts and Costume Department of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts received the Honored Figure of Art of Belarus titles.
The Honored Worker of Education of Belarus title was conferred on Vice Rector for Scientific and Methodical Work of the Post-Graduate Education Academy Galina Nikolayenko. Operator of mining machines of Belaruskali Viktor Klyayn received the Honored Miner of Belarus title.
Head coach of the men's national handball team of the Belarusian Handball Federation Yuri Shevtsov became the Honored Coach of Belarus. The Honored Master of Sport of Belarus title was conferred on athletes and instructors of the national trampoline team Hanna Hancharova and Maria Makharinskaya, coach and instructor of the Sports Committee of the Armed Forces Marina Slutskaya and student of the Bobruisk State Olympic Reserve College Dmitry Khodas.