MOSCOW, 13 April (BelTA) – Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko presented the Francysk Skaryna Medal to Alla Tuzhilkina, Chairperson of the regional non-governmental organization National Cultural Autonomy of Belarusians in Moscow, in an official ceremony in the Business and Culture Center of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia, BelTA learned from the press service of the embassy.
In line with the Belarusian president's decree, Alla Tuzhilkina was honored with the medal for her services to the Belarusian-Russian cultural ties and popularization of Belarusian cultural heritage in Russia.
Ambassador Vladimir Semashko hailed Alla Tuzhilkina's great contribution to the establishment and development of the Belarusians of Moscow autonomy. “In 1999, you were among the people who spearheaded the establishment of the Belarusians of Moscow autonomy, whose mission is to uphold cultural traditions of your historical homeland,”the ambassador noted. “You have spent more than 20 years, working hard and putting your heart into the development of the autonomy that has become a major public association. Under your leadership, the autonomy actively cooperates with scientific, educational, and national communities,”he added.
For her part, Alla Tuzhilkina expressed confidence that the organization will implement many more new great ideas and projects to strengthen the friendship between Belarus and Russia.
Attending the ceremony were representatives of the Department of National Policy and Interregional Ties of Moscow, the Council of the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia, the Moscow House of Nationalities, the House of the Peoples of Russia, the Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, and the federal national and cultural autonomy Belarusians of Russia.
Photos courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia