MINSK, 22 January (BelTA) - The Belarusian Embassy in Tokyo has put together a photo exhibition, with the assistance of the Russian diplomatic mission, to celebrate the Soviet diplomat and politician Piotr Abrasimov (1912 – 2009), BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Japan.
The event has been timed to mark the professional holiday of Belarusian diplomacy - Diplomats Day. It was attended by Belarusian Ambassador to Japan Ruslan Yesin. Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin also participated in the opening ceremony and congratulated the embassy staff and all Belarusian diplomats on the professional holiday.
The biography of Piotr Abrasimov was very rich, the embassy said. "He was a veteran of the Great patriotic War. During the war he was seriously wounded twice. Piotr Abrasimov worked in the central headquarters of the guerrilla movement, participated in the development of a number of successful guerrilla operations, including those in the enemy's rear. After the end of the Great Patriotic War, Piotr Abrasimov became the permanent representative of the Belarusian SSR to the Council of Ministers of the USSR, then the first deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Belarusian SSR and the secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of of Byelorussia, the first chairman of the USSR State Committee on Foreign Tourism. He was awarded four Orders of Lenin, Orders of the October Revolution, the Red Banner, the Red Banner of Labor, and the orders of foreign states," the Belarusian Embassy said.
In the 1950s, Piotr Abrasimov began working in the diplomatic service, first in China, and then, in 1957-1961, in Poland. He served as Soviet Ambassador to the GDR (two terms), and Ambassador to France.
In the mid-1980s, Piotr Abrasimov headed the Soviet Embassy in Japan. During his tenure the embassy held the first Days of Belarusian Culture in Japan, which is now seen as an important event for the development of the Belarusian-Japanese friendship.