Posted: 01.03.2024 10:13:00

Commemorative medal established in Belarus to honour 80th anniversary of country’s liberation from Nazi invaders

On February 29th, Head of State Aleksandr Lukashenko signed Decree No. 75, establishing the anniversary medal: 80 Years of the Liberation of Belarus from the Nazi Invaders – as reported by the Belarusian leader’s press service

The document also approved the regulations on the anniversary medal, its description and a sample certificate for it.

The medal’s front side depicts a figure of a soldier of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army in summer uniform with a Shpagin submachine gun in his hands, as well as a figure of a partisan with a Degtyarev light machine gun to the right. The years ‘1944’ and ‘2024’ are written to the right of the figures, one below the other, while an image of a fireworks is displayed above. The Order of the Patriotic War – golden in colour – is placed on a wreath of oak leaves at the bottom.

The reverse side of the medal contains the inscription reading: 80 Years of the Liberation of Belarus from the Nazi Invaders, around which there is a laurel half-wreath entwined with a ribbon and a five-pointed gold-coloured star on it.

The anniversary medal will be awarded to veterans of the Great Patriotic War, former prisoners of fascist camps, prisons, ghettos and other places of forced detention created by the fascists and their allies during WWII, alongside to foreign citizens and stateless persons who permanently reside outside of Belarus but directly received participation in the fighting for Belarus’ liberation from the Nazi invaders during the Great Patriotic War.

The medal will also be bestowed upon military personnel of the Armed Forces, other troops and military formations of Belarus, government officials and other persons who have made a significant contribution to the heroic and patriotic education of the country’s citizens, perpetuating the memory of the dead and organising the events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the German fascist invaders.