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Awarding of the Siritsa Prize 2019

Awarding of the Siritsa Prize 2019

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The following persons became the winners of the Viktar Siritsa Prize awarded by the Movement For Freedom (MFF) for the fourth time — Edzita Brantsevich for her support of a Belarusian-language group in a kindergarten in Smarhon and Khristafor Zhaliapau for hosting a conference titled ‘Belarusian Statehood. Past and Present’ in Vitsebsk.

Viktar Siritsa, a prominent ethnographer, historian, activist, and coordinator of the local MFF branch in Baranavichi, died suddenly in 2015. In 2016, the MFF established the prize in his name to honour the activists who organized outstanding regional initiatives over the year. This year, the award council received 25 applications, of which 7 were included in the short list for the vote of the council.

“The Viktar Siritsa Prize helps draw attention to worthy initiatives and campaigns relating to the Belarusian revival, which are held in the regions,” said MFF Chairman Yuri Hubarevich at the Council meeting.

He also noted the positive fact that public voting appeared in addition to the primary voting. “In this way, the vote for the award winner now goes beyond the MFF. The applicants can involve people who are aware of their activities and support them,” said the politician.

Larisa Shchirakova became the winner of the public vote for her "The Killed and Forgotten’ campaign to perpetuate the victims of Stalinist repressions near Homel.

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