19 January 2018, Friday, 16:38

Belarusians pay last respects to Henadz Hrushavy


Hundreds of people came to the House of Mourning in Minsk to pay their last tribute to the prominent politician and public figure.

Many people brought flowers and knelt before the coffin, the newspaper Narodnaya Volia writes.

Henadz Hrushavy died at 63 on January 28.

He headed the Children of Chernobyl foundation for many years. The organisation helped more than two million of Belarusians, who had suffered from the accident at Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Henadz Hrushava was born in Minsk on July 24, 1950.

He graduated from the philosophy department of Belarusian State University, defended the PhD thesis “Occasionalism of Nicolas Malebranche”. He was a Doctor of Philosophical Science, Professor at Institute of Modern Knowledge (Minsk).

He was among organisers and active members of the Belarusian Popular Front party “Revival” (1988) and the chair of the board of the Belarusian charity foundation Children of Chernobyl (since 1989).

He was a member of the BPF party (1990-1995), a member of the Supreme Council of Belarus of the 13th convocation.

He headed the Belarusian Christian Democratic Party (since 1996), was a coordinator of the Assembly Of Pro-Democratic NGOs Of Belarus (1997). He organised the youth Christian and social union, 71 self-help groups, networks of youth social centres “Workshop of the Future” across Belarus (1997), was a co-chair of the civic committee “Choice 2001” (2000) and a member of the The International Peace Bureau's Council (Geneva).

He was convicted for organising the first Chernobyl Way rally (30.09.1989), coordinated the work of the first Assembly of Chernobyl Nations ( 25 – 26. 11. 1989) in Minsk. His foundation Children of Chernobyl helped more than 2 million Belarusians; 160,000 children visited foreign countries for rehabilitation.

He had to move to Germany (April 1997-March 1998) over a threat of arrest.

He received the Rafto Prize for human rights activity (1999).

Henadz Hrushavy wrote more than 200 works in philosophy and politology.