H.E. Stanislau Shushkevich
His Excellency Stanislau Shushkevich played a pivotal role in Soviet history. In 1991, as head of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, he joined Ukraine’s Leonid Kravchuh and Russia’s Boris Yeltsin in signing the historic Belavezha Accord that disbanded the USSR. Sushkevich went on to serve as Belarus’s first post-Soviet leader, a position he held until 1994. In 2012, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation awarded him with the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom.