The winners of international and special prizes of the 24th national program “person of the year 2019”

For Ukraine, irrevocably elect their priorities, democratic values, it’s important to gain the attention and support of the international community, significant contribution of well-known figures on the international scale in the formation of Ukraine as a sovereign democratic state.

Ukrainians with sincere appreciate the support and comprehensive assistance by prominent foreign figures.
Nationwide program “person of the year” in 2001 established an annual international prize of the representatives of the international community, who have made a significant personal contribution to the establishment of democracy in Ukraine, promote peace and preserve the unity of the country. The international prize of the national program “person of the year” is recognition of and sincere gratitude to the distinguished leaders of the international scale for their love for Ukraine, respect for our history, our traditions, for their confidence in the future prosperity of Ukraine. The international prize “Man of the year” is not only a manifestation of feelings of gratitude, but also the adoption of the image of Ukraine as a state, able to appreciate friends. Among the owners of these prestigious international awards – European heads of state, the diplomats, philanthropists and eminent representatives of world culture and art. Honorary prizes were awarded by representatives of 27 countries. It is a sincere friends, seeking to support, promote and patronage in the construction of the Ukrainian state.

In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Academic Council of nationwide program “Person of the year” the winners of international and special prizes of the 24th national program “person of the year 2019” are:

1. International award in the field of socio-political activities of the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili.

Georgian and French public and political figure. The first in the country’s history a woman President and the last President elected by popular vote.

The leader of the party “Way of Georgia”. Foreign Minister of Georgia (2004-2005), Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Georgia, the Chairman of the General Secretariat of national defence of France on international issues and strategy (2001-2003). Long worked in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of France.

Awarded the Legion of honor and the Order of France “For merits”.

Georgia always supports Ukraine and during all years of independence for Ukraine remains one of the main partners in the region.

Over the past two years has been the intensification of political dialogue and inter-parliamentary cooperation, including official visit of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to Georgia, during which was signed the Declaration on the establishment of strategic partnership between our countries and identifies the main objectives: the de-occupation of the territories of Ukraine and Georgia, restoration of territorial integrity and full integration of Ukraine and Georgia into the EU and NATO.

The proximity of positions of Ukraine and Georgia in integration into European structures and makes our close cooperation in international organizations – UN, Council of Europe, OSCE, GUAM.

Deepening cooperation in trade-economic and investment spheres, energy, transport, agriculture and tourism trade is growing, at the end of the 2018 year, Ukraine entered the TOP-5 trading partners of Georgia, signed the cooperation agreement in the areas of diplomacy, sports and education. Between Ukraine and Georgia historically close cultural and humanitarian ties, annually more than 50 cultural events in Georgia with the participation of representatives of Ukraine – the Days of Ukrainian cinema in Tbilisi, an art exhibition, and numerous children’s festivals, Shevchenko days.

2. International award “For significant contribution to development of partnership, friendship and economic relations with Ukraine,” – Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Turkish Republic in Ukraine I. V. Yagmur Ahmed HOLDERE.

Thanks to the efforts of the Ambassador is constantly expanding the range of Ukrainian-Turkish relations, deepening cooperation in such strategic spheres as energy, transport, defence industry, Aero-space research and technology industry, are actively developing inter-regional and cultural-humanitarian ties between our States .

Over the past few months there have been new positive developments in relations between the two countries – namely, Turkey became one of the first countries visited 7-8 August 2019 with an official visit of Ukraine’s President-elect Vladimir Zelensky.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first who congratulated Vladimir Zelensky victory in the presidential election.

The first personal meeting of leaders has laid a good Foundation for further fruitful dialogue. In the course of bilateral negotiations was adopted a number of important agreements between Kiev and Ankara, including the finalization of the negotiation process for drafting the agreement on free trade zone, to be held in Kiev before the end of the year the next meeting of the Strategic Council of high level, VIII Ukrainian-Turkish forum. Between Ukraine and Turkey is active in the construction of roads, airports, sea ports, defense, energy and tourism sectors. Signed a bilateral Protocol on space exploration between the specialized agencies of the two countries.

3. International award “For the revival of cultural contacts and spiritual rapprochement of peoples” – a popular Italian group “Ricchi e Poveri”.

Musical career of the band started in Genoa in 1968, when he took part in the festival “Cantagiro” with the song “L’ultimo Amore” (“Last love”). Since 1970, the group took part in the festival of Sanremo with the songs “La prima cosa bella”, “Che sarà”, “Un diadema di ciliege”, “Dolce frutto”, “Un disco per l estate”, “Povera bimba” and “Due storie dei musicanti”.

In 1978 Ricchi e Poveri represented Italy in the Eurovision song contest.

Hit Mamma Maria brought the world love. Year Mamma Maria are at the top of the music charts in Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium and has been translated into five languages. A self-titled album shattered with a circulation of 6 million copies.

In 1981, in San Remo “Ricchi e Poveri” made with the song “Sarà perché ti amo”, which is 10 weeks, stayed in first place in the charts of Italy, at the end of the year took 6th place, ahead of all the songs of the festival. The song also became a super hit in Europe. During this period, the group has received numerous awards: in 1981 For “best band of the year”, a gold disc for the song “Sarà perché ti amo”, as well as a gold plate RAI 5, winning two editions in a row in the program on this channel. In 1985, the “Ricchi e Poveri” won the festival of Sanremo with the song “Se m innamoro” (“If I fall”). To win at the festival adds award Medien, handed over a large number of CDs sold in France. Passed in 1986, the first tour in the Soviet Union include 44 concerts, which are collected 780 thousand spectators.

The group performs numerous tours in Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Moldova, Georgia, Lithuania, Australia, Albania, Slovenia, Hungary, Canada and the United States.

The group “Ricchi e Poveri” – the recognized leaders of the Italian wave in producing hits. After victories at several festivals in San Remo, the song “Se m innamoro”, “Made in Italy”, “M innamoro di te”, “Che sarà”, “Acapulco” started singing on all continents, the group has earned more than one million, selling twenty million copies of records and releasing forty albums.

4. International award in the field of culture and art of the legendary Czech singer and actress Helena VONDRÁČKOVÁ

Widely known in Czechoslovakia received after winning the musical talent show in 1964. After winning the competition have released their first recording — the song “Červená řeka”, the Czech translation of the American “Red River Valley”.

Repeatedly participated in international music competitions. In 1977 he won the song festival in Sopot, Poland.

From 1968 to 1970, he performed in the trio “Golden kids” with Causeway Marta and václav Neckargem.

Repeatedly appeared on Soviet television, including Blue light, March 8, 1983.

In 1993 he took 5th place at the song festival in Sopot, Poland, performing the song “Golden Kids”.

In 2000 won the prestigious International song festival in Sopot with the song “Veselé Vánoce a šťastný nový rok”.

In the spring of 2012 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia was a concert in honor of the 65th anniversary of the singer.

5. A special prize.M.Voronin “For the high style of life” – film Director, screenwriter and film producer Roman BALAYAN.

Roman BALAYAN, film Director, screenwriter and film producer. Laureate of the State prize of the USSR, people’s artist of Ukraine, member of the National Academy of arts of Ukraine.

As a filmmaker, Balayan started in 1970 at the Kiev film Studio name A. Dovzhenko. Roman Balayan considers himself a student of Sergei Parajanov. The second feature film Balayan’s “lone wolf” was nominated at the 1977 Berlinale for the Golden Bear. His film “Flights in dreams and reality” in 1987 became one of the highest grossing hits of the Soviet cinema. In 1986 he shot the feature film “Bless me, my talisman”. The film starred a whole galaxy of famous actors: Oleg Yankovskiy, Tatyana Drubich, Aleksandr Abdulov, Aleksandr Zbruev, Mikhail Kozakov, Bulat Okudzhava. This film received the “Golden Tulip” Istanbul international film festival. Art drama “Two months, three of the sun” was nominated in 1998 at the International film festival in Karlovy vary for “Crystal globe”.

His films arouse the interest of viewers and critical acclaim.

Full cavalier of the Order “For merit” (I, II and III).

6. A special prize. Gennady Knyshov “fidelity to the humanistic ideas and human values preumnozhenija” – doctor of medical Sciences, Professor, Honored doctor of Ukraine Vasyl LAZORYSHYNETS.

Mr. LAZORYSHYNETS – doctor of medical Sciences, Professor, academician of NAMS of Ukraine, Honored doctor of Ukraine, Laureate of State prize of Ukraine in science and technology, Director of se “national Institute of cardiovascular surgery named after N. N. Amosov NAMS of Ukraine”.

In 2016, head of the Department of surgery of the heart and great vessels.

A student of academician of AMS and NAS of Ukraine V. Knyshov, a leading cardiac surgeon of Ukraine, scientific and practical activity which relates with the development, improvement and implementation of modern and perspective directions of pediatric cardiovascular surgery, methods of surgical treatment of complex congenital heart defects.

Passed training in USA, UK, France, Germany. He took an active part in international congresses, symposia on cardiovascular surgery.

Mr. Lazoryshynets actively operates and has performed over 7,000 heart surgeries. In 2016 V. V. Lazoryshynets elected Chairman of the Association of cardiovascular surgeons of Ukraine. Full member of the European Association for cardio-thoracic surgeons, member of the French Association of cardiovascular surgeons, the American Association of thoracic surgeons. A founding member of the world Association of children’s cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.

V. V. Lazoryshynets author of over 400 scientific works, including 14 books and 36 patents.

Awarded the order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise V degree (2007) and IV degree (2017), insignia of NAMS of Ukraine “a Medal of a name of N. N. Amoz.”

International and special awards for 2019 will be awarded to the recipients during the 24th awards ceremony “person of the year 2019”, which will take place on the 21st March 2020 at the National Opera of Ukraine.