Craoltoir (shupa) wrote in linguaphiles,


Uladzia (rydel23) was buried today in Minsk. He died on May 25 after 11-month coma.

Uladzia was one of the first Belarusians exposed to the Internet in the early 90s, when he, then a teenager, studied in the US on the Freedom Support Act fellowship program. He was passionate about the new medium and became one of the most renowned Belarusian cybernauts.

As creator of dozens of pioneering web projects, author of Belarusian Google interface, founder of Belarusian Wikipedia, one of the first Belarusian bloggers - and definitely the most prolific one - he brought good news (and occasionally bad news) about our country to the world.

Nobody could beat him in his workaholic productivity - we would need at least five people to compensate for his absence. And nobody can ever replace him as promoter of Belarusian culture, history and language on the net.

He was a real ambassador of Belarus in cyberspace.

Thousands of people who know him have never seen him, never met him in the off-line world. Working on all his web projects day and night, Uladzia mostly lived in cyberspace.

I am sure he is in a real geek heaven now, with 24/7 megabroadband internet access, with supercomputers running on quantum processors.

And I am sure we'll meet again. A bit later.

And he'll tell us about all the wonderful things that happened there while we were away.

Vova, don't rest in peace. Go on. may the force be with you
Tags: belarusian, personal

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