Veterans of the Customs. Through years and fates
«Through years and fates»
Kalachik Tamara Petrovna
“The work in customs is very diverse”. Tamara Petrovna started her work in customs service as an inspector of Minsk customs post of Brest customs in 1964, then she moved to Minsk customs in 1975.
“I was a teacher, a senior researcher of the laboratory of restoration and microphotocopying of documentary materials. But then I came to customs service and stayed here for a long time because the work is very diverse” – Tamara Petrovna says.
She carried out customs inspection and customs clearance of international mail, baggage of soviet military personnel and those, who moved for permanent residence to other countries, equipment for international exhibitions from German Democratic Republic, United Kingdom, France and other countries. While working in customs Tamara Petrovna met such outstanding people as Brezhnev and Pompidou. What things were inspected sometimes! Once the colleague of Tamara Petrovna was inspecting dried fruits in international parcel and noticed thin seam on a pear. As it turned out, the pear was carefully cut along, the seeds where taken out and instead it was filled with a ring, and only after that the pear was dried.
Tamara Petrovna remembers much more stories from work and she is proud of being the part of customs service.
Umanova Ninel Fedorovna
Ninel Fedorovna was born in Minsk in 1934. She had been working in customs as an inspector of Minsk customs post of Brest customs since 1969, then she was appointed as senior inspector in Minsk customs in 1975, later she was appointed as the director of post department of the customs in 1983.
Ninel Fedorovna shares her memories about work in customs and reminisces only bright spots. She says she worked with great pleasure, although she had to spend her personal time at work: “I worked not for fear, but for conscience”. Literate, erudite workmates and superiors with a great sense of humor made this work enjoyable. As Ninel Fedorovna says, she retired with sadness, but with great pride for the work she did.
Outstanding person, veteran of the customs service of the Republic of Belarus. How many things coincide in this personality!
Dmitriy Petrovich was born on October 1, 1929 in a village Lavrenovichi, Tolochinski district, Minsk region. There he went school and survived the occupation. A regular boy from village entered Minsk Institute of Law in 1950 and successfully graduated. He was directed to work as investigator of the procuracy in Sirotinski district, Vitebsk region in 1954, where he had been working for 3 years. Later he was transferred to Brest, where he had been working for 4 years.
Dmitriy Petrovich got the job as controller of Brest customs in 1964. While working he learned Polish by himself, also he learned German and English on special courses. There was a lot of work with foreigners at that time so a good command of foreign languages was as useful as the knowledge of customs legislation. He had been working in Brest customs for 12 years, then he was transferred to Minsk customs post as an inspector. He was awarded with the badge “Excellent worker of the customs service of USSR”.
He retired as a senior inspector in title of the adviser of customs service of III rank in 1995.
Dmitriy Petrovich describes some cases from everyday work in his autobiography “MEMORIES” and here is one of them:
“We had to inspect baggage of Vietnamese citizens. During the inspection it turned out that elderly Vietnamese woman, who worked at shoes factory in Minsk, transported 2 fridges. According to customs rules I had to let by only one of them, that is why I offered to leave another one. Vietnamese woman didn’t agree with it and started persuading me to make an exception for her. I couldn’t do this and continued inspecting baggage of other Vietnamese citizens. And then something unexpected happened. I didn’t see it personally, but everybody gasped in surprise. This Vietnamese woman jumped highly like a cat and tried to hit me in the back with her leg. I was rescued due to being out of reach of her leg. As it turned out later, she fought in Vietnam in past and was good at Karate”.
A touch of humor feels in the story of Dmitriy Petrovich, although the situation was dangerous.
According to Dmitriy Petrovich he discovered the gift of expressing thoughts in poetic form after he started work in customs service, there he found his own style. The first poem was written in unusual circumstances, in anticipation of surgery operation. It proves once again that Dmitriy Petrovich is an exceptional person because not everyone can create something beautiful from his thoughts at hard times.
Veteran of the customs service, outstanding person – that is all about Ivanuto Dmitriy Petrovich!
Gorbach Arcadiy Ivanovich
Arcadiy Ivanovich was born on March 25, 1948 in Borisov, where he studied and grew up. He entered professional technical school in 1962 and successfully graduated it in 1964. Then he was directed to work at Minsk Motorcycle Factory, he had been working there for 3 years. Later he was called to the ranks of the soviet army in the border troops in 1967. After that he graduated Belarusian State University in 1984.
According to Arcadiy Ivanovich he wanted to associate his life with customs service. He had been working in customs from February 1, 1970. Arcadiy Ivanovich was asked “What meaning had customs service for you?”. The answer was “That is all my life!”.
Arcadiy Ivanovich started his way as inspector of Minsk customs post of Brest customs and passed a brilliant path to the chief of customs post “Stepyanka” of Minsk regional customs. While working he was repeatedly encouraged by governance of Belarusian Customs Committee and Minsk regional customs.
Gorbach Arcadiy Ivanovich, the adviser of customs service of II rank, who dedicated whole life to the customs service of his homeland!
Natalia Nikolaevna started working in customs as junior foreign correspondent – typist in Minsk customs on August 25, 1976. She consistently held the following positions: inspector, senior inspector, main inspector, chief of customs clearance and control department №2. Natalia Nikolaevna was devoted to her duties. Natalia Nikolaevna retired as the chief of customs clearance and control department №2 of Minsk regional customs in 2008.
Kostukevich Alevtina Onufrievna
Alevtina Onufrievna had been working in customs since March 15, 1976. She started her career as an inspector in Brest customs. She was transferred to customs clearance and control department “Minsk post”, where she worked as a senior inspector. While working Alevtina Onufrievna revealed many cases of transference of prohibited goods through the customs border. Thus only in 2005 she revealed 80 cases of violation of customs law. That is a remarkable result of work, however Alevtina Onufrievna modestly answers “I defended the interests of homeland”.