Yuriy Zisser

Programmer, businessman, founder and co-owner of the Belarusian Internet project TUT.BY.

Original name:

Ziser Iury

Years of life

28.06.1960 – 17.05.2020


Yuri Zisser was born in Lviv, Ukraine. Programmer, businessman, founder and co-owner of the Belarusian Internet project TUT.BY


In 1981, he worked as a technician and then as a software engineer at Lviv Polytechnic Institute and Lviv Post Office. From 1982 to 1987, he worked at Lviv “Biophyspribor” plant as a software engineer. In 1987, Yuri moved to Minsk, where for the next three years he worked as a system programmer at the Research Institute of Oncology and Medical Radiology of the Ministry of Health of the BSSR, also doing scientific work. In 1990-1991, he worked as a programmer at the “Fakel” cooperative in Langepas, Tyumen Oblast, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District.

In 1992 Zisser founded his own company called ‘Nadezhnye Programy’ (eng. Reliable programs), which specialized in the development, implementation and maintenance of electronic banking technology software. From 1992 to 2005, the company became known for developing the “Program 35” bank service system, which was implemented in more than 100 banks in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.

The idea to create a Belarusian analog of Yahoo came to Zisser after an educational trip to the USA in 1999. Thus, in 2000, the Belarusian portal TUT.BY was launched under the auspices of his firm. Starting with free e-mail, the portal quickly became the most popular Belarusian online resource. In addition, “Reliable Programs” created a domain name registrar and hosting provider Since February 25, 2012, they became the technical administrator of the national domain zone .BY, and since 2015 – and the Cyrillic domain zone .BEL.

In 2006 Zisser became one of the founders of the first Belarusian digital newspaper “Yezhednevnik”. He also took an active part in the work of the newspaper until August 2008. In 2007, Zisser started the company “Relsoft” (offshore programming, resident of the high-tech park since June 27, 2007). From 2009 to 2015, Zisser also co-founded several internet startups, including Velvet Internet Portal LLC and Web Expert, an internet advertising agency. Between 2009 and 2010, Zisser held the position of project supervisor for Instant Information, which is a subsidiary of Instant Information Inc, a New York-based company. The main task of this project was to develop InfoNgen, an advanced technology for finding information about companies on the Internet. Subsequently, in 2010, this company was acquired by Epam Systems. Continuing his activities in the IT field, between 2013 and 2015, Zisser co-founded several startups on the Internet.

On December 31, 2011 he resigned from the post of General Director of “Reliable Programs”, but continued to actively participate in public life, since 2007 holding the post of Chairman of the general meeting of participants of TUT BAY MEDIA LLC.

Yuri Zisser was actively engaged in pedagogical and scientific activities, serving as an associate professor at the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics. As part of his contribution to the development of business education, he has served as a trainer at several business schools in Belarus. Zisser has also made significant efforts in the field of scientific literature, having authored a number of textbooks for universities and the book “Marketing on-line”.

Zisser was actively involved in the development of the startup movement in Belarus. He has shown significant support for social entrepreneurship, particularly in his support of the SocialWeekend social project competition and the Maesens charity platform. One of his projects was the restoration of the organ at the Upper Town Concert Hall. After two years of study, Zisser qualified as a performer of early music at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in 2015, where he performed music at organ concerts and actively supported researchers of musical culture in Belarus.

He passed away on May 17, 2020, from stomach cancer after a long battle with the disease.

Personal Life

Yuri Zisser was married to Julia Vissarionovna Chernyavskaya. There is a daughter Eugenia and a granddaughter Alisa.

Public activity

  • February 2009 - September 2011 - member of the Public Advisory Council under the Presidential Administration of Belarus.
  • Deputy Chairman of the Association of Information and Communication Technologies Organizations "Belinfocom". Participated in the development of the strategy for the development of information society in Belarus until 2015 and the plan of priority measures for its implementation in 2010.
  • On April 4, 2016, he took part in the staging of the play "Seven" on the stage of the Yanka Kupala National Theatre within the framework of the UN Population Fund project in Belarus.
  • Yuri Zisser is one of the authors of Presidential Decree No. 60, which envisages strengthening state control over the Internet, restricting access to illegal or undesirable content and controlling comments on the Internet and users. He publicly spoke in defense of the decree during a lecture at the European Humanities University in 2011.



Music by J.S. Bach, O. Messiaen, A. Vivaldi, other Baroque composers, as well as jazz (J. Coltrane, R. Carter, Swingle Singers, C. Coria and dozens of others), Paco de Lucia. Muses on a real home organ with two manuals, pedal and 30 registers. He has played for himself all organ and keyboard works by Bach and Messiaen.


  • He is one of the authors of Presidential Decree No. 60, which proposes to strengthen government control over the Internet, restrict access to illegal or undesirable content, and control Internet comments and users.

Speeches at conferences

  • 2016 г. - “Business Internet” international business conference.


North-West Polytechnic Institute, Leningrad
Electronic Computing Machines
Belarusian State Academy of Music
Organ class


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