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Mass Murders Must Not Be Concealed

2007 2007-06-12T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to BelaPAN

The public committee for commemoration of Stalinism’s victims will demand an audience from the chair of Homel regional executive committee Aliaksandr Yakabson concerning the identification of the human remnants which were discovered during the excavations in Try Slupy and Borki woods. This decision was taken at the committee’s sitting of 11 June.

According to the secretary of the committee Uladzimir Ramanouski, during the excavations there were discovered 15 mass graves and many of them were opened. The 52nd battalion of the department of commemoration of war victims excavated bones, cartridge cases, parts of shoes and clothes. When people started showing their interest to the reasons and the results of the excavations, the location was ringed by police patrols. We proposed to Homel regional executive committee to admit to the excavations journalists and archeologists and collected signatures of 20 local citizens who stated that in these places NKVD agents shot people including citizens of the Ukraine. This version was also confirmed by the independent expertise of the cartridge cases. According to its results, the cases belonged to the Russian system Nagan.

According to U.Ramanouski’s information, in the middle of the 1990-ies in a wood near the place of the present excavations a mass burial of victims of Stalinism was discovered.

On 15 June members of the committee will hold the conference ‘Let Communism Stand International Tribunal’ with participation of Belarusian and Polish researchers and on 24 June they intend to commemorate victims of Stalinism in Cherven district of Minsk region.

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