2021-10-30
The cross to commemorate the victims of Stalinist repressions in Kurapaty near Minsk.

On the night of 29-30 October 1937, more than a hundred Belarusian statesmen, cultural workers and scientists were shot and killed in Minsk. 22 poets, prose writers, translators, and loitarary critics were among them. This tragic date is known as the “Night of the Executed Poets”. The execution on 29 October 1937 was the most tragic moment in the wave of large-scale repressions against the intelligentsia of Belarus. This wave lasted from 1929 to 1938 and was aimed at the innihilation of creative people, teachers, government employees, and scientists who supported Bellarussian national ideas . The terror affected more than 500 prominent figures of Belarusian culture. Several hundred people were deported from Belarus, several hundred were shot and killed, and dozens were sent to work camps.

On this year’s anniversary, Belarusians organized events in memory of the repressed, recited poems, and sang songs in 38 cities around the world. The events were organized with the participation of the Belarusian diaspora, the Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Council of the Culture of Belarus.

In Belarus itself, the rally was held in an online format – not because of the danger of coronavirus, but because of the persecution, including of representatives of culture and creative intelligentsia, which had been launched by the Belarusian authorities.

On 29 October 2021, diplomats from the European Union, Great Britain, the United States of America and Switzerland visited the Kurapaty region, the burial place of victims of Stalin’s repressions, near Minsk. According to various sources, the remains of several tens to hundreds of thousands of victims can be found in the common graves in Kurapaty. Citizens of different nationalities are buried here. In addition to Belarusians, Russians, Poles, Jews, and Lithuanians can be found buried there.

“We honor those Belarusians who for decades courageously and persistently work to ensure that there are no more roads of death,” stated the press service of the EU Delegation to Belarus.