Eighty-two years ago more than 100 of Belarusian outstanding scientists, writers, culture and state figures were executed by shooting by Stalin’s secret police (NKVD).
To commemorate the victims of the Soviet repression in Belarus, several hundred people gathered in Kurapaty, a Stalin-era mass grave site on the outskirts of Minsk, on Tuesday, 29 November.
They observed a moment of silence, recited the poems written by the executed authors and held prayers for them. Most of them had promoted the Belarusian national identity in Soviet Belarus.
Unlike Belarus’ neighbouring countries, the Night of the Executed Poets is an unofficial rally. Local historians suggested to make it the day of remembrance but the then Chief of the KGB turned the appeal down.