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17 August 2021, 12:48

Belarus to set up commission to assess material damage during Great Patriotic War

MINSK, 17 August (BelTA) - The Prosecutor General's Office asked the Council of Ministers to endorse a proposal to set up an inter-agency commission to assess the material damage caused to the BSSR by the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War, BelTA learned from the media liaison department at the Prosecutor General's Office.

During the ongoing investigation into the genocide of the civilian population in the BSSR, the Prosecutor General's Office has established numerous cases of mass destruction of the civilian population of the republic by Nazi criminals, the use of forced labor outside the USSR, in particular in Germany. Further evidence was established of using forced labor in the interests of the enemy and killing a significant number of people in places of forced detention by means of creating inhumane conditions.

The property was destroyed or illegally seized without compensation in favor of the aggressor. The Nazis destroyed industrial enterprises, buildings, and infrastructure facilities, robbed collective farms, seized cattle, equipment (steam boilers, turbines, mobile power plants, metal-cutting machines, woodworking equipment, etc.), stole historical and cultural values (museum exhibits, paintings, jewelry).

In the wake of such actions the BSSR and its residents suffered the damage which must be assessed and calculated in monetary terms, the General Prosecutor's Office said.

Taking into account the U.S. dollar inflation rate, the total amount of the damage might reach $500 billion in equivalent.

Plans are in place to use the findings of the inter-agency commission while seeking judicial protection of property interests and compensation for the caused damage.
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