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19 December 2022, 12:20

Materials on genocide of Belarusians during Great Patriotic War almost court-ready

Andrei Shved. An archive photo
Andrei Shved. An archive photo

MINSK, 19 December (BelTA) – The Prosecutor General's Office is finishing the preparation of the first materials for the national courts of Belarus on the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War, Prosecutor General Andrei Shved told journalists, BelTA has learned.

“We are completing the work on the first materials that will be submitted to the national courts of the Republic of Belarus. The Belarusian court will determine the guilt of concrete fascists, even those who died. This way the future generations will know what these fascists did. The work on it continues,” Andrei Shved noted.

According to him, interrogations of living witnesses are almost over. “We still need to reach out to those who live outside of Belarus but their number is small. We will complete this work in the first half of next year,” said the prosecutor general. “A great deal of work has been done to calculate the amount of material damage inflicted by the fascist invaders and their accomplices during the Great Patriotic War. This amount was determined by a government commission, it will be announced to the public later, because it is huge and it is hard to comprehend,” he added.

“We resumed active work with our foreign partners in the search for criminals. We sent a second request for legal assistance to almost 30 countries of the world where living SS members live. And we are actively working to bring them to justice for atrocities committed during the Great Patriotic War,” Andrei Shved emphasized.

A seminar to review progress in the investigation by the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Belarus into the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War is taking place at Maksim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University. Taking part in it are heads of the central offices for education of the regional executive committees, the first deputy chair of the education committee of the Minsk City Council, the heads of education offices of the Minsk district administrations, the heads of institutions of higher, secondary specialized, vocational education, people in charge of military and patriotic education at Minsk educational institutions, heads of structural subdivisions of the Education Ministry, educational institutions subordinate to the Education Ministry.

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