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In pictures: Memorial stone commemorating Lutskevich brothers unveiled in Minsk

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A memorial stone in commemoration of brothers Ivan and Anton Lutskevich (Luckievic) was unveiled in Yanka Kupala Park in Minsk on March 13.
The ceremony was the first event marking the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of the Belarusian National Republic (BNR).
It was five years ago that Margarita Perova, a relative of the Lutskevich brothers who currently live in Russia’s Saint Petersburg asked Belarusian authorities to put up such a memorial.
In a March 8 interview with the Belarusian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ms. Perova said that the installation of the memorial, which was financed by the Minsk City Executive Committee, became possible thanks to the joint efforts of the Lutskevich brothers’ descendants, the Yanka Kupala State Literary Museum, the Batskawshchyna World Association of Belarusians, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and members of the House of Representatives.
Ms. Perova, the ceremony was attended by, among others, Ms. Perova, Alyaksandr Kavalenya, an academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and opposition politicians.
The memorial stone is located at the place where the house of the Lutskevich family once stood.
The brothers lived in the house from 1896 to 1906. They fled to Vilna (currently Vilnius) in February 1906 after they came under suspicion of being involved in an attempt on the life of Minsk Governor Pavel Kurlov.
After the independence of the BNR was proclaimed on March 25, 1918, Anton Lutskevich, a publisher, journalist, literary critic, historian and politician born in 1884, was appointed prime minister. He was arrested by the NKVD in September 1939 and sentenced to eight years in prison. According to Soviet sources, he died from a heart attack in Kazakhstan in 1946, but other sources claim that he died near Russia’s Saratov in 1942.
His elder brother Ivan, a founder of the Belarusian Museum in Vilna, died from tuberculosis in Poland’s Zakopane in 1919 at the age of 38. He was reburied in Vilnius in 1991.




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