During his working visit to Grodno region,
Alexander Lukashenko once again discussed the subject of opening a memorial in Kurapaty and the events which have been happening around this tragic place lately.
President Lukashenko emphasized that a memorial must be a special place for Belarusians,
a site of commemoration of those victims who died in that tragic period of history.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
It is a giant cemetery. Why are we milling on bones and making politics on this? Did people die there? Yes, they did. Some people think that Stalin shot people there, others think that fascists did. I suppose that it doesn’t matter who shot people there. Historians will find out within some time, and if they don’t we still need to do the main thing.
These people, who died without any guilt there, must be memorialized.
I ordered to create a thorough, not a giant and not the size of the Brest Fortress memorial there, a small chapel or something like that.
Real site improvements are being carried out in the area of Kurapaty today.
Youth, non-governmental organizations and ordinary Belarusians are tidying up the area for the future memorial.