Will Lukashenka attend reburial of Belarus national hero in Vilnius?

The Lithuanian government is set to invite the top officials of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine to the ceremony of Kastus Kalinouski’s reburial, 15min.lt reports.

In January 2017, Lithuanian archeologists reported that they had found the remains of Kastus Kalinouski, one of the leaders of the January uprising in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (present-day Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Latvia, parts of Ukraine, and western Russia) against the Russian Empire. Later, his remains were identified with 95% accuracy.

Many Belarusians consider Kastus Kalinouski a national hero. The uprising, which is commonly called “Kalinouski’s” in Belarus, began on 22 January 1863 and lasted until the last insurgents were captured in 1864.

“We are going to hold the reburial ceremony in the autumn [of 2019]. It is supposed to be a high-profile event; we expect that the leaders of Belarus, Poland and Ukraine will attend it. It [the plan] was approved at the Lithuanian government commission’s session. It was also decided that the names of all the sentenced to death would be written in three languages ​​- Lithuanian, Polish and Belarusian in order to underscore the importance of the uprising for all these countries,” Lithuania’s Culture Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas said.

The remains of 20 of the 21 rebels executed by the Russian Empire were found on the mountain of Gediminas in the Lithuanian capital. They will be reburied at the Vilnius-based Rosy cemetery this autumn; the exact date of the ceremony will be published later. Among others, there will be inscriptions in the Belarusian language on the would-be monument to the participants in the January uprising.

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