The draft law “on the genocide of the Belarusian people” proposed to punish with imprisonment for up to 10 years

In Belarus, it is proposed to introduce criminal liability for denying the genocide of the Belarusian people. Document published on the National Legal Portal. The punishment under the new article provides for up to 10 years in prison.

The corresponding document was submitted to the parliament by the deputy of the National Assembly of Belarus Lilia Ananich. The article, which she proposes to be included in the Criminal Code, is called “Denial of the genocide of the Belarusian people” and is numbered 130-2.

Any public denial of the genocide of Belarusians “during the Great Patriotic War or the post-war period”, including on the Internet, is proposed to punish by arrest, restraint of liberty for up to five years or imprisonment for the same period.

People previously convicted under the same article, or officials who committed such a crime using their official powers, are proposed to be punished with imprisonment for a term of three to ten years.

The bill also defines the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Second World War. These are “atrocities committed by the Nazis and nationalist organizations during the Second World War and the post-war period”, the purpose of which was “the systematic physical destruction of the Belarusian people.” All Soviet citizens living in the BSSR at that time are considered the Belarusian people.

The document states that the bill was created “in order to preserve the memory of the millions of Soviet citizens who became victims during the Great Patriotic War and the post-war period” and “is aimed at legislative support for the protection of the fundamental values ​​of the Belarusian people, the establishment of effective barriers to attempts to falsify events and outcomes. World War II”.

The law is proposed to be adopted to “give a fair assessment of the atrocities of Nazi criminals and their accomplices, nationalist formations during the Great Patriotic War and the post-war period.”

The bill recommends to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus “to take additional measures for a comprehensive, complete and objective investigation of the circumstances of the genocide of the Belarusian people”, as well as to engage in criminal prosecution of all those involved in it.

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