Belarus' intellectuals ask Prosecutor General to rehabilitate Larysa Heniyush

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A public committee to commemorate Stalin's victims, the Union of Belarusian Writers and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee have written to Belarus' Prosecutor General Piotr Miklashevich, requesting to rehabilitate Belarusian poetess Larysa Heniyush. The letter was signed by over 70 Belarusian intellectuals, including academician Radzim Haretski, historian Ihar Kuzniatsou, renowned poet Nil Hilevich, writers Ales Pashkevich and Vasil Yakavenka, human rights activists Tatsyana Protska and Harry Pahaniayla.

In 1948, Larysa Heniyush was repatriated from Prague where she had the Czechoslovakian citizenship. She was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison for "assisting the international bourgeoisie and carrying out hostile activities against the Soviet Union" and for "counter-revolutionary activities". The poetess was freed only on November 1, 1956, yet the unfair conviction was not cleared, reports Belapan.

Based on Heniyush's autobiography, the national cinema company BelarusFilm produced The Birds Without Nests". Monuments to Larysa Heniyush were erected in the towns of Zelva and Staryia Darohi.

Harry Pahaniayla of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee said he had earlier made two unsuccessful attempts to seek rehabilitation of the poetess with the law-enforcement agencies of Belarus.