The chair of the Vitebsk city Council Viktor Nikolaikin received a petition from Citizens and public associations, Vitebsk, who said the protest in response to the government's professed intention to install on June 27, the monument to the Lithuanian Prince Olgerd. Information Agency publishes the text of the appeal To save spelling and punctuation of the original.
" We, the residents, Vitebsk, citizens of the Republic of Belarus Authorized by different public organizations, are writing To You With a feeling of extreme concern in connection With the plans to install in, Vitebsk monument to the Lithuanian Prince Olgerd. Our concerns are based on clearly established historical facts about the life and activities of Olgerd As the aggressor and invader. Not being associated With the Vitebsk land ethnically, Algirdas received Vitebsk Principality in the form of " heritage " as a result of the marriage With the daughter of the last Vitebsk appanage Prince Maria Yaroslavna and in practice all of their time spent in military campaigns.
in 1345 He attacked the Prince of Vilna his younger brother Eunotia, after the capture, which became known as the Grand Duke of Lithuania. Leaving a trail of blood on the territory of the Smolensk, Bryansk, Kaluga, Tula, Orel, Tver, Pskov and Metropolitan areas, Algirdas in 1368-1372 gg Three times carried aggressive campaigns to Moscow. The attack on Russian lands Lithuanian Prince Olgerd destroyed Orthodox churches and monasteries were taken captive the women and children.
Bad memory left Algirdas and on the area of modern Ukraine: in Kherson, Kyiv, Volhynia. He killed civilians, burned towns and villages, tortured prisoners.
" Lithuanian Prince Olgerd gained fame of " hero " by the blood of countless people and ashes cities. Indifferently watched It on overworking his subjects ".(History of the country is Russian, So 5, M, Science, 1993, S. 13-14).
" Boasted that the Russian Federation would Not forget made desolations ".(History of the country is Russian, So 5, M, Science, 1993, S. 15).
Having refused from life settlements " from the accepted before Christianity, Lithuanian Prince Olgerd became a cruel persecutor of Christians. With 1364 Orthodox world 27 April to honor the memory day of Vilna martyrs Anthony, John, and Eustathius, executed by the Lithuanian priests at the direction of Olgerd. In " Lives of the saints it is said, " Algirdas commanded to pour into the mouth of ice water, broke bones in his toes on the feet and lower legs, ripped off the hair From the head Together With the skin and cut off his nose and ears, after hanged ".(Saints, S. 217).
for such a " feat " was built for Olgerd opposite the Orthodox Church pedestal and going To the Day of city, July 12, 2014, to erect a monument. It is Not only the extreme cynicism and desecration of Orthodox relics, but Frank planned provocation aimed at splitting the Belarusian people.
What will this " cultural politics " and a selection of outstanding historical figures, it is clear position on Ukraine, where some Residents hero is B. Khmelnitsky and for other - S. Bandera and others like him.
Proceeding from the above, we Express our own strong protest against plans installed in Vitebsk monument to the Lithuanian Prince Olgerd, and in accordance With the laws of the Republic of Belarus forward a petition to allow holding the picket in order to collect signatures of Citizens, Vitebsk against the installation of this monument.
The organizers of the picket in the statement claimed 3 Vitsebsk public activist - Belarusian writer, Creator of the book " Vitebsk Calvary " Anatoly Shlykov, ataman, Vitebsk and Vitebsk district, Cossack Colonel of the Republican public Association " Belarusian Cossacks " Valery Semashko and head of the Vitebsk voluntary society for protection of monuments of history and culture Vladislav seals. Vitebsk city Executive Committee made an appeal on June 13, the official response of the authors of the document have Not received.
As reported by the information Agency, the Belarusian authorities continue the policy of derusification former Soviet Republic. The Minsk city Executive Committee is preparing to install a monument " the 1000th anniversary of the Belarusian statehood " (personality in the history of Belarus), which will be immortalized Belarusian and Polish nationalists terrorists who fought against Russia. In different cities of Belarus there are monuments of the Lithuanian princes and Polish politicians. Despite tough administrative pressure, the public Vitebsk happened many times to protest against plans to establish, in front of the Orthodox Church of the monument to the Lithuanian Prince Olgerd known persecution of Christians and aggressive raids on Moscow. Appeals scientists, public activists and ordinary citizens of Vitsebsk To Alyaksandr Lukashenka and common sense other bureaucrats unsuccessful: the authorities have ignored the protests of the public and wasted taxpayers ' money in its sole discretion. As the specialists, installation in Vitebsk monument to the Lithuanian Prince Olgerd is a direct challenge Not only locals, but also NGOs and churches. However, neither the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, nor the ROC does Not notice the problem, and Authorized the Pro-Western opposition are trying to present the conflict in Vitebsk As the action of some of the " Russian community ".