Vaclau Lastouski

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Vaclaw Lastowski

Vacłaŭ Łastoŭski (Vatslau Lastouski; Belarusian: Вацлаў Ластоўскі [ˈvatsɫaw ɫasˈtowsci], Polish: Wacław Lastowski, Russian: Вацлав Ластовский; 1883–1938) was a Belarusian critic, historian of literature, and politician.

Was a member of Council of the Belarusian Democratic Republic. Has published many books about Belarus, recognized the right of the people of Belarus to self-determination. Such books as "History of Belarusian (Krivichian) book", "Short history of Belarus" propagandizes the idea.

In late 1918 Łastoŭski became member of the Council of Lithuania.[1]

In 1922-1925 he was the prime-minister of the BDR and initiator of a dissolution of its exiled government which, in turn, did not mean a dissolution of the Council of the BDR, its parliament in exile. Lastouski was also a member of the Academy of sciences of Belarus.

In 1938 he was arrested by the NKVD within the Case of the Union of Liberation of Belarus. He was sentenced to dispatch, but was seized and shot by the Soviets.

He was married to writer Marija Ivanauskaitė–Lastauskienė.


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