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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

of January 5, 2022 No. 146-Z

About genocide of the Belarusian people

Accepted by the House of Representatives on December 14, 2021

Approved by Council of the Republic on December 22, 2021

This Law is adopted for the purpose of preserving memory of millions of Soviet citizens who became the victims in days of the Great Patriotic War and post war period *, according to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, and also on the basis of the Convention on the prevention of crime of genocide and punishment for it of December 9, 1948, the Convention on inapplicability of prescriptive limit to war crimes and crimes against humanity of November 26, 1968 and also post war period is aimed at legislative providing protection of fundamental values of the Belarusian people, establishment of efficient barriers on the way of attempts of falsification of events and results of World War II, giving fair assessment to crimes of Nazi criminals and their helpers, nationalist forming in days of the Great Patriotic War.

Article 1. Made by Nazi criminals and their helpers, nationalist forming in days of the Great Patriotic War and post war period of crime, directed to systematic physical extermination of the Belarusian people ** by murder and other actions recognized by genocide according to legal acts and rules of international law are genocide of the Belarusian people.

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* Post war period for the purposes of this Law is understood as the period till December 31, 1951.

** The Belarusian people for the purposes of this Article are understood as the Soviet citizens living in the territory of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic in days of the Great Patriotic War and (or) post war period.

Article 2. Add the Criminal code of the Republic of Belarus of July 9, 1999 with Article 130-2 of the following content:

"Article 130-2. Denial of genocide of the Belarusian people

1. The denial of genocide of the Belarusian people containing in public statement, or in the printing or publicly shown work, either in mass media, or in the information placed on the global computer Internet, other network of telecommunication public or selected to network of telecommunication

it is punished by arrest, or restriction of freedom for a period of up to five years, or imprisonment for the same term.

2. The action provided by part of 1 this Article, which is commited by person previously convicted for denial of genocide of the Belarusian people, or the official with use of the office powers,

it is punished by imprisonment for a period of three up to ten years.".

Article 3. To the Prosecutor General's Office to take additional measures for comprehensive, complete and objective investigation of circumstances of genocide of the Belarusian people, establishment of persons involved in its making, and their criminal prosecution.

Article 4. To Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus:

on permanent basis to take measures on:

to perpetuating of memory of the victims of genocide of the Belarusian people, and also on recognition and condemnation of genocide of the Belarusian people at the international level;

to distribution of reliable information about genocide of the Belarusian people, and also on education of citizens concerning genocide of the Belarusian people;

in six-months time to take other measures directed to implementation of this Law.

Article 5. This Law becomes effective in ten days after its official publication.

President of the Republic of Belarus

A. Lukashenko

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