by theBoard of Our Generation
The Resolution on Political Prisoners in Belarus
was adopted at the meeting of Our Generation’s Board. The full text of
We, pensioners, have seen a
lot in our lives. We have been building this state with claims and hopes
if not for a decent old age but at least for respect.
Some of us went through the horrors of GULAG, experienced the fear and
nightmare of the repression machine. Some of us had our parents executed
by a “Stalin’s troika” (three-member commission) that investigated the
“cases” “as soon as possible”. Some of us, still children at that time,
faced the terror of the “brown plague” in fascist concentration camps
and then restored the destroyed economy and rebuilt the demolished cities
practically anew. After the war, we, full of belief in our bright future,
raised Belarus from the ruins. Many of us became Labor and Army Veterans.
When the Soviet regime perished, we started to hope, again… Hope for the
better future of our grandchildren, for adequate respect in our old ages,
for proper attention from the state and our children. But time goes by…
Fewer and fewer of us remain on this Earth. Hope goes away with the years.
We witness how the history repeats itself. As it was 50-70 years ago,
the state doesn’t change its governance style. Still, the society is governed
by fear. Instead of respecting our contribution to the state development,
the authorities impertinently humiliate us. We are tired of living in
permanent economic and political crisis.
We perfectly understand what is going on in our country and what results
it can lead to. As in our time the rulers, who had unlimited powers, also
blamed our poverty and miserable life on the enemies who allegedly lived
all around us and prevent us from building a prosperous and flourishing
state. Although how could those enemies impede the development of the
country when they don’t have any influence or power? We remember “Stalin’s
troikas”; the ways to find someone guilty; how “guilty” where those who
suffered for the principles and beliefs. We remember information “surrealism”
in our country when there are two different countries inside the one:
the TV-version and the real one. And we know what it leads to – split
of the society when those who try to strive for truth hate those believe
in mendacious propaganda.
One thing is obvious: the countries that followed the civilized way of
development live better than we do. They live, while we merely exist…
Therefore, we state that:
• Current economic and political crisis happened exclusively because of
current political authorities;
• It’s unacceptable to have political prisoners in a modern European country
that suffered from various dictatorships in the previous century;
• Lack of information about political processes in Belarus leads to the
isolation of the country and split in the society.
Hence, we declare that:
• People who are judged for political reasons are much more free than
those who judge the, arrests them, charges and convoys them. The truth
is behind them. The truth that is much stronger than deceitful testimonies
and groundless charges. On the other hand, we fully understand the hardships
that political prisoners, their family and friends face. We realize that
the only thing that keeps them standing firm today is support of the society.
Therefore, we declare that we are solidary with all the political prisoners
and that we intend to use all our information and human resources to make
moral and material support to political prisoners and their families more
effective. FREEDOM IS WHAT IS INSIDE!
• We launch “No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten” initiative. Unfortunately,
we have to say that today the post-war slogan is burning as never before.
It happens too often that Belarusian and international society doesn’t
know even half the names of those who fell under the wheels of the Belarusian
repression machine. Yet, full and reliable information could trigger the
failure of the machine. Therefore, we announce that we intend to acquire
and disseminate information about political prisoners regardless of their
age, social status, the extent of repression. Particularly, through presence
at trials. We urge pensioners to join the initiative by contacting the
It should be also mentioned that the meeting launched the fundraising
among the initiative group members and other pensioners to help Ales Bialiatski.
The Board members contributed within their powers, too.