President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has signed a law "On the Genocide of the Belarusian People", the purpose of which is to prevent the distortion of the World War II and to unite society, the press service of the Belarusian president reports.
"The law provides for the legal recognition of the genocide of the Belarusian people committed by Nazi criminals and their accomplices during the World War II and the postwar period (until 1951). The Belarusian people mean all Soviet citizens who lived in the BSSR during this period," the statement reads.
This document establishes criminal liability for publicly denying the genocide of the Belarusian people, for example, by posting relevant information in the media or on the Internet.
As it was reported on December 16, the Verkhovna Rada passed a resolution appealing to the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people.
In May last year, the US state of Texas recognized the Holodomor of 1932-33 as genocide of the Ukrainian people at the local legislative level.