Siarhei Paniznik: On the 90th Anniversary of the Academic Conference on the Belarusian Spelling Reform and Alphabet (14-21.XI.1926)
(Abstract, magazine “CULTURE, NATION”, December 2016, issue 16, pp. 58–62)
Academic Conference on the reform of Belarusian spelling and alphabet, which was held in Minsk on 14 – 21 November 1926, has played a crucial role in Belarusization of the State. In addition, in the words of S. Nekrashevich, it was the first scientific output of Belarus in the international arena. Among the delegates were Janis Rainis, Latvian Minister of Education, E. Blesse, Associate Professor, University of Latvia, U. Piguleuski, Director of the Belarusian Gymnasium in Lucyna, K. Ezavitau, Editor of the newspaper “Voice of Belarusian”, V. Lastouski, scientist and publisher from Kovno, guests from other countries – P. Rastargueu, M. Birzhyshka, Yu. Galombek, M. Fasmer … In 1926, the Kremlin has expressed dissatisfaction with conference. Later, it was proclaimed as the Congress of Belarusian nationalists and counter-revolutionaries. Many participants of the “general meeting of national-democrats” were repressed and rehabilitated only in the late 1950s.