A.Vyartsinski: I’m not afraid to publish an article about Kurapaty

Specifically, this edition, whose main editor was the poet Anatoly Vertinsky, at the end of the 1980s, at the time of the so-called perestroika, was one of the most courageous and resolute in defending thoughts national and cultural revival of Belarus.
Vyacheslav Rakytskyy: "The Emperor Vertinskij how the article appeared in the editorial? Creators suddenly brought it for you or slandered them before such publication opportunity?"
Anatoly Vertinsky: "Zenon Pozniak appeared on the pages of our newspapers and other articles. But his appearance and Eugene Shmygaleva in the wording" Literature and Art "article" Kurapaty — the road of perdition "for previously abgavorvalasya. Article was sudden for me."
Rakytskyy: "And you’re not afraid to print such an article, and how sudden you personally had information Kurapaty?"
Vertinsky"As I recall, a special horror as to publish the article, was not. Was another horror — horror of those facts before a terrible image, which opened creators. This could not lead to shock. But I had no hesitation concerning the publication. I realized that it is bound to be printed, although at the time we walked under the authority of the Central Committee of the PBC. But was the midst of restructuring its installations publicity and democracy. "
Rakytskyy: "But censorship was — Glavlit. How did you get around and the Central Committee of the PBC and Glavlit?"
Vertinsky: "Thank God, now done without their intervention. Seems that not only the chief editor, and they did not expect that such an article could ever seem that horrific facts could become the property of the printed word."
Rakytskyy: "How did Vasil Bykov as the creator of the entry to the article?"
Vertinsky"We consulted with Zenon Pozniak and concluded that in order to feel more confident if suddenly intervene Glavlit or someone from the employees of the Central Committee, need to insure and to enlist the support of the authority. We asked Vasily Vladimirovich Bykov write an introduction. At that time he has been awarded the Lenin Prize and a Hero of Socialist Labor. "
Rakytskyy: "So Makar, the authorities article came as a surprise. Which was at their reaction when I got the newspaper? Pretended not seen or done, as it says appropriate measures?"
Vertinsky: "It is true there was a negative reaction. Reaction was of another kind. On the third or fourth day after the appearance of the article" Kurapaty — the road of perdition "I phoned the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of Jora S. Tarazevich and asked for a copy of the newspaper myself personally."
Rakytskyy: "Now perfectly clear, as is the publication affected the fate of Belarus. She gave impetus to the top anti-communist struggle, the struggle for democracy, national government. How did the fate of the upcoming publication in the newspaper" Literature and Art "? "
Vertinsky"The article had a great response. Newspaper acquired popularity and credibility in Belarus and abroad. Received visiting correspondents from different countries, even from the land of the rising sun. And we continued the theme of Kurapaty. Later released another article Poznyak" thunder over pine graves. "In this article we have had to fight, to defend the truth of the creator. We were obliged to argue with some publications, who sought truth oscillation true article. Some newspapers, including pochetaemymi" Izvestia ", wrote, and not hurry" Lim "with this publication, and may be worth the wait for the results of the investigation state commission that was created. Other editions have been cautious, and even Stalin’s approach to the topic. And if we understand other publications related to the state of the Belarusian language, human rights, of course, the newspaper " Literature and Art "played a significant role in the so-called restructuring, in public, cultural and historical revival of the country."

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