Biography Zenon Pozniak

Company (April 24, 1944, the town Subbotniki Ivie Grodno region)

He graduated from the Belarusian State Theatre and Art Institute in drama (1967). Candidate of Arts (1981). Thesis: "The problems of the formation and development of the Belarusian professional theater early XX century (1900-1917 gg.)". Due to a conflict with the leadership of the Belarusian Institute of defense was held in Leningrad. He worked as head of the village club, a work of the Bolshoi State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus, Belorussian State Museum photographer, graphic designer Minsk artistic production plant, was in graduate school, working as a photographer of the museum in Minsk Kupala. Since 1976 — in the Department of Archaeology, Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus: Junior Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow. Deputy Supreme Council Belarus (1990-1995), leader of the Belarusian Popular Front. Chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front "Revival" (from 1989) and the BPF. Catholic.

Since the 1960s, actively fought for the preservation of historical and architectural environment in Minsk, which is savagely destroyed in the process of socialist urban planning. In 1969, an article in the newspaper "Pravda" on this topic, which delayed the destruction of many historically valuable buildings and neighborhoods in the center of Minsk. In June 1988, the newspaper "Art and Literature" published "Kurapaty — the road of death" on executions in the suburbs of Minsk thousands of civilians during the Stalin era.

A mass demonstration of Remembrance of the Victims of Stalinism ("Dziady-88") October 30, 1988 was broken up by the authorities using batons and tear gas, which was the first time in the Soviet Union. The result was the growth of opposition sentiment and the creation of the Organizing Committee of the Belarusian Popular Front, headed by a Pozniak. Was nominated as a presidential candidate The Republic of Belarus in the presidential elections of 1994 and 1999. After the election of Alexander Lukashenko President of Belarus became the leader of anti-presidential opposition. Due to possible reprisals in April 1996 after an opposition rally "Chernobyl Way 96" emigrated to the U.S., where he asked for political asylum. Official status of Litvinenko received at the end of 1996.

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