Solemn reburial of Kastus Kalinouski and 1863-1864 uprising participants in Vilnius

On November 22, Kastus Kalinouski and participants of the 1863-1864 uprising were reburied in Vilnius. organized a live broadcast of the ceremony.

Belsat TV showed a public farewell ceremony and a solemn procession at the Rosa cemetery, where the remains of the rebels and Kastus Kalinouski found peace in the chapel. Our journalists also talked to historians, activists, politicians and other Belarusians who came to honor the rebels in a specially built mobile studio.

Presidents of Poland and Lithuania Andrzej Duda and Gitanas Nauseda came to the temple where a solemn mass took place. Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz represented Belarus in the Belarusian language.

Official representative of Belarus, Deputy Prime Minister Ihar Pyatryshenka, also arrived in Vilnius to take part in the event.

Chair of the Belarusian People’s Republic Rada Ivonka Survila arrived in Vilnius for the celebrations. A solemn meeting of the Belarusian People’s Republican Council was held in Vilnius.

Flags that covered the coffins of the leaders of the 1863-1864 uprising. Kastus Kalinoski and Zygmunt Serakowski were passed on to the Presidents of Poland and Lithuania.

  • Kastus Kalinouski was one of the leaders of the 1863-1864 uprising. He published the first Belarusian-language newspaper “Muzhytskaia Prauda” with his colleagues. He was captured by the Tsarist gendarmes and executed by hanging for organizing a revolt against the Tsarist regime. The massacre took place on March 22, 1864 on Lukishskaya Square in Vilnius. Probably, Kalinousky was buried on Mount Gediminas, where the Russian military garrison was located at that time.
  • In July 2017, during excavations on Mount Gediminas in Vilnius, the remains of 20 people were found. Researchers at the University of Vilnius came to the conclusion that there is a probability of 95% of them being the remains of Kastus Kalinouski.


Photos Denis Dziuba and Iryna Arakhouskaya –