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Lithuania does not want to take Kalinowski's DNA test

Summary of Disinformation

Lithuania does not want to take a DNA test based on remains of Konstanty Kalinowski’s brother who is buried in Belarus. This test would help to identify the remains which supposedly belong to the executed 1863 uprising leader.

The absence of DNA test will allow Lithuania to avoid a blunder as it can turn out that the remains belong to a different person. Moreover, by not taking the test Lithuania expects to have grounds for information war against Belarus with the use of Belarusian opposition to please Lithuania’s nationalistic policies.

Sozh.info, Vitbich.org
Sozh.info, Vitbich.org

This message is built around conspiracies consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western aggressive activities towards Belarus. It also aims at playing on nationalist sentiments and a complex Lithuanian-Belarusian-Polish history. There is no confirmation that Lithuania has changed its plans to test the DNA of the presumed remains of Konstanty Kalinowski's brother, who is buried in Belarus. See a recent case alleging that Lithuania promotes terrorism in Belarus by commemorating of Konstanty Kalinowski.

Background information:

Wincenty Konstanty Kalinowski, also known as Kastuś Kalinoŭski was a 19th-century writer, lawyer and revolutionary. As one of the leaders of the Belarusian, Lithuanian and Polish national revival and the leader of the 1863-1864 uprising (also known as January uprising) against Imperial Russia, Kalinowski is considered a national hero in Belarus, Lithuania and Poland.

In 2017-18 Lithuanian archaeologists found the remains of Kalinowski and other leaders of the uprising in the centre of Vilnius. The Lithuanian authorities plan to rebury their remains and to open a monument to the January uprising in 2019. In response to an appeal by Belarusian public figures to the Lithuanian state, the Lithuanian government stated it plans that the inscriptions on the monument will be written in Belarusian, Lithuanian and Polish.

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Reported in: Issue 149
Date: 06.05.2019
Language: Belarus
Country: Lithuania, Belarus
Keywords: Information war, Conspiracy
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sozh.info Vitbich.org
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