Zianon Pazniak in 2008
|Deputy to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus|
15 May 1990 - 28 May 1995
Zianon Stanislavavich Pazniak
24 April 1944
Subotniki, Byelorussia, USSR
|Political party||Conservative Christian Party - BPF|
Halina Vashchanka (m. 1995)
|Alma mater||Belarusian State Institute of Theatre and Arts|
|Awards||Belarusian Democratic Republic 100th Jubilee Medal (2018)|
Zianon Stanislavavich Pazniak (Belarusian: ? , born 24 April 1944) is a Belarusian nationalist politician, one of the founders of the Belarusian Popular Front and leader of the Conservative Christian Party - BPF. He has lived in emigration since 1996.
He graduated from the Belarusian State Institute of Theatre and Arts in 1967 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute of Ethnography, Art and Folklore in 1972. Upon completion of his university studies, Pazniak worked as an arts researcher. After a wave of Soviet political-administrative repressions in 1974 resulting in the loss of his work at the Arts Institute, Pazniak worked as an archaeologist at the Archaeological Division of the History Institute of the Belarusian Science Academy. His specialisation was the Late Middle Ages in Belarus. He was heavily involved in efforts to preserve the remaining section of the historic centre of Minsk, which was considerably damaged by the redevelopment efforts undertaken by the Soviet administration after the end of the Second World War. In 1981 Pazniak successfully defended a doctoral dissertation on the history of the theatre.
In 1988, Zianon Pazniak made public his researches of NKVD mass executions in the forest of Kurapaty near Minsk. At that time, he became a leader of the Belarusian national movement for freedom and independence. In 1988, along with Vasil Bykau, he was one of the founders of the Belarusian Popular Front and the Belarusian Martyrologue.
From May 1990 until January 1996, Pazniak was a deputy of the Belarusian parliament. As parliamentary deputy, he was the leader of the fraction of the BPF.
He got married in 1995.
On June 19, 1997, Belarus's prosecutor's office opened a criminal case against Pazniak accusing him of incitement to ethnic hatred against Russian people.
Following emigration, Zianon Pazniak is still active in leading the CCP-BPF (Christian Conservative Party of the BPF). His endeavour to participate in the presidential elections of 2006 was set back when he refused to forward the requisite number of signatures gathered for his candidacy.
He is a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism.
In 2018, Pazniak received the Belarusian Democratic Republic 100th Jubilee Medal from the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in Exile.
His grandfather was Yanka Pazniak (1887 (1895 ?) - 1939 ?), a Belarusian publisher, editor, publicist and politician. Yanka Pazniak took part in the activity of Belarusian Christian educational movement and was a member of the Christian Democratic Union since its founding in May 1917 in Petrograd. Yanka Pazniak published several newspapers and magazines as "Bie?arus", "Bie?aruskaja krynica" (English: Belarusian Spring), "Khryszyanska Dumka" (English: Christian Thought) and "Ranitsa" (English: Morning). In September-October 1939, he was arrested by the NKVD and taken out of Vilna. According to one version, Yanka Pazniak was held in prison in Staraya Vileyka not far from Maladziechna until June 1941. The circumstances and date of his death are unknown.
His Mother was Hanna Yaukhimauna Pazniak (1922-2012). She lived in Subotniki almost all her life. In recent years, she was seriously ill. In April 2012, she died in Belarus, having not lived a few days before her 90th birthday. Zianon Pazniak didn't come to the funeral, fearing persecution by the authorities .
His wife is Halina Pazniak (Vashchanka). She was a deputy of the Minsk City Council. Married since 1995. She lives in Warsaw .
This article may be unbalanced towards certain viewpoints. (March 2018)
Stanislau Shushkevich thinks that neither the West nor Belarus needs Pazniak. Shushkevich says Pazniak is a political deserter, he ran away from Belarus, he is cowardly. Pazniak's radicalism was incomprehensible to people. However Pazniak believes that he is the prophet.