Western Byelorussia

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Western Byelorussia

 

historical name for the part of Byelorussia ceded to bourgeois Poland in accordance with the Riga Peace Treaty of 1921.

After fascist Germany’s attack on Poland in September 1939 the Red Army took the population of Western Byelorussia under its protection. On Oct. 28-30, 1939, the Popular Assembly of Western Byelorussia adopted a declaration that proclaimed Soviet power, the inclusion of Western Byelorussia within the USSR, and its reintegration into the Byelorussian SSR. On Nov. 2, 1939, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and on Nov. 12, 1939, the Supreme Soviet of the Byelorus-sian SSR adopted laws concerning the inclusion of Western Byelorussia within the USSR and its reintegration into the Byelorussian SSR.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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