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Lelchitsy Regional Executive Committee
18 April 2014

New book about Gomel discloses unknown facts of its history

GOMEL, 18 April (BelTA) – The book "Gomel Guberniya: how it all began. Unknown pages” has been published to the order of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee and under the general editorship of Gomel Oblast Governor Vladimir Dvornik, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee.

The book presents the historical facts relating to the little-known period of Gomel Gubernia (1919-1926) when most of the south-eastern part of Belarus was part of Russia. The publication contains the declassified archival documents and photographs, many of them have been published for the first time.

In the preface to the publication Vladimir Dvornik notes: "The book shatters stereotypes, tells us about the facts that were not public before, and gives the opportunity to learn more about the difficult past of Gomel Oblast". The book is written in the form of a historical chronicle. Its author is journalist Irina Takova who has worked on the book for almost 5 years. She studied the materials in the Belarusian, Russian and Estonian archives, summarized and analyze them.

The idea of writing the book was put forward by Alexander Yakobson, Chairman of the State Control Committee, who was in charge of the Gomel Oblast Executive Committee from 2001 to 2010. The regional newspaper “Gomelskaya Pravda” was also involved in this book project. The book has 4,000 copies.

Gomel Guberniya was formed on 26 April 1919.