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General Bulak Bulakewitch, well known anti-Bolshevist insurrectionary leader of White Russia, and for some time a fugitive in Poland from Soviet justice, has been found murdered in the vicinity of the Bialowierz Woods, advices to local newspapers say. His assassins are believed to be White Russians who ambushed the bandit leader as he was traveling through the forest. They are said to have executed him as a “national traitor”.
The murder of this ruthless insurrectionary and counter revolutionary leader brings an end to the career of a bloodthirsty pogromist. Among the first to organize anti Bolshevist forces against the Soviet Power, he had planned the establishment of an independent White Russian State, with Minsk for its capital. In August 1919 he predicted the fall of Petrograd before October of that year.
At the head of a force said to have numbered 12,000 Cossack and other troops he operated in the vicinity of, and in October 1920 succeeded in capturing the city of Gomel. Emboldened by this victory he proceeded to move he forces from Minsk, which had occupied marching on Klev.
During these operations, in which he had the cooperation of that other insurrectionary, General Wrangel, he was especially ruthless in his treatment of the Jewish population. In the beginning of February 1921 it was reported by the Federation of Ukrainian Jews that more than 1000 Jews in Minsk and Gomel were killed by his men.
A fugitive from Soviet Russia, the Ukrainian, Jewish and White Russian deputies in the Polish Assemblv repeatedly demanded that the Polish government try the bandit leader before a court martial as one of those responsible for the wholesale massacres in White Russia and the Ukraine.
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