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Jan Stankievič

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Jan (Janka) Stankievič (also called Ian Stankevich, Ян Станкевіч, Jan Stankiewicz; 26 November 1891 – 16 August 1976) was a Belarusian politician, Nazi collaborator, linguist, historian and philosopher. Biography Jan Stankievič was born in the village Arlianiaty near Ashmyany. During World War I, Stankievič served in the army of the Russian Empire. Starting in 1917–1918, he began to actively participate in activities of Belarusian national organizations. Jan Stankievič graduated from the Vilnia Belarusian Gymnasium in 1921 and the Charles University in Prague in 1926, and became Doctor of Slavonic philology and history. Between 1928 and 1932 he worked as a Belarusian language professor at the University of Warsaw, and from 1927 to 1940 at the University of Vilnius. Between 1928 and 1930, Stankievič was member of the Polish Sejm. As a politician, Stankievič advocated closer ties of Belarus and Poland, for what he has been often criticized by other West Belarusian politicia
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