Badunova Pałuta (Бадунова Палута), teacher, political leader. Biographical data about her are scarce. It is known that Badunova studied prior to the revolution at Moscow University. She joined the Belarusian Socialist Hramada and was a member of the Central Committee in 1917. Paluta Badunova was very active during the years 1917-1918 and took part in numerous conferences and meetings. She held many important positions in the Government of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, wrote extensively and participated in negotiations with the Poles and other political parties and groups. Badunova was arrested several times for her political activities. She was one of the pioneers in forming the Party of Belarusian Socialist Revolutionaries, together with Hryb and Mamońka. She played an important part in organizing the conference of Belarusian Socialist revolutionaries in Miensk in 1920, at which many of the members of this group took a mold position toward the Bolsheviks, and expressed a willingness to compromise on a variety of issues. Badunova, Hryb and Mamońka did not compromise however, and chose to emigrate when the Bolsheviks began to consolidate their power. For a while she was involved in clandestine political activities on the territory of Soviet Belarus. Sometime toward the second half of the 1920s Pałuta Badunova returned to Soviet Belarus where she vanished; it is presumed that she was shot by the Bolsheviks, without leaving any trace.

References: Adradžeńnie, Miensk, no. 1, 1922, pp. 267-277; Belarusian Institute of Arts and Sciences, New York, Archives.

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