Burbis Alaksandar (Бурбіс Аляксандар), widely known civic, cultural and political leader. Burbis was born in Vilna on October 8(20), 1885; he died in Miensk on March 20, 1922. He became involved in the clandestine Belarusian political activities in his late teens, was one of the founders of the Belarusian Socialist Hramada and one of the five members of the Central Committee of that Party (1905). Burbis was active in Vilna and Miensk for the most part, but he was also very popular among peasants and workers all over Belarus. He was imprisoned from 1906 to 1909. After serving his sentence he became once again totally involved in Belarusian political and cultural activities. Burbis became a member of the Belarusian National Committee in March of 1917 and after that was one of the most important personalities involved in the preparation of the First All-Belarusian Congress in December of 1917. In 1918 Burbis joined the leftist factions of the Hramada and remained in Soviet Belarus after the Soviet-Polish war. Burbis devoted all his time to organizing the Belarusian Theater, the Belarusian Red Cross, and other Belarusian institutions and organizations. He became a member of the Communist Party in 1921 and held numerous important administrative positions in Soviet Belarus, representing the Republic in the committee which elaborated the details of the Treaty of Riga.
References: Łuckievič, Anton. Za 25 hadoŭ (1903-1928), Vilna 1928, 51 p.; Bieł. Sav. Enc., vol. 2, 1970, p. 476; E.Budźka remembers Burbis... Bieł. Hazeta, Miensk, no. 18(38), March 22, 1942; Z.Žyłunovič about Burbis... Połymia, Miensk, 2, 1927. pp. 180-195; P.Badunova remembers... Adradžeńnie, Miensk, no. 1, 1922, pp. 272-277.