Kraskoŭski Ivan (Краскоўскі Іван), political leader. He was born in south-western Belarus in 1882. Kraskoŭski studied at Warsaw University and held many administrative posts in Belarus and Ukraine. During World War I he was a representative of the All-Russian Union of Cities in Galicia. He was closely associated with the Socialist Revolutionary Movement and joined the Party of Ukrainian Socialist Revolutionaries. During the revolutionary period he became involved with the Belarusian movement. Kraskoŭski took an active part in the Congress of Nations, Kiev, September 21-28, 1917 where he was a member of the Belarusian delgation and was elected to the presidium of the Congress. He was one of the editors of the Congress resolution in which autonomy for Belarus was requested from the Provisional Government. In January 1918 Kraskoŭski became a deputy minister of the Ukrainian People's Republic under Prime Minister V.Vynnychenko. Later he held numerous leadership posts in the Ukrainian and Belarusian governments. Kraskoŭski took part in numerous diplomatic missions for the Belarusian Democratic Republic. He was an important contributor to various Belarusian and Ukrainian periodicals on political topics.

In the 1920s Kraskoŭski moved first to Latvia, then to Belarus and became involved in numerous cultural and economic projects, while teaching at the Belarusian State University in Miensk. He was arrested in the early 1930s and his fate is unknown.

References: Ukr. Zahalna Enc., L'viv, vol. 2, 193?, p. 377; Encyclopedia of Ukraine, Toronto, vol. 2, 1988, p. 658; Ukrains'kyi Istoryk, New York, nos. 3-4, 1977, pp. 14-25.

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