Vadim Gigin

Versions of names: Вадим Францевич Гигин, Вадзім Гігін

Vadim Gigin is a Belarusian propagandist, TV host, historian and politician. He was included in a sanctions list of the European Union in 2011 – 2016. From 2008 to 2016, Gigin was chief editor of the magazine Bielaruskaja Dumka, published by the Presidential Administration of Belarus. From 2016 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Belarusian State University. In June 2023, Gigin was appointed director of the National Library of Belarus.


Individual Observers at the 2022 pseudo-referendum for the formal annexation of occupied territories of Luhansk to Russia

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Institutional affiliation to Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Belarusian State University

This is not my first time in Lugansk. Our goal is to see how the will of local citizens goes, how they express their will, and also to see how it goes on the territory of the Russian Federation, how it is organized. If we contribute to the process of normalizing the situation so that people's lives become better, we will only be happy. [Translated from Russian]

Corresponding elections

From 23 to 27 September 2022, the Russian forces organised a sham election process - pseudo-referendum as a pretext for the formal annexation of the regions of occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson by Russia. The annexation of the four regions was announced on 30 September 2022.