On August 15, 1972, Levon Borazna was killed, probably with the participation of the KGB. Shortly before his death, a protest against the destruction of the historical center of Minsk was supposed to take place.
The writer Adam Globus recalled how he learned about the murder of an outstanding artist and offered his interpretation of this tragic event:
"Levon Borazna was stabbed. He staggered out of the dark arch into the bright yard, where he collapsed and lay on the ground for several hours, not far from his artist's studio. Neighbors thought that the artist was just drunk, so they didn't call for help.
I heard the story about the murder of Levon Borazna from my parents. One of the reasons for his murder was the Belarusian language. The conflict started in the "Peremoga" cinema, where during the screening of the film, two gangsters molested a young woman. Levon Borazna, together with the administrator of the cinema, stopped the screening and expelled the gangsters from the cinema hall. They promised that they would wait for Barazna on the street and deal with him and his Belarusian language. After the session, they attacked the artist near the cinema. The powerful Borazna gave Kukhtalev petty arrogance. They started to run away. He ran after them. The bandits ran into the arch on International Street. One of them ran through the archway, while the other hid behind a ledge in the wall to stab Barazna in the back. The bandit carried out his intention and killed one of the brightest cultural figures of Belarus at that time.
For me, the fact that Levon Borazna suffered because of his language was very important in my father's story. He was killed not only for defending a woman from violence, he was killed for our language."
And this is how Zyanon Pazniak recalls the events of that time:
"On August 15, 1972, he was killed in the center of the capital, as it became clear, as a result of the development of the Soviet KGB to fight against Belarusian nationalism. The killers are two criminal brothers, Russians, the children of a KGB colonel who guarded the House of Government. The court and the communists tried in every possible way to fence off the murderers in order to sentence them to a shorter term. The main killer refused to testify and kept saying only three words: "I am the son of Stalin." He was taught this, otherwise many things would have been revealed.
The murder of Levon Borazna shook us all then. It was a great loss for Belarus. His grave, like the grave of Kalinovsky and hundreds of other victims of Moscow, remained unavenged, and this list is growing."
– © "50 years since the assassination of the leader of the national revival movement", 08-15-2022, Anna Yermakovich, Nowy Chas