Veteran dissident and bard
Solovki, the Special Purpose Solovetsky Camp, was the first permanent concentration camp of the Soviet regime. (Its Russian acronym SLON spelled “Elephant”.)
Set up in 1923 on a group of islands in the White Sea, it began with a mixed population of left-wing political opponents of the Bolsheviks (Anarchists, Socialist Revolutionaries) and criminals. Its purpose and the changing nature of the Soviet regime can be easily seen by comparing lists of its prisoners over three distinct periods.Continue reading
The director of St Petersburg Memorial, explaining at Sandarmokh why it is not difficult to organise the annual Day of Remembrance there:
The Times Literary Supplement (London)
The Trial of Yury Dmitriev
Sir, — Daniel Beer’s review of two books about Stalin’s terror (21 July) rightly concludes with a case that has become, to the discomfort of the authorities, a cause célèbre in Putin’s Russia.