Every year, on 29 October, thousands of people gather near the Solovki Stone in Moscow to read out the names of those who were shot during Stalin’s reign of terror. “We call on our readers to join them this Sunday on Lubyanka Square,” writes the online Meduza website.Continue reading
A press conference to mark the unveiling of the vast Wall of Sorrow on Sakharov Avenue in Moscow this coming Monday, 30 October, ended with a statement about the Dmitriev case.
Not one of Russia’s nationwide TV channels mentioned that statement in its coverage of the event, reports today’s Novaya gazeta
“From 10 am to 10 pm on Sunday, 29 October, we shall be reading out the names of the victims of political repression here in Moscow,” announces an item on the Restoring the Names page on Facebook. “The Memorial Society has organised this event for ten years, ever since 2007. One after another, people will get up and read from the list. Yet thus far we have barely read half of the names of the 40,000 people executed in and around Moscow during the pre-war period.”
“It is exactly 80 years since the killing by quota began of Ukrainian, Russian and other prisoners from the notorious Solovki Labour Camp,” writes HALYA COYNASH for the website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. “From 27 October to 4 November 1937, 1,111 prisoners were executed by the NKVD, including 289 Ukrainian writers, playwrights, scientists and other members of the intelligentsia.” Their bodies, like those of nearly eight thousand other victims shot in the vicinity, were tossed into burial pits at Sandarmokh in Karelia (Russia) and remained lost until 1997.