Dates Official and Unofficial, 2018

The contest over the form remembrance should take, on what date and in which locations is a crucial part of the Dmitriev Affair. At its heart lies the 5 August Day of Remembrance at Sandarmokh, which is inextricably linked with Yury DMITRIEV and a memorial complex unlike any other. For the last two years Dmitriev has been prevented from attending the 5 August event.

Meanwhile, a concerted attempt was made in many parts of Russia in 2017 to wrest control from the informal groups who have presided for years over commemorative gatherings elsewhere on 30 October. This was notably the case at Krasny Bor, a major killing field not far from Petrozavodsk, where in Dmitriev’s absence his daughter Katya resisted an official takeover.


[Wednesday, 7th — Centenary of “The Great October Socialist Revolution”
Not an official holiday since the early 1990s. An event referred to in current school textbooks as the “Great Russian Revolution”.]

Sunday, 4th —
Day of National Unity [since 2005], to be marked this year on Monday, 5th


Tuesday, 30th  —
Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repression [since 1991]

Unofficial Day of the Political Prisoner in the USSR [1974-1990]

  • Unveiling of official monument
    to the “Victims of Political Repression”, 2017 (Moscow)
  • “Day of Remembrance” at Krasny Bor, nr. Petrozavodsk [since 1998]

Monday, 29th — Restoring the Names
Lubyanka Square, Moscow [unofficial event, since 2007]


Sunday, 5th —
Day of Remembrance at Sandarmokh (since 1998)