Unique Tomsk Region Museum safe for this winter at least

The only one of its kind in Russia, the museum in Palochka village in the north of the Tomsk Region opened this August. It is devoted to the memory of over 7,000 forced settlers from southern Siberia who died there in 1931-1933. Partly funded with grants from the presidential administration, it faced fears of closure recently until a crowdfunding campaign raised enough to pay for its prohibitive heating costs.

From mass burials to a museum

In 2018 two local women Irina Yanchenko and Gulnara Koryagina found mass burials of so-called “special” settlers on the outskirts of the village (population 297 in 2017). Archival documents revealed that in 1931 “kulaks” had been brought there on barges down the River Ob from the Altai Region to the south. Two years later only 700 of the 7,800 settlers remained alive: the rest had died from the backbreaking work, from starvation and sickness.

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Timeline (2), 2018-2021

2018

14 June — DMITRIEV’s acquittal on charges of child pornography (Article 242.3) and perverted acts with a minor (135) overturned by Supreme Court of Karelia.

Football World Cup opens in Russia.

Sergei Koltyrn (1953-2020)

28 June — DMITRIEV re-arrested and again held in Detention Centre 1 in Petrozavodsk.

Further charges brought against DMITRIEV under Part 4 of Article 132.

10 August — DMITRIEV returns to Detention Centre No 1 after a psychiatric assessment at Hospital No 6 in St Petersburg.

27 August — Russian Military History Society begins two weeks of excavations at Sandarmokh.

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