Dates official and unofficial (2017-2018)

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. Since 2017 Dmitriev has been prevented from attending the event there. 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.

In 2019 the Moscow authorities made an unsuccessful attempt to move the 29 October event (“Restoring the Names”) away from the Solovki Stone, and FSB headquarters, to the new Wall of Sorrow.


5 — Day of Remembrance at Sandarmokh, since 1998. This marks the date in 1937 when the Great Terror began.


29 — Restoring the Names on Lubyanka Square, Moscow. An unofficial annual event, since 2007.

30 — Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repression, an official date since 1991. Marked in Moscow at the Solovki Stone (erected on 30 October 1990)

Unofficial Day of the Political Prisoner in the USSR (1974-1990)

  • “Day of Remembrance” at Krasny Bor, nr. Petrozavodsk (since 1998), and many other places
  • 2017 — Unveiling of “Wall of Sorrow” in Moscow, official monument to the “Victims of Political Repression”


4 — Day of National Unity, an official date since 2005.

7 — “The Great October Socialist Revolution”. Not an official holiday since the late 1980s although current school textbooks in the Russian Federation refer to the historical event as the “Great Russian Revolution”.