Wednesday, 5 August 2020. Sandarmokh

Some photos taken at Sandarmokh by Svetlana Kulchitskaya.

The images show: Irina FLIGE laying carnations on a collective memorial; a plaque commemorating Pyotr Didushok-Gelmer (1889-1937 shot); a stone bearing the words “Do not forget these Swedes!”; a plaque commemorating Xenia Djikayeva (1902-1937 shot); and a view of part of the memorial complex.

Forgotten or Remembered

“Recently, for one reason and another, I’ve visited different villages in Russia,” writes Yury MIKHAILIN (an administrator of the Dmitriev Supporters’ Facebook page).

“In many of them there stands a memorial to soldiers who died in the Great Patriotic War [1941-1944] and in almost every case it is not simply a monument. Names are carved on a plaque, recalling those who left the village to fight at the Front and never came back. “In each of these villages, I have been thinking, there is a similar list of those who were arrested in the 1930s and also never returned.”

Continue reading