The OGPU investigation of the Pokrovsky brothers in summer 1932 helps us put faces to four names. Ivan was executed in Moscow, one death in the maelstrom unleashed by the forced industrialisation of the USSR and the dekulakisation of the countryside. Alexander was shot four years later at Sandarmokh, a victim of the Great Terror.
Ivan’s last resting place was uncovered in the early 1990s by researchers from Memorial working in the Central Archives of the FSB (post-Soviet successor of the Cheka, OGPU, NKVD and KGB). In 1994, a memorial was erected by the entrance to the Vagankovskoe cemetery. It reads: “To the victims of political repression, 1927-1937. May they never be forgotten!”
On 3 January 2021 Mikhail ROGACHOV passed away in St Petersburg. He created “the best Book of Remembrance in Russia, the Komi Republic’s “Repentance” Martyrology,” commented Anatoly Razumov and referred to his deceased colleague as “A wonderful person, a wonderful historian.”
Mikhail ROGACHOV (born Riga 1952; died 2021 of Covid-19 in Kronstadt hospital)
Mikhail Rogachov (died 3 January 2021)
A sad loss. For years the historian Mikhail ROGACHOV studied the history of the Gulag in the Komi Republic (Northwest Russia) and was compiler, author and editor of the Pokayanie Fund’s Book of Remembrance, Repentance: The Komi Republic’s Martyrology of the Victims of Mass Political Repression.