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Remembering Soviet Repression

Remembering the nations the Soviets deported in whole or in part'
EUROMAIDAN PRESS Paul Goble 2015/10/31 - 03:43 PHOTOS

Memorial to the victims of Stalin's deportation of the Crimean peoples in the city of Yevpatoria in Putin-occupied Crimea.

Today, many people in the Russian Federation will pause to remember the victims of political repressions in the USSR, in particular the members of the 14 peoples who were deported en masse and the 48 other nations who were deported or otherwise repressed only in part, a list that even more tragically is far from complete

While the regime of Vladimir Putin increasingly defends what Stalin did and tries to block any memorialization of his victims, Elena Meygun of Nazaccent.ru points out that “more than 700 memorials” to the victims of Stalinist repression nonetheless have been erected across the country.

Few of them are in Moscow or in other major cities. Instead, they are at the sites of former jails and camps, resettlement points, and mass graves. To give some idea of the scope of this effort, she provides pictures and details of some of them which show in her words that “the peoples of our country are united not only by the word ‘Russian’ but by a common tragedy.”

On this day, it is worth looking at these pictures and thinking about the millions of human victims of a system whose collapse Putin has described as “the greatest geopolitical tragedy” of the 20th century and, having viewed them, recommitting ourselves to ensuring that there will be no more steps in the direction of recreating it.

And unfortunately, such a recommitment is necessary not only morally but practically. As Crimean Tatar Mustafa Dzhemilyev reminds today, Moscow is engaged in an analogous act of ethnic engineering and genocide in occupied Crimea by forcing Crimean Tatars out and sending ethnic Russians in to take over their farms and houses.

Remembering the nations the Soviets deported in whole or in part -- EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press |

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