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Reclaiming the Names. 29 and 30 October. Lubyanka and Butovo

25 October 2012 


Source: HRO.org (info)

During 1937 and 1938 more than 30,000 people were shot dead in Moscow alone. A public reading of the names, the age, profession and date of execution of thousands of victims will take place on 29 October.

International Memorial Society: On 29 October, on the eve of the Day of Remembrance for the victims of political repression, from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm, we shall take turns reading out the names of the individuals who were executed in Moscow in the years of the Great Terror. We invite Muscovites to come to the Solovetsky Stone [the memorial to the victims of political repression in the USSR on Lubyanka Square - tr] in Lubyanka Square and take part in the annual event organized bythe International Memorial Society. 

During 1937 and 1938 more than 30,000 people were shot dead in Moscow alone. A public reading of the names, the age, profession and date of execution of thousands of victims will take place on 29 October.

If we want to make sure that the society we live in is one where the values and interests of individuals are held in higher esteem than the values and interests of the state, where the state has no values and interests other than those of individuals, our path ineluctably lies through the Solovetsky Stone. If we want to make sure we can carry out our civic duty and realize our independent educational initiatives joyfully and without fear, we shall come to the Solovetsky Stone.

If we are not prepared to follow any ideological, religious or cultural forms of totalitarian dogma, we shall come to the Solovetsky Stone.

If we want to make sure we are free to preserve the religious and national traditions that are dearest to us without fear, we shall come to the Solovetsky Stone.

If we do not wish to live in a closed country, plagued by suspicion and surrounded on every side by unknown internal and external enemies, and if we want to make sure everyone can exercise their right to participate in our country's life according to their abilities, values, and their notion of what is good for Russia, we shall come to the Solovetsky Stone.

If we want to ensure the inviolability of our property and safety of our children, we shall come to the Solovetsky Stone.

If we want to make sure we have secure access to information and can disseminate any kind of information that interests us and people around us and to which we are entitled, we shall come to the Solovetsky Stone.

If we want to make sure our doctors treat people rather than carry out the orders of bureaucrats, that our police officers safeguard everyone's safety rather than being an instrument of state tyranny, that our teachers provide a sensible education that reflects the needs of children and their parents rather than become the involuntary executors of an all-pervasive state diktat, forcing every child and teacher to fit the same single mould, we shall come to the Solovetsky Stone.

If we want to discover all the achievements of human mind, literature and art, if we want to make sure we can read, write and publish the books we regard as necessary rather than those selected by government and imposed on us and our children, that we can make, watch and show films that we find interesting rather than those selected and commissioned on our behalf by the state, we shall also come to the Solovetsky Stone.

If we want to make sure our Constitution reflects the values of society, that our laws are observed and do not contradict our Constitution then, inevitably, sooner or later, we shall all come to the Solovetsky Stone to read the names of those who were executed.

If we want to overcome all totalitarian impulses within ourselves, and allow all free impulses within ourselves to flourish, we shall meet at the Solovetsky Stone on 29 October, from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.

On behalf of the victims, for our sake and for the sake of our children. 

 
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To the Rector of the Church of the Resurrection and the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, Archpriest Kirill Kaleda, and to the Director of the Butovo Research and Educational Centre, I.V. Garkavy: we invite you to take part in the Voice of Memory commemorative event on 30 October 2012, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions, the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Terror. 

The event will be held at the Butovo shooting range, the largest site of mass executions and burials from the 1930s to the 1950s in the Moscow region, where the remains of over 20,000 individuals rest in burial mounds.

The names of those who were shot dead in Butovo, as recorded in the NKVD ‘execution lists’, will be read out in the chronological order of the dates when the sentences were carried out. All the known names will be read out, regardless of their ethnic or religious background.

The commemorative event will begin at 10:00 am in the Church of the Resurrection and the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, where a requiem mass for all victims will be celebrated.

The service will continue at 10:30 am at the burial site. The names listed in the Butovo Book of Remembrance will be read out from a platform erected specially for the event. The event is open to the public and people will be able to lay flowers and place candles on the burial mounds.

Because of the significance of this year's anniversary, in addition to the reading out of the names, further commemorations are being planned, including the screening of photographs of the victims, the mounting of a temporary exhibition focusing on the history of the shooting range as well as plans for the creation of an Avenue of Memory memorial at the burial ground.

Relatives of the victims, representatives of various Moscow communities, NGOs and movements, artists and scholars and all those who care for the memory of our past are expected to take part in the event.