Arseny Roginsky: “There is not even a memorial to them…”

posted 20 Jan 2012, 14:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jan 2012, 14:12 ]
Source: (info), 20/01/12 

· Freedom of conscience  · Human rights defenders  · Human rights education  · Moscow city & Moscow region  · Victims of political repression 

The Russian Memorial Historical, Educational and Human Rights Society has made a public appeal for a resolution to the issue of how the victims of political repression buried at Moscow’s Donskoy Monastery should be commemorated. “From the beginning of the 1930s the bodies of those shot were cremated in the crematorium of the Donskoy cemetery. Their ashes were thrown into holes together with other unwanted ashes. About 10,000 were shot. And there is not even a memorial to them. We must do all we can to commemorate the victims of the terror,” Arseny Roginsky, head of Memorial, said on 20 January 2012. 

The newspaper Moskovsky komsomolets reported that the Russian Orthodox Church intends to reclaim the territory of the now closed cinerarium of the crematorium at the Donskoy Monastery. The Moscow Patriarchy denied that this was the case. [Read more]