Day of Remembrance for Victims of Political Repression in Moscow

posted 4 Nov 2013, 03:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Nov 2013, 04:48 ]
30 October 2013 

Source: (Info)
Given that around 30 000 people were shot in Moscow alone in 1937-1938, the commemorative events in the capital will go on for more than just one day. 

"A large rally will be held, mainly for the victims’ children and some of the survivors. The names of the victims will be read out at Vagankovsky cemetery during a ceremony which will go on for some hours, and several services will take place there. There will also be a large gathering of former victims at City Hall. Similar events – readings of names, rallies and so on – will take place throughout the country,” said Arseny Roginsky, chair of the International Memorial Society, when discussing the planned events on air at Radio Finam FM.

A memorial board to the writer Varlam Shalamov, crafted by Georgy Frangulyan, will be unveiled today at House No 8 on Chisty Pereulok in Moscow.

The “Voice of Memory” campaign will also be launched today at 10 a.m. at the Butovo firing range, a former NKVD mass murder site, when the names of the people shot there will be read out.

A rally will be held by two NGOs, the Moscow Association of the Victims of Political Repression and Moscow Memorial, at the Solovetsky Stone on Lubyanka Square.

There will also be a special programme of events at the State Museum of GULAG History, with a dedicated concert on Sunday.

On 29 October 2013, the day before the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions, a major event, Return of the Names, was organised by Memorial at the Solovetsky Stone on Lubyanka Square in Moscow. One by one, participants read out the names of people shot in the capital during the Great Terror. According to, a live video stream of the Return of the Names ceremony was available on the Internet.

День памяти жертв политических репрессий отмечается в России ежегодно, начиная с 1991 года. По данным правозащитного центра "Мемориал", в России в настоящее время живут около 800 тысяч пострадавших от политических репрессий (в их число входят также дети репрессированных, оставшиеся без попечения родителей).

The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions has been commemorated in Russia every year since 1991. According to information from the Memorial Human Rights Centre, there are currently around 800 000 people in Russia who have suffered political repression, a figure which includes those who as children lost their parents to repression.

Translated by Joanne Reynolds