Remember the Date: On 8 March 1944 the Balkar people were deported to Central Asia

Photo by Marie Čcheidzeová via Wikipedia On 8 March 1944, during World War II, the Soviet authorities ordered the deportation of the Balkar people of the North Caucasus to Central…

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Remember the Date: 5 March 1953 – the death of Stalin

(From left to right) Stalin, Aleksei Rykov, Lev Kamenev, and Grigory Zinoviev in 1925. Source: Wikipedia Joseph Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dzе Jughashvili on 18 December [Old Style 6 December] 1878) died on 5 March 1953 at…

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Remember the Date: 5 March 1940 – Soviet authorities order the mass killing of Polish officers that became known as the Katyn Massacre

Photo of the order for the Katyn massacre: Wikipedia "The Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of Polish nationals carried out by the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) in April and May 1940, was prompted by…

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Remember the Date: Deportation of Chechen and Ingush peoples on 23 February 1944

Photo of the Chechens and Ingush being loaded onto trains for the deportation (Wikipedia) On 23 February 1944 the Soviet authorities deported the Chechens and Ingush to Central Asia. The expulsion…

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Person of the Week: Yury Dmitriev

Week-ending 19 February 2021 On 16 February St. Petersburg's Third Court of Cassation upheld on appeal the 13-year prison sentence handed down to Yury Dmitriev, Gulag historian and long-time head…

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“Don’t spend a single kopeck on the children of enemies of the people,” How victims of the Gulag are fighting for benefits, reparations and the right to go home

13 January 2021 by Valeriya Ratnikova Source: Dozhd More than 100 civil society figures have appealed to the president with a request to provide housing to children of victims of…

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Teresa Cherfas reviews ‘Zuleikha’ by Guzel Yakhina: “The scenarist’s quest for a good story […] has romanticised a period that was by any measure dehumanising and brutal.”

28 January 2021 By Teresa Cherfas Teresa Cherfas reviews Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina. Translated by Lisa Hayden. Hardback 496pp ISBN-9781786073495 (Oneworld Publications, London, 2019) Guzel Yakhina graduated as a screenwriter from the Moscow…

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‘The wait continues for the victims of repression. Vladimir Putin has been asked to guarantee access to social housing for former GULAG prisoners’ [Kommersant]

13 January 2021 By Ivan Tyazhlov [Published in Kommersant newspaper No 3, 13.01.2021, page 5] Source: Kommersant Over 100 social and cultural activists have put their signatures to an open letter addressed to…

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More than 100 public figures sign open letter seeking to solve the problems faced by victims of Soviet repression

Photo of Mikhail Fedotov 13 January 2021 Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Эхо Москвы] More than 100 public and cultural figures have signed an open letter to Russian leaders, seeking…

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