YABLOKO insists that a museum must be opened in the house where victims of Stalin’s terror were executed
Press release, 11.05.2016
YABLOKO member Alexei Nesterenko has conducted a picket by the house where the victims of Joseph Stalin’s terror were executed. He demanded that the house must be turned into a memorial museum.
The activist has been picketing the place every Wednesday since April 28, 2011. His father was executed in the house.
The Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the Soviet Union was situated in the house in the years of the Great Terror. “The enemies of the people” were adjudged at the place, among them were writers Isaak Babel, Boris Pilnyak,
theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold, USSR marshals Mikhail Tukhachevsky and Alexander Yegorov, opposition in the communist party Political Bureau Nikolai Bukharin, Grigory Zinovyev, Lev Kamenyev and the others. On the whole over 31 thousand people were executed.
In 2012 the Committee on city planning declared the building the culture heritage site.
The for several years now the building has been under reconstruction although in 2013 the Department of Cultural Heritage of Moscow announced that a large memorial complex will be opened there.
According to the information published by mass media, the building belongs to one of the State Duma deputies from the ruling United Russia party. Alexei Nesterenko calls the City Hall to redeem the building and open the museum. YABLOKO supports the initiative.