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Sergei Mitrokhin at the Returning of the Names action: the modern Russian state still uses Joseph Stalins political methods

Press Release

October 29, 2012

The Russian state still uses Joseph Stalins political methods, said YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin at the Returning of the Names action which is annually held in the centre of Moscow by the Solovetsky Stone monument. People commemorate the victims of the Great Terror and read out loud the names of the people shot during those years.

"The roots of Stalinism have not been removed from our society and our state. Commemorating the victims of the terror we must also recognize our responsibility so that this will never happen again," Mitrokhin said after reading out loud the names of the people shot in 1937 1938.


Sergei Mitrokhin

Activists and leaders of the YABLOKO party have been traditionally taking part in the action organised by the International Society "Memorial". Today, members of YABLOKOs Political Committee Sergei Ivanenko and Boris Misnik, Bureau members Valery Goryachev and Olga Vlasova, and a few dozen activists of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO have come to the Solovetsky Stone.

Grigory Yavlisnky, YABLOKO founder and head of the YABLOKO faction in St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly, has commemorated the victims of the Great Terror in St. Petersburg today. He has laid a wreath to the Solovetsky Stone on the Trinity Square.

Grigory Yavlinsky

The participants of the Moscow action will be replacing each other in turn for 12 hours (from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) at the podium made by the Solovetsky Stone for reading out the names. Each of the participants reads out loud personal data - name, age and occupation of five people shot during the Great Terror, and then puts a candle and lays flowers to the basement of the Stone.


Boris Misnik


Many of those who come add to the list the names of their relatives killed by Stalin's henchmen. Some bring photographs of the political prisoners.

Sergei Ivanenko, Political Committee member

The queue to the monument is about 100 people. People wait for about an hour in chilling weather to commemorate the memory of the innocent victims.


Valery Goryachev, Bureau member

Olga Vlasova, Bureau member

 

See also:

Human Rights

Overcoming Stalins Legacy

YABLOKO Against Broadening of Proxies of Secret Services

Press Release

October 29, 2012

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