Executive Secretary of YABLOKO’s Political Committee Galina
Mikhalyova presented the book Overcoming Stalin’s Legacy in
Voronezh on April 10, 2010.
Over 20 people participated in the discussion: members of
the Regional Council of the YABLOKO party, heads of the Voronezh
branch of the Memorial society, history teachers, representatives
of youth human rights movement, independent students’ paper
Perekhod and the Young Europe international network, those
who suffered Stalin’s reprisals and representatives from other
parties and movements. Chair of Voronezh YABLOKO Inna Kudryashova
stressed that communists were trying to revive Stalin’s cult
in Voronezh as well as in other Russia’s cities.
Chair of Voronezh Memorial Vyacheslav Bityutsky expressed
his deep concern with attempted recurrence of Stalinism, closing
of archives inclusive. However, he expressed his satisfaction
of a joint work of Memorial and YABLOKO and handed to the
gathering the book Voronezh Stalin’s Lists.
Professor of Voronezh State Polytechnic Viktor Bakhtin gave
high assessment to YABLOKO’s performance – the only party
which determined its position as regards Stalin’s reprisals.
Valery Chekmenyov, a son of parents who were sent to camps,
and who became a prisoner as a baby of several months old,
told a tragic history of his family in the period of Great
Terror and also presented the participants of the meeting
with his book.
All the participants of the discussion came to a common conclusion
that public awareness campaign on Stalinism and Russia’s history
should be conducted as broadly as possible.