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YABLOKO participated in the action Returning of the Names

Press Release

October 29, 2011

YABLOKO leaders and activists participated in the memorial action organised by the Memorial human rights society and commemorating the victims of political reprisals during Stalins period. The action took place by the FSB (former KGB) building at Lubyanka square.

YABLOKO founder Grigory Yavlinsky and YABLOKO Chair Sergei Mitrokhin, Eugeny Bunimovich, YABLOKO activist and Ombudsman for Children in Moscow, Political Committee members Viktor Sheinis and Boris Misnik, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Bureau member and head of Soldiers Mothers faction, leaders of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO Galina Mikhalyova, Alexander Gnezdilov and Zoya Shargatova came to the Solovestky Stone at Lubyanka square.

Every participant of the action received a list with the names of Muscovites - victims of Stalins terror of 1937 1938, their age, posts and dates of execution. YABLOKO activists and Muscovites read out loud the names of the victims and put a candle to the Solovetsky Stone.

30,000 people were shot only in Moscow in1937-1938.

The action takes place annully on the threashold of October 30, the Day of Political Prisoners, established in 1974 by Soviet political prisoners who conducted hunger strikes and lit candles in memory of the victims on that day. Also on that day Sergei Kovalyov conducted in Andrei Sakharov's flat a press-conference devoted to this action of political prisoners. Since 1974 hunger stikes of political prisonersin prison camps have been taking place annualy marking a new stage in the human rights movement.

Photo: Eugeny Bunimovich, Sergei Mitrokhin and Galina Mikhalyova

Photo: Eugeny Bunimovich


Photo: Sergei Mitrokhin



See also:

Human Rights

Overcoming Stalin's Legacy

Press Release

October 29, 2011

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