News on the topic: political repression in the Soviet Union

Homel: democratic activists commemorate victims of repressions on the eve of Forefathers' Day

03.11.2014 Homel: democratic activists commemorate victims of repressions on the eve of Forefathers' Day

On the eve of the Forefathers' Day, November 2, representatives of the democratic forces of Homel traditionally commemorated the victims of repression in the Soviet years.

77th anniversary of Kristallnacht of Belarusian culture marked in Baranavichy

03.11.2014 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht of Belarusian culture marked in Baranavichy

November 1, Baranavichy social activists and human rights defenders marked one of the most tragic pages of our history: the 77th anniversary of the "Kristallnacht" of the Belarusian culture.

Baranavichy activist applied for a picket to mark anniversary of Belarusian “Kristallnacht”

08.10.2014 Baranavichy activist applied for a picket to mark anniversary of Belarusian “Kristallnacht”

October 6, civil society activist appealed to the head of the Baranavichy City Executive Committee in order to obtain permission for holding a one-person picket in the memory of victims of Stalin's repressions.

22.08.2014 Minsk City Court dismisses appeal by Kurapaty campaigners

The Minsk City Court has dismissed an appeal by a group of activists campaigning for the preservation of the Kurapaty memorial, Radio Racyja reports. The City Court thus upheld the decision of the Tsentralny District Court. The authors tried to force the Prosecutor General's Office to implement its earlier order to remove all objects that were illegally built in the territory of the Stalin repressions memorial.

Mikhail Kukabaka: History rewritten under dictation of another vozhd Putin

20.08.2014 Mikhail Kukabaka: History rewritten under dictation of another vozhd Putin

Mikhail Kukabaka, former inmate of Soviet labor camps, shared with Viasna his opinion about the destruction of the only museum to the victims of repression “Perm-36”.

Heads of the Embassies of EU countries visit Kurapaty and Trastsianets

05.11.2013 Heads of the Embassies of EU countries visit Kurapaty and Trastsianets

On 5 November the heads of the Embassies of the European Union and the Charge d' Affaires of the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus visited Kurapaty and Trastsianets, mass graves of victims of the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century.

Baranavichy: public activists hold a cleanup near the cross in the memory of victims of Stalin's repressions

05.11.2013 Baranavichy: public activists hold a cleanup near the cross in the memory of victims of Stalin's repressions

Following their tradition, representatives of the Baranavichy NGOs organizations and political parties held the cleanup on 2 November 2013, the “Dziady” (“Forefathers Eve”) holiday in the park near the Cross in the memory of victims of Stalinist repressions of 1939-1953, at the intersection of Pirahou and Slalenskaya Streets. Earlier, there was the prison “Kryvoye Kola” (“Crooked Wheel”), where many people were killed, and in 1992 civil society activists set the memorial cross in its place.

Marathon in memory of Stalin repression victims starts with detentions

29.10.2013 Marathon in memory of Stalin repression victims starts with detentions

Today, on the Day of Remembrance of the victims of totalitarian repression, police detained participants of a mourning marathon and journalists, Radio Liberty’s Belarus service reports.

Baranavichy: victims of Stalin's repressions commemorated on Victory Day

10.05.2013 Baranavichy: victims of Stalin's repressions commemorated on Victory Day

On 9 May civic society activists of Baranavichy commemorated the people who had perished during WWII and the times of Stalin's repressions. At first they laid down flowers to the Eternal Flame in the center of the city and then – near the cross to victims of Stalin's repressions of 1939-1953 at the crossing of Pirahou and Smalenskaya Streets (the place where "Kryvoye Kola" ("Crooked Circle") prison used to be situated). The iron cross was installed there in 1992 as a memorial sign to victims of Bolshevik repressions in Belarus.

Memory about priests who were shot in Orsha (video)

02.05.2013 Memory about priests who were shot in Orsha (video)

In the 1920-1930ies the shootings of priests were conducted within the borders of the then Orsha (near Mahilyou highway, where suburb-3 is located). This place hasn't been marked in any way yet and there is no memorial sign there. According to local core researcher Yury Koptsik, local dwellers use it as a recreation place, being unaware they drink alcohol on the graves.

Babruisk activists campaign to rename streets in honor of repressed writers

31.10.2012 Babruisk activists campaign to rename streets in honor of repressed writers

Mrs. Volha Pimanava, civil activist from the city of Babruisk, Mahiliou region, has launched a campaign to collect petitions in effort to rename the city’s streets in honor of two natives of Babruisk – writers Barys Mikulich and Siarhei Hrakhouski – who became victims of the Stalin-era political repression.

Victims of political repression remembered in Babruisk

30.10.2012 Victims of political repression remembered in Babruisk

Some 50 residents of the city of Babruisk came yesterday to local office of the United Civil Party to remember the victims of Soviet political repression. The event was preceded by the laying of flowers to the monument dedicated to the victims of the Stalin-era Great Purge.

Homel authorities ban screening of film on Stalinist repressions

17.05.2012 Homel authorities ban screening of film on Stalinist repressions

The administration of Homel-based “Tourist” hotel has refused to provide premises for the screening of a documentary “Stalin’s Line. Homel Region” produced by local pro-democratic activists.

Orsha activists launch information campaign on Stalinist repressions

30.04.2012 Orsha activists launch information campaign on Stalinist repressions

Orsha youth group called Zviaz is looking for the families of people who were killed as a result of mass repressions in the 1930s-1950s, as part of a campaign aimed at producing a newsletter on the Great Purge of the Stalin Era.

Minsk: action in the memory of victims of Stalin’s repressions

09.11.2009 Minsk: action in the memory of victims of Stalin’s repressions

On 8 November the Conservative-Christian party BPF held a sanctioned meeting in the memory of the victims of Stalin’s repressions shot in Loshytski ravine. About thirty people gathered near the Culture House of the worsted plant and proceeded to Loshytski ravine, where they laid down flowers to the memorial cross and lit candles.

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