Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions

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Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions
Date October 30
Next time 30 October 2017 (2017-10-30)
Frequency annual
Solovetsky Stone. Monument commemorating the victims of political repression in the USSR: a stone from Solovki concentration camp installed in front of the KGB headquarters at Lubyanka Square in Moscow

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions (Russian: День памяти жертв политических репрессий), is an annual day of remembrance for victims of political repression in the Soviet Union.

It has been commemorated on October 30, since 1991, in former Soviet republics, except for Ukraine, which has its own annual Day of Remembrance for the victims of political repressions by the Soviet regime on the third Sunday of May. In 1991, the Supreme Soviet of Russia officially established 30 October as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions,[1][2] this day is also officially a public holiday in the Russian Federation.

The commemoration is held on the date of the former Day of the Political Prisoner in the USSR, an initiative by imprisoned Soviet dissidents for the recognition of inmates' status as political prisoners.[3][4]

Members of the Memorial society take active part in meetings.

Traditional meeting places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Постановление Верховного Совета РСФСР от 18.10.91 N 1763/1-I «Об установлении Дня памяти жертв политических репрессий». (The Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR of 18.10.91 N 1763/1-I "On establishing the Day of Remembrance for victims of political repression.")
  2. ^ Putin visits memorial to victims of Stalinist Great Terror, The New York Times, October 30, 2007
  3. ^ "Rights Activists Read Aloud Soviet-Era Victims' Names". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  4. ^ news.ru article, 23 February 2008 (in Russian), English translation[permanent dead link]