Halya Coynash: Remember Sandarmokh & the Historian of the Terror Imprisoned in Putin’s Russia

posted 27 Oct 2017, 12:22 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Oct 2017, 10:34 ]

27 October 2017

By Halya Coynash

It is exactly 80 years since the killing by quota began of Ukrainian, Russian and other prisoners sent to the notorious Solovki Labour Camp during the worst months of Stalin’s Terror. From 27 October to 4 November 1937, 1,111 prisoners were executed by the NKVD, including 289 Ukrainian writers, playwrights, scientists and other members of the intelligentsia. Their remains lie, together with those of nearly nine thousand victims, at the Sandarmokh Clearing in Karelia, near the Russian border with Finland. 

Perhaps the anniversary was not the reason for the low trick played on Yury Dmitriev, the imprisoned historian of the Terror, and his many friends and supporters on October 25. It would, however, be nothing new in this profoundly disturbing prosecution and imprisonment of a world-renowned historian in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  [Read more on Human Rights in Ukraine]