Jens Siegert on Russia's past: preferably remembered simply - until now

posted 13 Nov 2013, 08:42 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Nov 2013, 08:46 ]
30 October 2013 

Jens Siegert 

Source: Russia Blog (Boell Foundation) 

On October 30th, the official day of remembrance for victims of political persecution, a memorial plaque on a Moscow home was unveiled for Varlam Shalamov, the great chronicler of the Gulag. This small event is something special. It is the first such plaque in Moscow to remind us that such revered individuals also suffered political persecution. Walking through Moscow's streets, many such plaques can be observed. They commemorate writers, circus clowns, generals and scientists. No small number of these people whose achievements are so highly regarded were at some time resident in a camp, and many were executed. But not a word about it is included. [Read more]