Aleksandr Cherkasov on Memorial: "We help people realize that Russia’s past and present are very much connected"

posted 16 Oct 2014, 06:36 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Oct 2014, 06:50 ]
“We help people realize that Russia’s past and present are very much connected—that most probably explains why attacks on Memorial in the past few years grew so frequent and now remind us of a war. [...] Authorities think in vertical terms but Memorial was born from the very bottom, as a community of civil groups united by common values. The practice of destroying civil society was tried by Soviet leaders and that led to the dramatic fall of the Soviet Union.”

-Aleksandr Cherkasov, member of the board of the Memorial Human Rights Centre

Source: Anna Nemtsova, 'The Kremlin’s Plan to Erase Russia’s Memory and Its Conscience,' The Daily Beast,13 October 2014
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