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The second volume of the Book of Memory, issued in commemoration of the victims of political reprisals in the Krasnoyarsk region, first saw the light of day.

Friday, December 9, 2005

The Book of Memory is published in accordance with a resolution of the Governing Board of the region of Krasnoyarsk; it is financed by money from the regional budget. The present edition is the result of the common efforts of the archives agency, the affiliate of Social Welfare of the Krasnoyarsk regional administration, the regional State Archives, the Krasnoyarsk “Memorial” organization of historical illumination and education, human rights and charity, the Krasnoyarsk office of Federal State Security, the Main Administration of the Interior. the Public Prosecutors of the Krasnoyarsk region and “Izdatelskie Proekty” Publishers.

The second volume of the Book of Memory comprises about 6000 biographic details on Krasnoyarsk citizens, who were under investigation in the Krasnoarsk region and whose surnames start with the letters “V” and “G”, as well as informative material, scientific and journalistic articles. The first volume dealing with the letters “A” and “B” was published in 2004. The third volume (“D”-“I”)is expected to be ready for the press late in December.

Under the rule of the Soviets about 60.000 people were charged and sentenced for political reasons. As from August 23, 1937 to July 15, 1938 alone were executed approximately 11.600 people, 5.440sent into camps. The Krasnoyarsk region became a “prisonof peoples” in the true sense of the word – more than 500.000 special settlers were deported here in cattle waggons, damned to do slave labour and die a painful death. Volga and Ukraine Germans, Pontic Greeks, Lithuanians, Letts, Estonians, Ukrainians, Finns, Cherkess, Poles, Belorussians, Russians, Kalmucks … - thousands of prisoners served their sentences in the Kraslag, Norillag, Gorlag, the Yeniseystroy and other camps.

The publication of the second volume of the Book of Memory is announced on the eve of the International Human Rights’ Day (December 10). The edition will be distributed to the libraries and museums in the region.

Additional information are available from the Krasnoyarsk “Memorial” organization (Aleksey Babiy, Tel. 65-13-85, e-mail: memorial@maxsoft.ru).


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