Novobirilyussy, 30 May 2008
On the 31 May 1931 the families of German kulaks were expelled from Birilyussy
District. 116 families, about 500 individuals. They were sent into internal
exile to the Tomsk Region.
They ascended the river Chulym on cutters and barges. This was supposed to be the “final trip” for many of them. Almost half of the deported peasants lost their lives in the swamps of the Tomsk Region.
This day is traditionally being commemorated in Novobirilyussy in May, in commemoration of the very first transport of internal exiles to the region. Organizer of the action – Nadezhda Laktionova, director of the Birilyussy Museum of Local Lore and member of the Krasnoyarsk “Memorial” Organization.