Minsk: Rally in memory of Stalin’s victims near KGB

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On Sunday evening activists and politicians honoured the memory of the Belarusian cultural figures executed by Stalinists in 1937.

The rally was held near the main entrance to the KGB headquarters in Minsk. It was initiated by Mikalai Statkevich, one of the leaders of the Belarusian National Congress and a former political prisoner.

The participants lit candles in memory of the victims of the Stalinist purges.

October 29 is a black day of the Belarusian history. On this day in 1937 Stalin’s secret police, the NKVD, shot more than 100 cultural figures, mainly writers and poets.

Mikalai Statkevich at the entrance to KGB HQ, photo by Iryna Arakhouskaya

 

Сandles at the entrance to KGB HQ, photo by Iryna Arakhouskaya

 

“Remembrance Chain”. Photo by Iryna Arakhouskaya

 

 

“Remembrance Chain”. Photo by Iryna Arakhouskaya

 

Rally in Minsk. Photo by Iryna Arakhouskaya

 

Стрым з акцыі каля цэнтральнага ўваходу ў будынак КДБ!

Глядзіце стрым з акцыі памяці ахвяраў сталінскіях рэпрэсіяў каля цэнтральнага ўваходу КДБ!

Publié par «Белсат» sur dimanche 29 octobre 2017

According to writer and researcher Mikhail Skobla, over several decades, the USSR authorities killed 2,000 writers, and one in five of them was Belarusian.

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