Stalin Persecution Victims Remembered

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Of What Were We Guilty" was the title of an event held last week at the Writer’s Union of Armenia dedicated to the memory of Armenian writers–scientists–cultural workers–public and political figures who became the victims of Stalin’s persecutions.

Writer Sasun Grigorian described those persecutions as genocide and compared it to the Armenian Genocide of 1915. He pointed out that fabricated charges had been brought against nearly 25,000 people.

"It’s time the Creative Unions and the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia published a joint memorial album about the victims of the Stalin regime," said Grigorian. He appealed to the government to ensure the rights of the victims of the Stalin regime as is done in Russia and other countries. The speaker suggested that a memorial "khachkar" be placed in the Hrazdan Canyon and an official day be assigned to commemorate the victims of Stalin’s persecutions.

A candidate of historical sciences–chief of the press-service of the system of the national security of the Ministry of the Interior and National Security–Armenak Manoukian–gave a detailed analysis of the period of Stalin’s persecutions–and explaining that after 1936 mostly public and political figures as well as representatives of the intelligentsia were victimized.

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