Memorial Day Set for Soviet Repression Victims

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–From now on the anniversary of resettlemen’s and repression that took place in Armenia in Soviet times will be marked in the country every year–the Board member of the "Hushamatian" (The book of memory) organization–Grigor Tananian told reporters Monday. A scientific conference will be held at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences–a monument dedicated to the memory of those repressed will be unveiled–and a commemoration meeting will be held at the State Academic Opera and Balett House. A governmental interdepartmental committee was set up to organize and hold these and other arrangemen’s.

Tananian reported that the Day of Memory of Resettlemen’s and Repression will be marked on June 14–as on the night of June 14–1949 some 3,000 families (12,000 persons) were forced to resettle to the Altai region–Russia–on freight trains under the KGB-developed program. Among them were the families of the victims of the 1937 repression–repatriates of 1946-48 and veterans of World War II. They were allowed to return to their homeland only in 1956–three years after Stalin’s death–but most of them could not return as they died in the Altai region.

Tananian also said that only 4,300 persons currently have the status of repressed people in Armenia. In 1994 the Law on the Repressed People was adopted–but "instead of progressing it has been regressing." According to him–"the Armenian law is the worst among the similar laws adopted in the CIS countries. At a time it was accounted for by the economic crisis in the country–but now they [those who were repressed] can be granted certain privileges." Tananian expressed optimism that the new National Assembly will revise the Law on Repressed People.


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