Thursday, December 08, 2011

Suprun and Dudarev Verdict

It looks like the Arkhangel'sk court has sentenced archivist Aleksandr Dudarev to one year in prison for helping Mikhail Suprun gather the names of Russian-Germans persecuted by the Soviet government during the Stalin era. Suprun himself was released due to an expiration of the statute of limitations. It is now officially illegal in Russia to make public the names of the millions of ordinary people repressed by the Stalin regime. These victims have been condemned to remain nameless and unknown. This blatant act of intimidation against the historical profession in Russia is really an outrage. In Russia today doing history in a way that deviates from the current political line rehabilitating Stalin can get you put in prison.

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