Monday, May 28, 2018

Norilsk Rising Anniversary Should be Memorial Day for Soviet Victims and Popular Resistance, Ikhlov Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 28 – Jews around the world have a special memorial day for victims of the Holocaust “not in January when in 1942 the Wannsee conference too place or in 1945 when a Soviet unit broke into the Auschwitz complex but in April in memory of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto, Yevgeny Ikhlov says. 

            Russia should follow the same principle and have as a memorial day for victims of Soviet power and resistance to it “not on October 30, the day of protests of hunger strikers in Brezhnev camps … not on December 1 when forced (and genocidal) collectivization began and on the start of the Great Terror in 1934” (

                Instead, the Moscow commentator says, Russia should mark it on May 26, the anniversary of the largest rising in the history of the GULAG in Norilsk in 1953. That would honor those who resisted and died fighting the monstrous regime. Even more, “it would unite all the peoples of the former USSR” who also died at the hands of the chekists.   

            For a recounting of this heroic event, see

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