He gives as an example of this a recent article by Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov who when talking about “the repressions of the 1930s” spoke only about “prominent officials of the Tatarstan Republic” and not about the mass murders and incarcerations the Great Terror involved (president.tatarstan.ru/index.htm/news/1755665.htm).
Moreover, Minnikhanov mentioned these crimes only in the context of the improvement of the economic situation in the republic and in preparation for a possible war. As far as that war was concerned, Minnikhanov devoted far more attention to it than he did to the Great Terror and its victims.
In some ways this is hardly surprising given the increasingly tough stratification of Russian society under Putin and the Kremlin leader’s push to promote a positive image of Stalin as a wartime leader and whitewash his crimes against the population and the fact that his war in Ukraine provides an additional opportunity to do so.
But as Yasaveyev points out, “the abruptness, incompleteness and inconspicuousness of the memory of repressions all reflect that Russia is again at war and Tatarstan is a participant. The values of human life and freedom are still not a priority in Russia and Tatarstan, and some people still kill others” and feel justified in doing so.