Commemoration Day in honour of the Victims of Political Repression

On the 30th of October, victims of repression during the Soviet era will be remembered and honoured all over Russia as part of Commemoration Day.

In Saint Petersburg, this tradition began with the dirge of the 21st of October, 1989 at the Levashovo Memorial Cemetery. Since then, a list of those executed during the course of the Great Terror has been published by the “Leningrad Martyrology.” 

This year’s ceremony, entitled “Wishing to call you by name…,” will be held in three different locations: on Trinity Square, at Levashovo Memorial Cemetery, and in the garden of the Fountain House of the Anna Akhmatova Museum. 

Anyone can participate in the ceremony by reading out a few names from the list of those who lost their lives in Petrograd and Leningrad during the Red and Great Terror, lighting a candle in their honor, or commemorating affected loved ones. 

These heroes have cruelly been deprived of their right to life and even of their right to burial. Their deaths, disappearances, and suffering serve as a reminder to appreciate each and every person’s life and freedom. 

The ceremonies will be held:

  • from 12.00 to 20.00 at the Solovetsky Stone on Trinity Square (Metro Gorkov)
  • from 14.00 to 15.00 in the Levashovo Memorial Cemetery
  • from 18.30 to 21.30 in the garden of the Fountain House at the Anna Akhmatova Museum (Liteyniy St., 53; Metro Mayakovskaya)

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