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Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Ambassadors in Moscow commemorated the victims of the June 1941 deportations

14.06.2016


Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Ambassadors in Moscow commemorated the victims of the June 1941 deportations


Today, on the 75th anniversary of the June deportations, the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Ambassadors and diplomats gathered at Solovetsky Stone in Lubyanka Square to commemorate the victims of deportation, many of whom died in the inhumane conditions of Siberia and northern Russia.

Diplomats placed flowers and wreaths at the memorial stone of the victims of Stalinism and the Estonian Ambassador Arti Hilpus gave a memorial speech. He stressed that what made the deportations of June 14, 1941 particularly tragic was the fact that for the first time not only political, business and social figures, but also their family members fell victim to Stalinist mass repressions. “Our people, who had just been living in independent countries and believed in the rule of law, were not able to imagine such a thing,” Hilpus said.

“Certainly we have to continue talking about the tragic chapters of the past and also investigating them, in order to avoid new mistakse and crimes,” the Ambassador noted. Arti Hilpus added that we should also bear in mind that the crimes against humanity were perpetrated by specific people, not one or the other nation as a whole.

The Solovetsky Stone in Lubyanka Square is a memorial to the victims of the Soviet regime. The stone was brought from the Solovetsky Islands, the location of one of many prison camps at the time. The memorial stone was officially inaugurated on October 30, 1990 and that date has become the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions in Russia.

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Regina Palandi-Paju

Estonian Embassy in Moscow

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