Former Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin’s Victims Still Being found 80 Years After The Great Terror in Russia

A group Memorial discovers unrecorded burial sites of the victims of the Great Purge

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November 12, 2016: The Great Purge or Great Terror are terms used to refer to the darkest periods of Russian history. Thousands were massacred in Russia under the suspicion of being enemies of the people of the Soviet Union.

The purge was inspired by the idea of eliminating dissenters and to fortify the authority of Josef Stalin in the Soviet Union. The prosecutions were majorly focused on eminent bureaucrats, military leaders and many other members of the Communist Party. It also affected many other sects of the society. The “fifth column” communities or the national minorities faced number of NKVD (Soviet Secret Police) operations. Most of the purges were explained as precautionary campaigns to eliminate the risk of espionage.

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Victims were accused of being anti-Soviet agitators taking part in sabotaging the country by conspiring against the state. These terrorized victims were reportedly tortured for confessions and many were executed by shooting them or sent to labor camps to work in the poorest conditions possible. Many perished due disease, starvation and exposure to very harsh work environments.

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Nikolai Yezhov. Wikimedia

Although The Purge was initiated by NKVD chief Genrikh Yagoda, it reached its epitome under the supervision of NKVD chief Nikolai Yezhov (September 1936-August 1938).

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Once perceived as an enemy, the fate of the victim was sealed. There are records of mass burial sites where the bodies were dumped. But even today, multiple burial grounds have been discovered which have no existence in the records. This shows that there may have been a lot more casualties than recorded.

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A group called ‘Memorial’ has started collecting evidence and records of the massacres in the 1990s. The group has been trying to document the massacres during this dark chapter of Russian history. The researchers at Memorial have been requesting for documents mentioning the locations of the mass burials and execution grounds but the FSB keeps denying the existence of any such documentation in its archives.

Every autumn, ceremonies are held to pay respect to the victims. Memorial has also launched a program called Last Address in which plaques are placed holding the identities and addresses of the victims of Stalin’s political repression.

– by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker

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Thailand Set to Enter the Clash of Hosting the 2026 Youth Olympics

Thailand is all set to express interest in hosting the games in 2026

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Thailand may show interest to host the Youth Olympics in 2026. Pixabay

According to International News Thailand is set to become the latest country to enter the fray for hosting the 2026 Youth Olympics. India, Russia and Colombia are already vying to host the event and according to reports in the Thai media, Thailand hopes to launch a joint candidacy from Bangkok and Chonburi.

Kongsak Yodmanee, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, said they plan to send their intention to bid to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) within the next week, according to Thai newspaper Daily News.

Yodmanee further said that the bid will be done on an urgent basis so that Thailand can “catch up with India.” Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra had said earlier that India will increase its push for hosting the 2026 Games after the ongoing freeze in the sporting calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is yet to announce when they will reveal who gets the hosting rights for the 2026 Youth Games. Wikimedia Commons

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The Colombian Olympic Committee said in February that it had approved Medellín as a candidate for the 2026 Games, while Russia has reportedly earmarked Kazan.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is yet to announce when they will reveal who gets the hosting rights for the 2026 Youth Games. Hosting rights are normally provided about five years before the event which means that a decision could come as early as as 2021. (IANS)

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Russia Registers 2nd Highest COVID Cases Globally, Surpasses Spain and UK

Russia registered 232,243 cases on Tuesday, 2nd highest globally

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Establishing a new world order in the times of corona will not be an easy task. Pixabay

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia has increased to 232,243 on Tuesday, the 2nd highest number of infections in the world surpassing the tallies in Spain and the UK, the country’s anti-coronavirus crisis centre said.

The tally surged to 232,243 after the 10,899 cases were reported over the past 24 hours, TASS News Agency quoted the centre as saying.

A total of 43,512 patients have recovered, while 2,116 people have died, it added.

According to the centre’s data, the daily growth rate on Tuesday was 4.9 per cent compared to 5.6 per cent the day before.

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The centre’s data revealed that the daily growth rate on Tuesday was 4.9 per cent compared to 5.6 per cent the day before. VOA

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As of Tuesday, the number of coronavirus cases in Spain and the UK stood at 227,436 and 224,332, respectively, according to the Washington-based Johns Hopkins University.

Italy came in the fifth place with 219,814 cases, while the US accounted for the highest number of infections in the world at 1,347,936. (IANS)

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Russia celebrates 75th Victory Day amid pandemic; Large-Scale Celebrations Postponed

Many celebrations will take place virtually

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Moscow Victory Day 75th anniversary logo. Wikimedia Commons

Russia on Saturday celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War amid restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Large-scale celebrations have been postponed to a later date, however, many of them will be held online, so Russians will be able commemorate the day without leaving their homes, reports TASS news agency.

Addressing the nation, President Vladimir Putin said: “We will necessarily celebrate the jubilee date as usual – widely and solemnly and will do it with dignity as our duty tells us with regard to those who went through sufferings, achieved and accomplished this Victory.

“We will have both our main parade on Red Square and the Immortal Regiment people’s march.”

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“We will have both our main parade on Red Square and the Immortal Regiment people’s march.”, President Vladimir Putin said while addressing the nation. Wikimedia Commons

Putin is slated to lay flowers at the Eternal Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Alexander Gardens, Moscow.

The traditional Victory Day parade this year was supposed to be larger than usual in honour of the anniversary, but due to security reasons it was postponed to a later date after restrictions were lifted.

However, celebratory military air show will still be held this year in 47 Russian cities, involving about 600 aircraft and helicopters.

Meanwhile, Immortal Regiment’s march will be held online, said the TASS news agency report.

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Everyone can upload photos of their ancestors and their war stories to the event’s website, which will be used in a video and broadcast on federal channels, screens in metro trains, online.

Firework shows will be held in 29 cities of Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that events organized abroad by diplomatic missions will also be held online. (IANS)