Historian: Repression in the USSR, in need of the investigation no less than the atrocities of the Nazis

In connection with the commencement of proceedings on the genocide in Stalingrad during world war II, it is also necessary to initiate criminal proceedings against the participants of the repression in the 30-40-ies in the USSR, said the historian, program Director of affiliate development centers EUSP Ivan kurilla.

Earlier, Russia’s Investigative Committee announced the excavation of mass graves on the territory of Volgograd and the region, to initiate a criminal case on charges of genocide for the mass killings of civilians during the great Patriotic war on the territory of the Stalingrad region, USSR.

“In principle, the identification of the victims, and not only the civilian population is a good idea. Children and grandchildren are still searching for the burial place of their “missing” relatives. Twenty-first century, unlike the twentieth attentive to every fate — mass graves so I want to make name. This, however, applies not only to civilians but also soldiers of the red army,” — said the historian.

According to him, on the territory of the Volgograd region in the months of the battle of Stalingrad killed more than million people, most of them buried in mass graves.

“It’s not 1,800, and dozens, if not hundreds of thousands. The UK is not enough to identify all remains, no “portrait examination” or DNA. Well, here is the calculation for some billions of dollars of budget injections — suggested kurilla. — I absolutely agree with the call to investigate a mass murder, regardless of what alive the criminals or already dead. But this principle can not apply to those who carried out repressions on behalf of the Soviet state. “Rehabilitation” of victims of repression was not accompanied by the investigation and punishment of those responsible of repression — from planning and giving orders to direct perpetrators. It is necessary to carry out this work and to call the names of the executioners.”

the Historian notes that the consensus zverstthe Nazis during the Second world war, the society has, and with respect to internal repression still there are differences. Ivan kurilla noticed that there are cases when the descendants of the repressed tried to initiate an investigation and to formally initiate a criminal case, however, SK denied them with the statement indicating that “criminal proceedings may be instituted in connection with death of the suspect”.

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