Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
On 16th January, at 19:00, the Yeltsin Center invited locals to a film on the history of the “Perm-36” museum.
“Perm−36” is the unofficial name of the Soviet correctional labor colony of strict regime for those convicted of “especially dangerous state crimes”, in the village of Kuchino in the Chusovskoy district of the Perm region, which was turned into a Museum — Memorial Museum of the history of political repression “Perm-36”.
The military servicemen of the Waffen SS, “Forest brothers”, and members of the battalions of the OUN-UPA, I.e Banderists, mainly sat in the colony. Here are the statements of the organizers of the Museum about the people imprisoned there:
Viktor Pestov, one of the three “heroes” of the announced film, was serving a sentence in this camp. On 21st September, 2014, he participated in the peace march in Yekaterinburg. Apparently, in memory of past times, he wore Bandera’s cap.
And before this, in March 2014, he participated in the opposition meeting of the office of the NGO “memorial” (pictured center) with the US Consul Maerssen (yellow tie).
In connection with the above information I have a question for readers: are you not ashamed?
Not ashamed to silently ignore this event? You will not be ashamed to look into the eyes of your parents, grandparents, all those who survived the horrors of war, occupation, capture, loss of loved ones? Will you be able, looking into the eyes of all these people, to say: “In the Yeltsin center a movie about Banderists, which whitewashes them, was shown, and I said nothing”, after all you will be ashamed?
You have half an hour? Come for half an hour. 5 minutes? Use it to express your position against the rehabilitation and romanticizing of fascism. You want your children to never know the horrors of war? Come. All. It’s enough to be indignant in the kitchen and during the news. It’s time to say a word in defense of your Motherland.
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