On the occasion political repressions victims’ commemoration Day President Viktor Yushchenko took part in commemoration of political repressions victims in National memorial preserve “Bykivnya graves”. Other participants of commemorative arrangements in Bykivnya were Verkhovna Rada Speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Vice Prime Minister Ivan Vasyunyk, National Security Council Secretary Raisa Bohatyryova, Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky, Kyiv Regional Administration Head Vira Ulyanchenko, members of the Government, deputies, etc.
In his speech at the event President said: “Today we honor memory of all countless victims of “the red wheel” that rolled trough Ukraine in XX century and speak not only about Stalin’s crimes but those of the whole communist regime”. He also stressed that the time has come to speak out loud about those guilty of repressions and tortures and to publicly condemn them.
Speaking about Bykivnya victims Viktor Yushchenko reminded that in forests near the place around 100 thousand of our nationals, slaughtered by the NKVD in the 30’s and 40’s, were buried in common nameless graves.
After the address of President, those present honored victims of totalitarian repressions with a moment of silence.
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