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Ukraine pays tribute to victims of Great Purge

Memorial events will take place in Kyiv
12:32, 5 August 2018

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Today, Ukraine pays tribute to the victims of the Great Purge. The Institute of National Remembrance reports that the memorial events will take place in Kyiv.  

In particular, a commemorative liturgy started in the morning at 9:00 a.m. in Pokrovsʹkyy Church on Podil, from 11:00 a.m. through 12:00 a.m. panikhida and memorial events will take place near the Cross for the repressed in 1930-50 yy.  

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From 1:00 p.m. through 3 p.m. memorial events will take place in the National Historical and Cultural Reserve ‘Bykovnyanskie graves’. 

The Great Purge is a largescale campaign of the massive repression of the citizens, which was initiated in USSR in 1937-1938.  

As a result of the Purge, the political, artistic and scientific elite were destroyed, deformation of public relations took place.  

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According to the commission for the circumstances establishment of the massive repressions against the members and candidate-members in Communist Orgburo, chosen at the 17th party congress under the chairmanship of Pyotr Pospelov in 1937-38 yy. 1.5 million people were arrested for anti-Soviet activity, half of them were sentenced to death.  

According to the assessments of historians almost 200 thousand people, two-third part of who were children condemned to death. 

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