The Memorial NGO risks “liquidation”

DECRYPTION – The Russian organization founded by Andrei Sakharov is accused by the government, among others, of “supporting extremism”.

Correspondent in Moscow

In 1937, the great-grandfather of the poet and literary critic Lev Oborin suffered the fate of hundreds of thousands of victims of the Great Terror. Revolutionary militant, opposed to Stalin, Vassili Oborin was sentenced with his wife to twenty years in the camp for “Trotskyism”. Both are sent to Kolyma, in the Russian Far East. A deportation from which we did not come back, most of the time. On March 19, 1939, Vassili Oborin was shot and joined the funeral cohort of the “gulag archipelago”. But this, his great-grandson would not learn until decades later, in the early 2000s.

Only then will Lev Oborin and his family obtain information about the detention, execution and burial of their grandfather. His name appeared on the list of three and a half million victims of Stalinist repression established by the NGO Memorial. A monumental work aiming to give back a face and a history to zeks – the population of the camps-, carried out

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