Klimpush-Tsyntsadze Paid Tribute to Soviet Victims
Klimpush-Tsyntsadze attended ceremonies at the National Historic Memorial Bykivnia Graves
The only way to avoid the repetition of past atrocities is to carefully study the suppressed pages of history of the totalitarian regime, Deputy Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze wrote on her Facebook page on May 19, 2019.
“We have bowed before the graves of the victims of political repressions tortured by the Soviet regime – millions of ruined fates and painful family stories that have bled for decades under the ban on remembering them. […] Many of us fell into the brutal press of a Stalin machine that wanted to grind any feelings, dreams. […] By honoring their memory, studying the pages of history that are silent, we have a chance to become a successful society, and we are convinced that, in the future, we will never allow such atrocities,” Klimpush-Tsintsadze wrote.
At the same time, she expressed strong discontent to the fact that at a time when Ukraine and the whole world, which is in solidarity with her, honors the victims of totalitarian regime, Russia glorifies Stalin. “Nowadays, record-breaking 70% of Russians endorse the role of Joseph Stalin in Russian history, and the image of the tyrant responsible for death and the shattered fate of millions of people is now trying to rehabilitate and represent it as an ‘effective manager,’” Klimpush-Tsintsadze wrote.
The number of victims in Ukraine of the totalitarian regime cannot be counted – it’s an incredible number. Some experts believe that in the period from the beginning of the 1920s to the late 1980s, that is, during the Bolshevik regime, almost half a million people were arrested in Ukraine. A huge number of them were shot while others went to jails, exile, labor camps or forced psychiatric treatment.
She also mentioned that around 70% of Russians view Josef Stalin, the force behind these political persecutions, not just in Ukraine but throughout all of the Soviet Union as well as the Soviet controlled parts of Eastern Europe, favorably. Much of this can be attributed to the to Soviet role in defeating Adolph Hitler and the Nazis during World War II and the rehabilitation efforts undertaken by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Estimates of around 30 million people were killed by the Stalin regime, either through direct murder, death in prisons, forced starvation, forced deportation or being worked to death on construction projects.