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31 May 2011
President Nursultan Nazarbayev sent an address to the participants in the events on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions.

The address reads:

“The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions of the 20th Century has been established by the presidential decree in 1997 and marked each year for one and a half decade.

The memory about millions of people of various ethnic and religious background who were repressed under the wheels of the totalitarian system, innocently convicted for dissent and died later in the prisons and were deported mercilessly from the native land was and will be always sacred for us, who are the citizens of a free and independent Kazakhstan.

We carry out large scale work in Kazakhstan for the triumph of justice. For the years of Independence 14 books of sorrow were published with the fair names of about 146,500 innocently sentenced compatriots included in the books. According to the legislation more than 340,000 illegally repressed citizens were rehabilitated.

The dozens of memorials were erected at the common graves of the victims of the totalitarian rule and the memorials were opened on the territories of former Gulag prison camps.

Today the list of memorials is enlarged by a new museum for the commemoration of the victims of political repressions, which was opened at the Karlag notorious prison camp.

All this helps us to realize cruel lessons of the past and makes us do the best to prevent similar tragedies from recurring in modern and future history of the humankind”.

Nursultan Nazarbayev

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