Events dedicated to the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions were held in the Penza Oblast on Friday, October 30, 2020.
Due to restrictive measures related to the COVID-19, this year these events are held in an alternative format, without mass participation of citizens.
In Penza, the memory of the unjustifiably repressed in the 1920s and 50s was honoured by laying flowers at the Repentance monument (86, Moskovskaya str., Penza).
The ceremony was attended by Vasily Trokhin, deputy chairman of the Penza Oblast government, Yelena Rogova, Commissioner for human rights in the Penza Oblast, Yana Kuprina, deputy chairman of the committee on social policy of the Penza Oblast Legislative Assembly, and representatives of the Cossacks, various religious denominations and public organisations.
On this day, "memory lessons" were held in the region's educational institutions, and thematic exhibitions dedicated to the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions were held in cultural institutions (libraries and local history museums).
Note: In Russia, October 30 is the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions. The date was established by Resolution of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR of October 18, 1991 No. 1763/1-1 "On establishing the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions", after which October 30 became officially recognised as the day of remembrance.
Photo credit to the Penza Oblast Government's Department of Internal Policy