Russian activists brave backlash to honor Soviet victims

If history is written by the victors, then a small group of Russian activists are doing their best to make sure the battle to remember the millions of victims of Soviet repression is not lost – one small steel plaque at a time.

President Vladimir Putin has sidelined those who have done most to research the crimes of seven decades of communism, perhaps loath to invite comparison with his own suppression of dissent, or blur the patriotism needed to drive his war in Ukraine.

The leading chronicler, Memorial International, was banned almost two years ago after more than three decades of painstaking work.

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