Wednesday, June 09, 2010

What History Reveals About Insane Dictators

Vladivostok Russia June 7, 2010 Russia has uncovered at least 495 skeletons, many with head gunshot wounds, in a mass grave probably dating back to purges under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in the 1930s, municipal authorities said on Wednesday.

At least 3.5 tons of bones were extracted from the site on the outskirts of the Pacific Ocean port of Vladivostok after it was discovered by workmen building a road, the city government said in a statement.

Millions of Soviet citizens were executed or died in labour camps during Stalin's rule from the 1920s until his death in 1953, but discoveries of mass graves became less frequent after a surge in finds that followed the 1991 Soviet collapse.

Experts were checking the hypothesis that the bodies were victims of Stalin's purges. "Practically all of the skulls have bullet wounds," said Yaroslav Livanksy, the head of a group of volunteers who helped to excavate the site.

He said money and clothes from the 1930s had been found at the site. A crushed child's skull was discovered close to a bead bracelet and a small slipper.

Irina Fliege, a senior researcher with Russian human rights group Memorial, which collects information about Stalin-era killings, said she had no doubt that the victims were shot by Stalinist forces.

She said far more bodies were likely to be found as adjacent sites are studied.

"This happens all over the country, it's impossible to say how often," Felige said. "All we can do is put up monuments to remember the dead.

My thoughts... makes ya wonder how many zillions more places like these will be uncovered in the coming decades.... Sad so Sad. All the history these people held with their families...Tragic. Man can be so cruel


Lisa Ceaser said...

So scary, and so sad to think most of their families probably never knew what became of them after they were captured. Such a waste of life.

Sandy B said...

3.5 TONS of bones? How horrible! And this is probably just one of many such many countries...

Amazing Gracie said...

From what I understand, Stalin is guilty of killing more than Hitler did. Wonderful guys. I just know their corner of Hell is hotter!