Russian scientists in an open letter criticized the controversial interview with the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov to the 100th anniversary of the structure in which, in the opinion of academicians and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), he justifies Stalin’s repressions. A letter to scientists on Friday, December 22, published by the Russian newspaper Kommersant.
The letter stated that Bortnikov did not mention the huge number of victims repressed ordinary citizens, including workers, peasants, and scientists, actors and artists. They note that the head of the FSB mentioned only about the fate of the employees of the security services.
“Millions of Soviet people were in prisons and camps, many of them never returned, whole peoples were subjected to relocation of historic residence,” the letter says scientists.
The appeal was signed by 32 professors and member-correspondents of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in which many questions remain unanswered.
“What is it – farewell to the new President? Nostalgia for the old days, or the advocacy of new doctrines?” – ask the scientists, protesting “against the revision of the notions of inhuman and anti-people essence of repression.”
Scholars urge readers to join their concern about attempts to rehabilitate the Stalinist regime by changing public opinion.
“When I read an interview where Mr. Bortnikov says that the majority of decisions in the 1930s were the case… That through repression, the country punished the bad security officers and party officials bad… I wanted to ask: why punish scientists? Why punish artists, artists? Why punish the peasants, workers, ordinary citizens?” – the newspaper quoted one of the signatories.
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