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Tribute to the victims of political repression

Today, at Zhubanov University was held a republican scientific-practical conference on the topic of “Political Repressions in the USSR: History and Lessons”. The conference was dedicated to the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression, which is celebrated annually in Kazakhstan on May 31.

Before the conference, the leadership of the oblast and university laid flowers at the monument to Kudaibergen Zhubanov. As is known, Kudaibergen Kuanovich was shot on the first day of mass executions of prominent state and public figures of Kazakhstan. October 3, 1957 posthumously rehabilitated for lack of corpus delicti.

For participants and guests of the conference was prepared exposition of documents of the oblast state archive of Aktobe “Lessons of history in the memory of generations”, book exhibition of oblast universal-scientific library named after S. Baishev and the library of Aktobe Regional State University named after K. Zhubanov. Also6 documentary shots of tragic years were shown in the film “Zulmat“.

It should be noted that the monograph “Hungry Tragedy” was presented at the conference as a monograph by Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Svetlana Smagulova.

The plenary session of the conference was opened by the deputy akim of the Aktobe oblast, Marat Tokzhanov. He noted that in the first half of the last century, Aktobe oblast witnessed a tragic situation that engulfed all regions of Kazakhstan. According to official sources, 2,000 people became victims of political repression. In general, more than 2 million people died in the country.

“Only a small number of nations suffered so much trouble in a short time as our people. For 10 years, we have lost half of our nationality. We must avoid repeating those tragic events. On this occasion, large-scale work is being carried out in the country. Today we are a country that is united by the constructive policy of the head of state. Therefore, we should not forget about the people who became victims of totalitarian regimes and famine, ”said the deputy mayor of the oblast.

He also thanked the university management for organizing the conference and wished good luck to the participants.

In turn, the rector of Zhubanov University, Professor Bauyrzhan Erdembekovgreeted the participants. “The topic of political repression remains one of the topical for the study, in which there are important questions,” – said the head of the university.

Translation by Akbota Ormanbekova