Human Rights Council releases anti-totalitarian program
They also suggest that the president’s speech on the commemoration day for victims of political repressions on October 30, should become a tradition. In 2009, president Medvedev in his address said that Stalin’s repressions cannot be justified and stressed that the memory of the victims and national tragedies is as sacred as the memory of triumph.
Among other things, the council is working on the creation of large-scale memorials near Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The Communist Party has condemned the plan calling it a trick to detract attention from the forthcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. The party’s deputy head Ivan Melnikov said the initiative is against the constitution.
“To forbid state officials to deny things linked to ideology and history means the violation of the constitution which gives everyone the right to do, think, whatever they want,” he said.
Mikhail Fedotov says the goal of the program is to let people feel free in their country.
“There should be a consensus in society about some basic values, and it can only be achieved through the constitution.”