On 5 August, Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions, a memorial event was held in the Vereshchaginsky district of Perm Region. The commemoration of the victims of Stalin’s t repressions was organised by the Centre for Historical Memory in Perm. The activists of the Center together with relatives of the repressed honoured the memory of the railway workers Polikarp Gilev and Naum Pleshivykh, both died in the camps.
In 1937 they together with 19 other members of the group were arrested in the frames of the so-called “railway workers’ case” and later secretly executed. The true cause of their deaths remained unknown for many years, and only after the collapse of the Soviet Union their daughters could find out the information about the fates of the repressed.
Eighty-five years after the tragic events, they met again at the station in Volegovo to pay homage to their fathers. Here, on the façade of the former railway station, there are the Last Adress memorial plaques with the names of Polikarp Gilev and Naum Pleshivy, whose photo was thought to have been lost for many years.
At the memorial ceremony an exhibition stand, telling about the innocent victims of Stalin’s regime, was set up. The participants of the commemoration read out the names of the 19 victims of terror and paid a minute’s tribute of silence to their memory. The descendants of Naum Pleshivy solemnly installed a portrait of their ancestor, thus completing the memorial composition to the victims of the «Great Terror».