Memorial Day for Victims of Political Repression and Hunger in Kazakhstan (31/05)

May 31 in Kazakhstan is a memorable date - the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Political Repression and Famine, established by Decree of the President of the Republic No. 3443 of April 5, 1997.

It so happened that Kazakhstan in the 20-30s of the last century, in addition to the terrible and difficult period of famine years and political repressions experienced together with the whole country, had the sad fate of becoming a special place in the system of political terror.

Initially, the Kazakh SSR, as a remote region within the USSR, became the homeland for many representatives of the social class who returned from forced emigration, who belonged to the category of unreliable. These people were called hostile to the Soviet government and capable of actions that undermine its authority or even harm the development of the young state. According to the authorities, it was not only undesirable, but also contraindicated for them to stay in the European part of the USSR, in the large cities of the center of the country.