Exhibition of political repression victims’ archival cases opens in national archives of Kazakhstan
More than 300 confidential documents of prominent political and public figures of the Kazakh people were displayed for the first time in 70 years. Documentary exhibition dedicated to the Day of memory of victims of political repression opened at the National Archives. It includes archival materials taken from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General's funds about the convicted and subsequently rehabilitated citizens. Among them there are criminal cases of Alikhan Bukeikhanov, Akhmet Baitursynov, Myrzhakyp Dulatov, Saken Seifullin, and Ilyas Zhansugurov. For many years, the documents were stamped as ‘Top Secret’, but now everyone can learn them and assess the scale of the tragedy of the past years. The exhibition will last at the National Archives for a week.
Marat ABSEMITOV, DIRECTOR GENERAL, NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF KAZAKHSTAN:
For the first in 70-100 years, the unique documents became publicly available. Looking at these documents, we can see the greatness of our nation, and Kazakhstan. There are also documents of deported and repressed peoples. The largest number belongs to Greek diaspora. There are documents of Greeks, French, Spanish, Estonians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Crimean Tatars, Ingush, and Chechens.
Azamat Bazenov is the grandson of the repressed. After many years of searches, he found archival file of his grandfather Bazen Makhmetov, who had been convicted of counter-revolutionary nationalist agitation.
Azamat BAZENOV, GRANDSON OF REPRESSED:
He was a Council Secretary, as well as intelligent and educated person. He was executed in September 1937. At that time he was only 32 years old. I found his case with all the details as it happened. But there is no place of burial. We would like to find it.
In the period from 1921 to 1954 years, about 100 thousand people were convicted in Kazakhstan. 25 thousand of them have been sentenced to capital punishment – execution by shooting.