Embassy of the Republic of Moldova
to the United States of America
Washington Chisinau
Page visited 178 times
Site visited by 1438741 persons
Site used by 16 persons
Site accessed 2595 times

Embassy news


The presidential press service has made available to MOLDPRES a statement by acting President Mihai Ghimpu on the International Day of the Victims of Communism. The statement says: "On 7 November the whole Soviet Union and socialist countries celebrated "The Great October Revolution". In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed and in 2003, following an initiative by the famous Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovskiy, 7 November became the International Day of the Victims of Communism - "Memento Gulag", dedicated to the memory of hundreds million victims of the communist regimes. "Memento Gulag" means regaining memory. To speak about Gulag and the horrors of the soviet occupation means to continue the fight against communism, fight which is not over. As Vladimir Bukovskiy noted, the things that could not be fulfilled juridically, can be done by memento, by the power of the memory. The efforts of the international community did not stop here. On 23 August 2003 the European Parliament adopted a Declaration proclaiming 23 August the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, because the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed on 23 August 1939. Nowadays, Europe commemorates this day of ill-fated consequences: the start of the World War II, the Holocaust, occupation and split territories, massacres and mass deportations, the sovietization of the Eastern and Central Europe, the concentration camps and communist prisons. On 2 July 2009, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) adopted in Vilnius a resolution entitled:"Reunification of the divided Europe: promotion of human rights and civil freedoms in the OSCE area in the 21st century." The OSCE document convicts and equates Communism to Nazism, both of them being the facades of the same totalitarian phenomenon. It was an important step towards supporting the resolution by the European Parliament from July 2008. The Resolution asks member states "to further study the totalitarian legacy, to make it available to the people, to develop and to enhance educational programmes on the history of totalitarianism", "to back the non-governmental organizations which study the crimes of the totalitarian regimes, "and to make public political and historical archives." In line with these initiatives and international documents and given the needs of the Moldovan society - still affected by the soviet occupation that lasted form 28 June 1940 to 14 January 2010 - a commission in charge of studying and assessment the deeds by the communist regime in Moldova has been formed under a presidential decree. This was not an accidental initiative. The creation of the commission stemmed from the need to meet the requests of the civil and political society and to adopt an official position towards the totalitarian communist past. This commission is our feedback to the social movements defending the historical truth from the late 20th century and early 21st century. It is also an act of solidarity with the young people who protested on 6-7 April 2009 against the totalitarian violation of the right to free election and the right to free expression of ideas. In its conclusions and observations, the commission strongly supports the idea that from the beginning till its collapse, the totalitarian communist regime was a repressive, criminal, abusive, inhuman and illegitimate regime. I totally agree with this point of view. This presidential initiative has not been adopted so far, but we hope that after the parliamentary polls due on 28 November, we will unveil and adopt a report by this commission in the parliament. I believe it is time to settle our accounts with the totalitarian past and to think about future. We do not have the right to forget or to be indifferent. By learning and assuming the historical truth we will never let somebody doubt our right to a dignified and free life in a free, prosperous and democratic society. The International Day of the Victims of Communism, marked on 7 November, should be a day for us to ponder about our past, present and future. "Memento Gulag" is a warning and a call to awareness. Those who forget their history, tend to repeat it. Between a totalitarian past and a free future, I urge you to choose the future. By firmly advancing on this path, we will have more chances to succeed. There is no other path." Moldpres (Moldova state news agency)