LPDM demand public condemnation of stalinist deportations

The opposition Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM) is demanding that the Moldovan Communist authorities must publicly condemn the mass-scale deportations of Moldova residents by the Soviet communist regime.
INFOTAG, 3 July 2009, 18:19

Chisinau, July 3 ( INFOTAG ). LDPM First Deputy Chairman Mihai Godea said at a news conference, this July 6 will mark the 60th anniversary of the second wave of Stalinist deportations, when some 11 thousand Moldovans were thrown out of their homes and forcibly sent to Siberia, Central Asia and other parts of the Soviet Union. The first wave took place in 1941 shortly after Moldova had become a part of the Soviet Union in accordance with the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. And the 3rd wave was in 1951.

Godea stated, "Among the forcibly displaced thousands were the relatives of our incumbent Prime Minister Zinaida Grechanaya [she was born in 1953 in the Tomsk oblast (region) of Russia's Siberia to a deported Moldovan family]. That was why I felt so uneasy when, in parliament, deputy Hotineanu proposed to venerate the memory of deportation victims with a minute of silence, and when Mrs. Grechanaya did not even raise from her chair".

The Liberal Democrats presume that ever since 1941, the rights of Moldovan deportation victims have been constantly infringed on, though most of the people have been subsequently rehabilitated by law.

Godea condemned the central authorities for their decision to lay the burden of repaying compensations to such people on regional administrations, whose financial possibilities are very limited. He demanded that these compensations must be provided directly by the Government of Moldova.