Commemoration Day of Victims of Genocide Against the Latvian People by the Totalitarian Communist Regime in Latvia Date in the current year: December 3, 2017

Commemoration Day of Victims of Genocide Against the Latvian People by the Totalitarian Communist Regime in Latvia Commemoration Day of Victims of Genocide Against the Latvian People by the Totalitarian Communist Regime is a memorial day in Latvia, that is annually observed on the first Sunday in December. This memorial day was initiated by the Eastern Latvian Society and it was approved by the government of Latvia in 1998.

The mass repressions began against the Latvian people in 1937. Before that the USSR People's Commissar of Internal Affairs Nikolay Yezhov had sent orders to collect, verify and report the following information about Latvian official authorities and organizations active in the republic. This event started an ethnic cleansing, that lasted till 1938.

Estimated 20,000-70,000 Latvians living on the territory of Russia were killed. The same cleansing took place on the territory of Latvia itself, at least 22,000 were arrested and over 70% of them shot.

In 1998 the government of Latvia established the memorial day for the victims of the genocide organized by the Communist regime in 1937-1938.

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Anniversaries and Memorial Days

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Latvia

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