Kirsan Ilyumzhinov addresses people of Kalmykia

74 years have passed since one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the Kalmyk people was opened in the early December morning. December 28 is a day of national mourning, an eternal reminder of the Stalinist genocide.

People of Kalmykia had to endure thirteen long years of suffering and hardship. Thousands of innocent lives were swept away by forced exile to Siberia. There is not a single family in the Republic that did not suffer loss in those terrible days of unbearable pain and anguish.

During the years of Stalin's exile, the Kalmyk people lost a third of their population. But despite all adversity, they managed to survive and maintain their national dignity and hope for justice.
We will never forget those, who suffered from the cruelty of the Stalinist regime and fell victim to the criminal deportation of the Kalmyk people. Blessed be the memory of those who died!