President Victor Yushchenko on Friday sent a letter to the participants of memorial events to honor the victims of the Great Terror of 1937-1938 in Sandomorokh in the Republic of Karelia (Russia), according to the President`s press-office.

“We share the pain of each nation whose sons and daughters were the victims of the totalitarian regime,” he said and added that the tragedy had affected not only Ukraine but also Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and other Soviet republics. “In the history of Ukraine, the memory of the Solovki is sacred.” 

Yushchenko said hundreds of prominent Ukrainian scholars, artists and religious leaders had been “tortured to death” in Sandomorokh.

“We must spare no effort to ensure that posterity never forgets these tragic pages of our shared history. The totalitarian crimes must be condemned.”