May 30 in Kazakhstan is a Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repressions and Mass Hunger of the 1930s.

           I bow my head to the innocently lost and injured our compatriots.

           This day is important for rethinking our history.

           The main lesson of those events, I believe, is the recognition of the perniciousness of totalitarianism for society.

           It is impossible to live in an atmosphere of universal “approval” (“odobryamsa”) and lysobylism. You cannot think of anyone who thinks otherwise, an enemy of the people. You cannot destroy the opposition, either morally or physically. You cannot pinch freedom.

          Otherwise, there will be denunciations, arrests, fast courts, confession under torture, fear, mistrust, camps, death.

          Here is the main lesson that we must remember.

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