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I dig up skeletons of Stalin’s victims to provide households closure | Shut Up | Crimes In opposition to Humanity


“While you open a gravesite, the our bodies, how they’re organised, they inform the tales by themselves… they will inform us about how they disappeared, how they have been killed,” says forensic anthropologist Meri Gonashvili.

Gonashvili is a lady on a mission. By way of detective-like work, the younger Georgian anthropologist at Tbilisi State Medical College is hoping to establish victims executed by the Soviet secret police in the course of the Reign of Terror, also referred to as the Nice Purge of 1936-1938. The totalitarian marketing campaign led by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin focused anybody accused of plotting towards the state. Many odd residents have been exiled, imprisoned or executed.A minimum of 700,000 are estimated to have been executed all through the USSR together with some 15,000  in Soviet Georgia. “For this regime, human life didn’t have any worth,” says Meri as she reconstructs the skeleton of a sufferer shot within the head.

Most households by no means knew what occurred to their family members. However now, six mass graves containing the stays of individuals executed throughout Stalin’s Reign of Terror have been found in western Georgia. The households of the lacking have teamed up with Gonashvili and different consultants to search out and establish the victims of Stalin’s ruthless operation.

Will Meri be capable of establish among the victims who disappeared throughout Stalin’s Nice Purge and reunite their stays with their dwelling kin? Watch Georgia’s Lacking Folks by Robin Forestier-Walker to search out out.


A movie by: Robin Forestier-Walker

Producer: Nino Shonia

Cinematographer: Iago Gogilashvili

Editors: Robin Forestier-Walker, Antonia Perello

Sound Editor & Mixer: Linus Bergman

Senior Editor: Donald Cameron

Govt Producer: Tierney Bonini

Particular Thanks: Particular Thanks: Rustavi 2, IDFI & SovLab

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