Digging Up Mongolia’s Past ALAN SANDERS 1 email@example.com ABSTRACT The process of rehabilitating the victims of Mongolia’s political purges of the 1930s and compensating their children and grandchildren continues, but from time to time more remains of victims are found. The successor of the security organisation that was the instrument of their ‘repression’ is required to assist in the process of their identification and rehabilitation, but has not been able to rid itself of all the bad practices of its past. Keywords: Mongolia, repression, purges, rehabilitation. INTRODUCTION In October 2006, Mongolians received a new reminder of the injustices their parents and grandparents suffered during the communist era 70 years ago. A quarrying company’s excavator turned up the bones of over 300 people at Khambyn Ovoo (Lama’s Cairn), on the outskirts of Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar. This was the third time in five years that an unrecorded burial ground had been discovered in the same area containing hundreds of victims of the political purges of the 1930s. 2 More than 35,000 people – the exact figure is uncertain – were arrested in those years on false charges of conspiracy against the ruling Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) – a
Inner Asia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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