The Orthodox Church of Moldova has issued the following news concerning the commemoration of the victims of the Stalinist deportations in its dioceses:
“For the attention of the clergy and the faithful: Bearing in mind the special importance of the commemoration of the victims of the Stalinist deportations, the blessing is given so that in all the holy churches located on the territory of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, the bells will be rung on July 6, 2018 between 10 am and 10:10 am, and that a requiem prayer service will be served for those who died as a result of the Stalinist deportations, and also for all those who lost their lives in Communist prisons. By decision of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, the victims of the Stalinist deportations will be commemorated on July 6, and this day has been declared a day of national mourning. In all the localities of the country, the flags will be half-masted, and a minute of silence will be observed at 10 am. At present, about 8,000 former deportees still live in the Republic of Moldova”.
According to Valentina Sturza, president of the Association of Former Political Prisoners Deportees, the number of deportees from Moldova exceeds the figure of 94,700. There were three waves of Stalinist deportations: June 1941, July 1949, and April 1951.