On August 5, 1937, the USSR started the implementation of the secret operational order of the NKVD No. 00447 "On the repression of former kulaks, criminals and other anti-Soviet elements", approved by the Politburo of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks on July 31, 1937. In fact, on this day, one of the most large-scale and bloody repressive campaigns of the Soviet government started. The number of its victims is estimated at hundreds of thousands of people. In Kiev and the region, according to historians, the notorious order subjected to implementation even earlier - as early as August 3, 1937.
The National Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnya informs that from June 5 (Friday) 2020, visitors are allowed to enter the reserve, provided that sanitary requirements are met. In particular, entry into the reserve without a mask is prohibited. We also ask you to observe social distance. Excursion services will not be provided until the quarantine is canceled.
As always, on the third Sunday of May, Ukraine paid tribute to the victims of political repression. However, this year events in Bykivna took place in the face of new challenges. And yet, given the restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19, Graves of Bykivnya again became the main venue for mourning celebrations.