Stalin’s death did not mean the end of the regime’s crimes. 1956 was the year in which many of the Siberian exiles and Gulag prisoners started returning to Estonia. The return home was not without problems. For one thing, they were not to get their homes back and even faced obstacles returning to their hometowns. In many cases, this was not even possible, possessions had been scattered and redistributed. For the most part, relatives gave the returnees a roof over their head, as the deportees could not move back into their own homes. Although the deportees and political prisoners were released, they remained under KGB scrutiny practically until the end of Soviet rule. They continued to be regarded as an anti-Soviet element. They remained on file in the “register of sins” that could be used against them if needed.
THE FILE ON ONE DEPORTEE. 1949-1954.
(NATIONAL ARCHIVE. PHOTO FROM THE ARCHIVE. EIHR)
EXCERPTS FROM THE LEGISLATION OF THE ESSR SUPREME COUNCIL PRESIDIUM.1963.(NATIONAL ARCHIVE)
SCOPE OF BORDER ZONE IN THE MAINLAND PART OF ESTONIAN SSR. 1967. (REPRODUCTION)
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