Remembering (and Forgetting) Beslan

Remembering (and Forgetting) Beslan
David Frenkel
Special to the Russian Reader
September 9, 2015

On September 3, several dozen Petersburgers came to Malaya Sadovaya, a pedestrian street abutting the city’s main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospect, to remember the victims of the September 2004 Beslan school siege.

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Activists lit candles and rolled out a banner featuring photographs of 334 victims. People who attended the event placed flowers and water bottles in front of the improvised memorial.

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The number of people who came on purpose to remember the most devastating terrorist attack in Russian history was few. Most passersby who reacted to the memorial made scornful or indifferent comments such as “Again…” and “Ah, it’s Beslan.”

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Though the event had not been coordinated with the authorities, police did not interfere.

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Country of Victory, the Country’s Victory, the title of an open-air photo exhibition featuring portraits of Russian Olympic champions and Vladimir Putin, was visible behind the mourners.

All photos by and courtesy of David Frenkel

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Andrius Venclova: Old Salt

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Old Salt
An abandoned navigation station in the port of Lomonosov. The people who worked there made sure ships complied with maritimes rules and regulations. Signals for guiding and directing traffic at sea hung on its mast, and there were spotlights on its tower to illuminate and identify ships at night.

Photograph by Andrius Venclova, a Petersburg photographer who specializes in architecture and interior photos. His splendid work can be viewed on his website, as well as his Flickr page. My thanks to him for permission to reproduce this photograph on this weblog.