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VLADIMIR NAUMOV IN U.S. AS USIA INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
Washington, D.C. Alexander Yakovlev, prominent Russian political figure and Chairman of the Russian Presidential Commission for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression, and Vladimir Naumov, his Deputy, are in Washington to participate in the U. S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program and by invitation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
Mr. Yakovlev and Mr. Naumov are participating in USHMM
meetings and lectures this week.
Mr. Yakovlev currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russian Public Television Company, and President of the International Democracy Foundation. He has figured prominently in the last decades of Soviet and Russian political history. In his 13-year career with the Central Committee of the Communist Party he developed a reputation as a reformer, and was then sent into political exile in 1973 as Ambassador to Canada. In 1983 he returned to Moscow as an advisor to President Gorbachev. Since becoming head of the Commission for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression in 1992, he has uncovered evidence of abuses by Soviet leaders and worked to rehabilitate victims of purges. He also secured copies of Russian archival documents pertaining to the Holocaust for the USHMM. As President of the International Democracy Foundation, he is supervising the editing and printing of Soviet historical archives.
Mr. Naumov is a professional historian and archivist who has studied repression in the Soviet Union for 15 years. Before the creation of the Commission for Rehabilitation, he was already researching Soviet archives for the truth about the purges of the 1930s and 1940s. He was a major contributor to a book on political repression, published in 1991, and his work with the Commission for Rehabilitation has produced five collections of historical documents dealing with repressions.
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