The names of over 22,000 people who never returned home are inscribed on the name plaques of the Journey, symbolising the merciless power of the totalitarian system. They were murdered or died due to inhuman living conditions in imprisonment or forced resettlement and the remains of many of them are in unnamed graves in unknown locations.
The murder, imprisonment or deportation of tens of thousands of Estonian people in the 1940s and 1950s constitute genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity with no statutory limitation. On 18 June 2002, the Estonian Parliament declared the Soviet Union’s communist regime, the organs that violently implemented it, and the actions of those organs to be criminal.
You can peruse information in the Memorial’s database on individuals who have suffered under the communist terror via the search window and you will find instructions for how to find the names of victims on the name plaques.