Today February 21, is the day of my father's General Petro Grigorenko death.
Petro Grigorenko is one of the pioneers of the Movement for Human Rights in the defunct USSR. It became widely known in the mid-1960s. His brochure about the initial period of the Soviet-German clash during World War II dealt one of the first blows to the communist legend about the "peace-loving" USSR and the so-called "treacherous attack" of the Nazis on the "peaceful" USSR.
The late general did a lot for the rights of discriminated national and religious minorities. He is especially well known as a defender of the rights of deported peoples to repatriation and his memory is dear to many, especially to the Crimean Tatar people.
The general has been twice imprisoned and finally stripped of his Soviet citizenship, spent the last ten years in exile, where until the last day he continued the noble cause of defending human rights. A tireless publicist, he published a number of works, many of which have been translated into many languages. His autobiographical book "Only rats can be found in the underground" (in English translation the title of the book is "Memoirs") became especially popular.
Staying true to his motherland Ukraine, the late general never forgot about the pain of the discriminated against, setting an example of genuine, not ostentatious, internationalism.