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12.02.2016 The Last Chance by Vladimir Nagli

On February 28, 2016, a memorial plaque (The Last Addresses) will be placed on the house at 38 Kolomenskaya Str. to commemorate Vladimir N. Nagli, Deputy Director of the theater in 1933-1936.  This address turned to be the last one for V.N. Nagli.  On October 20, 1938, he was arrested under a framed up case of participation in the rightist Trotsky-Zinoviev terrorist organization which had allegedly intended to assassinate the First Secretary of the Leningrad Regional and City Committee of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks A. Zhdanov.  Vladimir Nagli (36) was convicted to 8 years in camps.  Suffering of gastric ulcer, after 10 months in prison under investigation, he was considered fit for physical labor and marching to the penitentiary zone.  An occasional fellow prisoner George Zhzhenov described him as looking unhealthy in his memoirs; he had met Nagli when transported with his group under arrest to Kolyma. On October 6, 1940, a certificate of death was signed at Sevvostlag with the cause of death indicated as Froze to death on the way.  No other indications. In 1956, Vladimir Nagli was rehabilitated post-mortem.  Vladimir Naglis son Mikhail had also become a prominent theater figure, recollected how prior to repressions visitors to their spacious apartment were such actors as Nickolay Cherkasov, Vasily Merkuroev, Yuru Lavrov, Ekaterina Korchagina-Alexandrovskaya; how his  father would take him to Meyerholds rehearsals. 
The event will be taking place within the frame of The Last Address movement which emerged in 2013 in commemoration of people repressed in the 1930s.  There are 57 memorial signs already installed on 31 buildings in St. Petersburg.  These houses with small plaques of 11x19cm size include: Akhmatova Museum (the Fountain House) and Zoshchenko Museum.   Other cities also have such signs: one can see them in Moscow, the Moscow Region, Taganrog, Perm, Tver, Maloyaroslavets, Buy, the Perm Region, and the Nizhny Novgorod Region.  

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