Branch of International Memorial Society opens in Czech Republic

posted 17 Oct 2016, 07:16 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Oct 2016, 07:17 ]
10 October 2016


The official Czech branch of Memorial brings together civil society activists and researchers into repressive communist regimes.

As reported by news portal, an official branch of the International Memorial Society (full-name: International Historical-Educational, Charitable, and Human Rights Society ‘Memorial’) has opened in the Czech Republic. The International Memorial Society has received widespread recognition in Russia as well as abroad.

The International Memorial Society’s main objectives are the filling of gaps in history, and the education and the defence of society from inaccurate historical myths. The organisation’s members fight for the historian’s open access to archives and freedom to conduct research.

The Czech branch’s founders are Nela Srstkova (Gulag Online); Stepan Cernousek (; Adam Hradilek (Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, ÚSTR); Maria Sereda (Prague Civil Society Centre); and Michaela Stoilova, a Russia specialist.

‘The Czech branch of Memorial has brought together people who have long collaborated with the main organisation. We will continue to do that which we did before—for instance, the project, which is dedicated to the study of the repression of Czechoslovak citizens in the USSR and of protests in the USSR against the 1968 intervention. Having an official branch [in the Czech Republic] will make the exchange of information and collaboration easier. Moreover, we will promote Memorial’s activities in Russia,’ Russia specialist, publicist, and chairman Stepan Cernousek told news portal

The Czech branch of Memorial aims to bring together researchers of the repressive communist system; facilitate collaboration between Russian and Czech partners; and assist other projects and organisations whose activities are consistent with Memorial’s mission.

The Czech branch of Memorial can be found on Facebook:

Translated by Lincoln Pigman