A mobile exhibition on the history of Soviet repression opens in Nalchik

posted 17 Nov 2016, 09:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Nov 2016, 09:08 ]
11 November 2016

Source: HRO.org

Mikhail Fedotov, head of the presidential Council for Human Rights, has opened a mobile exhibition in Kabardino-Balkaria commemorating the victims of political repressions. The exhibition has been created by the Museum for the History of the GULAG.

Novaya gazeta writes: “The exhibition is travelling across the North Caucasus because this is the place of residence for many repressed peoples. We agreed upon the opening of the exhibition this summer. The first of the regions to respond was Kabardino-Balkaria. After Nalchik the exhibition is going to Cherkessk, Stavropol and Nazran,” said Mikhail Fedotov.

The exhibition tells the history of Soviet political repressions. A exhibition includes the winning design for the memorial for victims of political repressions which will be put up in Moscow at the junction of Sakharov Prospekt and the Garden Ring Road, as well as two works which received second and third places in the competition.

“This is the second town where the exhibition has been. The first was Ekaterinburg, where in February 2011 the Human Rights Council presented the president plans to commemorate the victims of political repressions, including the winning design for the memorial,” added Fedotov.

In October last year President Vladimir Putin signed a decree for the installation of a memorial in memory of the victims of political repressions in Moscow. Previously the Museum for the History of the GULAG had held a competition for a design for the memorial. The winning design is entitled “The Wall of Shame” by the artist Georgy Frangulyan.

The memorial is to be opened in the Russian capital on 20th October 2017.

Translated by Frances Robson