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The Survivors

THE SURVIVORS — memories of victims of mass repression in the form of graphic novels. This project builds awareness of tragic events in the history of Russia among the youth, enabling them to feel the pain and horror of those unjust times so that everyone could see how important it is to prevent this from happening again.

The protagonists of these graphic novels are the people whose stories are told through the new permanent exhibition of the GULAG History Museum. Their memories were illustrated by four illustrators.

This project was developed by the GULAG History Museum in cooperation with the BBDO Moscow creative agency and launched with support from the Memory Fund and the funds gathered at Planeta.ru crowdfunding platform Planeta.ru.

The illustrators of the stories are Konstantin Chirkov (BBDO), Dmitry Osetrov (BBDO), Eldar Selimov (BBDO), Anastasia Danilova (Picomatic) and Sofia Elovikova (Picomatic). In addition to the illustrations, the collection includes brief biographies of the characters and links to video interviews with them, as well as statistics and key information about the era of repression.

The Museum's Director, Roman Romanov about the project: