Memory fund

The memory of the victims of political repression unites and reconciles Russian society, strengthens the sense of responsibility for oneself and the state.

The Fund “Perpetuating the Memory of Victims of Political Repression”, abbreviated as the Memory Fund, was registered on April 18, 2016 as part of the implementation of the State Policy Concept for Perpetuating the Memory of Victims of Political Repression, enacted by the Government of the Russian Federation on August 15, 2015.


Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression.

Primary objective

The Fund considers its main task to support educational programs, as well as research projects and events aimed at perpetuating the memory of victims of repression.


The Fund accumulates private and corporate donations in the form of cash, as well as other property.


The main management body of the Fund is the Fund Council, which collectively makes decisions on the activities of the Fund. The decisions made are implemented by the Fund Manager. The Board of Trustees of the Fund performs a supervisory function and is also responsible for raising funds.

Activities of the Memory Fund

  • support activities of the GULAG History State Museum
  • support victims of political repression
  • museumification of objects related to the history of repression
  • creation, development and support of memory museums and memorial centers
  • production of educational content, including documentaries and feature films, performances and exhibitions
  • support research and educational projects and events
  • development and implementation of multimedia projects, collection of historical data
  • publishing activities

Wall of Sorrow

The first project of the Fund was the erection of a nationwide monument to the victims of political repression "The Wall of Sorrow”.

The monument was opened in Moscow at the intersection of Academika Sakharova Prospekt and the Garden Ring on October 30, 2017 in accordance with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 30, 2015 No. 487 “On the construction of a memorial to victims of political repression”

Monument “Wall of Sorrow” on Akademika Sakharova Prospekt
Monument “Wall of Sorrow” on Akademika Sakharova Prospekt

The monument was created with state funds and public donations based on the project of sculptor G.V. Frangulyan It is a wall with several arches, composed of the outlines of numerous figures, symbolizing the victims of repression.

Council of the Memory Fund
Mikhail Fedotov
Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, President of the Board of Trustees of the Memory Fund
Vladimir Lukin
Member of the Federation Council, Chairman of the Council of the Memory Fund
Natalia Solzhenitsyn
President of the Russian Charitable Foundation Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Elena Zhemkova
Executive Director of the Board of the Society “Memorial”
Alexander Svetakov
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Investment Group “Absolut”
Sergey Karaganov
Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy
Pavel Lungin
Film director
Roman Romanov
Fund Manager - Director of the GULAG History Museum
Сергей Александрович Капков
Руководитель Центра исследований экономики культуры и городского развития Экономического факультета МГУ