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«Survivors»

"Survivors" is a collection of the graphic novels which are based on true stories of the GULAG’s former prisoners. The project aims to create knowledge about tragic events in the country's history among young people, reveal pain and horror of the injustice, so that everyone can understand how important it is for the retention of historical memory.

The GULAG History State Museum has collected former prisoners’ stories andtold them in the language of graphic novels. The main characters are people whose lifestory was showed in the new permanent exhibition at the GULAG History State Museum, which opened in December 2018. Among them: ElenaMarkova, who spent 11 years in the camps; Yulia Pashayeva, whose parents were shot there; Inna Zhelezovskaya is the daughter of an accountant who died in the camp; Vladimir Kazarinov is the son of a geologist who was shot in 1937 there.

The project was created by the GULAG History State Museum in collaborationwith the creative agency BBDO Moscow and implemented with the support ofthe Memory Fund raised through the crowdfunding platform Planeta.ru.

The stories were illustrated by: 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: