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

The Fund called “Memorializing Victims of the Political Repression” (the Memory Fund is its abbreviated form) was registered on 18 April 2016 as part of the implementation of the State policy concept on the memorializing victims of the political repression approved by the Government of the Russian Federation on 15 August 2015.

Mission

Preservation of the memory of victims of political repression.

Principal goal

The Fund’s principal goal is supporting educational programs, research projects, and series of events aimed at the memorialization of victims of political repression.

Support

The Fund accumulates private and corporate donations in the form of money or other kinds of property.

The Council

The Fund’s main governing body is the Fund Council which collegially decides on the Fund activities. The decisions taken are implemented by the Fund Director. The Board of Trustees functions as a supervisory body and is responsible for fundraising.

Areas of work

  • supporting the activities of the GULAG History Museum

  • supporting victims of the political repression

  • museumifying and memorializing facilities related to the history of the political repression

  • creating, developing, and supporting memory museums and memorial centers

  • producing educational content, such as documentary and feature films, plays, and exhibitions

  • supporting research and educational projects as well as events

  • designing and implementing multimedia projects, creating the collection of historical data on the epoch

  • implementing publishing program

“The Wall of Grief”

The first project of the Fund was the construction of The Wall of Grief, a national monument honoring victims of the political repression. The monument was inaugurated on 30 October 2017 in Moscow at the intersection of the Akademika Sakharova Avenue and the Garden Ring in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 30 September 2015 №487 On the construction of the memorial dedicated to victims of the political repression.

“The Wall of Grief” monument on the Akademika Sakharova avenue (Moscow, Russia)
“The Wall of Grief” monument on the Akademika Sakharova avenue (Moscow, Russia)

The monument funded by the State and public donations and built according to the project of the sculptor Georgy Vartanovich Frangulyan consists of a wall with several arches comprised of numerous human figures which symbolize victims of the repression.

Council of the Memory Fund
Mikhail Petrovich Fedotov
Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Сhairman of the Presidential Сouncil for Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Memory Fund.
Vladimir Petrovich Lukin
Member of the Federation Council, Chairman of the Memory Fund Council.
Natalia Dmitrievna Solzhenitsyna
President of the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Russian Charitable Foundation.
Elena Borisovna Zhemkova
Executive Director of the Board of the Memorial Society.
Alexander Alexandrovich Svetakov
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Absolut Investment Group.
Sergey Alexandrovich Karaganov
Honorary Chairman of the Bureau of the Council of Foreign and Defense Policy.
Pavel Semionovich Lungin
Film director.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kapkov
Head of the Research Center on Economics of Culture and Urban Development of the Faculty of Economics (the Moscow State University).
Roman Vladimirovich Romanov
Head of the Fund, Director of the GULAG History Museum.