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.

Memory of the victims of the political repressions unites and reconciles the Russian society, strengthens the sense of responsibility for oneself and the State.
The “Immortalization of the victims of the political repressions” Fund (in abbreviated form, the Memory Fund) was registered on 18 April 2016 as part of the implementation of the State Politics Concept of the immortalization of the memory of the political repressions’ victims approved by the Government of the Russian Federation on 15 August 2015.

Mission

Preservation of the memory of the victims of the political repression.

Principal goal

The Fund considers as its main goal the support of educational programs, research projects and events series dedicated to the immortalization of the memory of the victim of political repression.

Support

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

The Council

The main governance body of the Fund is the Council of the Fund which collegially decides on the functioning of the Fund. The decisions taken are implemented by the Director. The Board of Trustees exercises supervisory authority and is responsible for raising funds.

Areas of work

  • support of the activities of the GULAG History Museum
  • support of the victims of political repression
  • museumification and memorialization of locations related to the history of political repression
  • creation, development and support of memory museums and memory centres
  • production of educational content, such as documentary and feature films, plays and exhibitions
  • support of research and educational projects and events
  • design and impleme

“The Wall of Grief”

The first project of the Fund was the construction of “The Wall of Grief” -  a national monument in honour of victims of political repression.

The monument was inaugurated in Moscow at the intersection of the Akademika Sakharova avenue and the Garden Ring on 30 October 2017. The erection of the monument was undertaken in accordance with the Decree of the President of Russia of 30 September 2015 №487 «On the construction of the memorial dedicated to victims of 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)

Сonstructed with the state funding and popular donations according to the project of sculptor Georgy Vartanovich Frangulian, the monument consists of a wall with several arches composed from contours of numerous human figures which symbolize the people who died as victims of repression.

Council of the Memory Fund
Mikhail Petrovich Fedotov
Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Сhairman of the President’s 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’s Council
Natalia Dmitrievna Solzhenitsyna
President of the Russian Charitable Foundation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Elena Borisovna Zhemkova
Executive Director of the “Memorial” society Board
Alexander Alexandrovich Svetakov
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Absolut” Investment Group
Sergey Alexandrovich Karaganov
Honorary Chairman of the Bureaus’ Council on Foreign and Defense affairs
Pavel Semionovich Lungin
Film director
Sergey Alexandrovich Kapkov
Head of the Research Centre on culture economics and city development of the Faculty of Economics (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
Roman Vladimirovich Romanov
Director of the Fund, director of the GULAG History Museum