The HRC reported a shortage of 160 million rubles for the memorial to victims of political repression
For the erection of a memorial to victims of political repression in Moscow, which late last year ordered the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the lack of more than 160 million rubles. As the head of Council under RF President on development of civil society and human rights Mikhail Fedotov, the financing of the government of Moscow was not enough, reports TASS.
“Now we are talking about how to collect the missing money to make this memorial a reality. Part of the money was provided by the government of Moscow, the total amount of the memorial, its estimated cost somewhat more mildly than was allocated by the government of Moscow, and for us it is very important to collect these missing money,” – said Fedotov.
According to him, currently, for the erection of a monument it is necessary to collect more than 160 million rubles. “If we succeed, and I hope we will be able to collect over $ 160 million, then these funds will go to support the museums of memory of victims of political repression, to work with archives, to work on the memorialization of mass graves”, – added Fedotov.
The widow of writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn Natalia, in turn, expressed the hope that the erection of a monument to the memory of victims of political repression will serve as the beginning of the end of social discord arising from differences in assessments of the country’s past.
“Now the society is not United. It is, I would even say, a split in the evaluation of our past. I really hope that this monument will play a major role in the reconciliation of society,” she said.
In her words, “reconciliation is impossible on the basis of forgetfulness, unity cannot be achieved in this way”. “You need to know, to forget, to clearly condemn the repression and after that you can each other to forgive,” added Solzhenitsyn.
Monument to victims of political repression created by the “Wall of sorrow” by sculptor Georgy Frangulyan. The monument is a large bronze bas-relief in 32 metres long and six metres high, depicting human figures, symbolizing the survivors and the departed. The planes will be dealt one word – “Remember” – in different languages. It is complemented with a granite composition, which figuratively refer to the dungeons and levels, and the area you plan to tile, including the composition of the stones from the prison of the repressed.
In the winter of last year, the Commission on monumental art at Moscow city Duma endorsed the idea of the monument to victims of political repression. The alleged place of its location – the intersection of the inner side of Sadovaya-Spasskaya street with the Sakharov Avenue.