In 2016, after the raider seizure of the Perm-36 Public Museum, the autonomous non-profit organization “Perm-36 Memorial Center for the History of Political Repressions”, which created it, lost the opportunity to perform its statutory functions in connection with the nationalization of the monument, was self-liquidated. But her work on studying the history of political repressions in the USSR, the history of the Gulag and the history of the Perm political camps was continued by the informal initiative group “Perm-36 Memorial Museum Center”.
The museum team developed and updated the databases “Prisoners of Perm political camps” and “Chronicle of extraordinary events of Perm political camps”. The books “Perm-36. Prehistory” and “Perm-36: Chronicle of New Repressions” were prepared and published, continuing the museum series “Topography of Terror – the History of Political Repressions”. The monograph “Perm Political Camps” has been written and is being prepared for publication.
As part of the Perm Civil Seasons project initiated by an informal group in 2017-2000. new exhibitions of the museum were created and presented to the public: “Perm political camps” (2017), “1968: the year that shook the world” (2018), “For our and your freedom” (2019), “GULAG and his Virgil” (2020).
In continuation of the traditions of the Pilorama International Civil Forum, discussions and round tables, premieres of performances and films, lectures and presentations of new publications, concerts of civil author’s songs and poetry readings occupied a significant place in the Seasons program.
Currently, the museum’s team in exile sees its mission in continuing to resist the growing repression against dissent in modern Russia, reviving the memory of civic dignity and freedom in the era of totalitarianism.
On photo: Performance “Memory” as part of the Civil Seasons “Perm Days of Memory” (28.10.2019)