The museum's exhibition features a reading of the 40,000 names of the victims of mass repressions. The public reading is an act of remembrance to ensure that the repressions are not forgotten.
In the 27 years while Gulag was in operation, approximately 20,000,000 people were sent to labour camps and prisons. Over 5,000,000 people were victims of political repressions. The GULAG History Museum and the Memory Fund have started to publicise the names of rehabilitated victims of repressions.
Only a third of all rehabilitated Gulag victims have so far been included in the list prepared by the Memorial Society. But to read out all of these 3.5 million names, you already need to spend over two years, non-stop.
The GULAG History Museum falls into the category of a memorial museum, due to its subject matter, mission and historical background. It is intended to be public space that exposes, studies and brings to light the problems related to the history of mass repressions, forced labour, and lack of political freedom in the USSR.
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