Irina Flige is a historian and Director of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg. For the last 30 years, “Memorial” has researched the history of state terror and repression in the Soviet Union. In 2012, the RIC "Memorial" won the Freedom of Expression award, awarded by the Index on Censorship.
The Centre collects witness records, memorialises the Gulag, documents mass burial sites, runs educational initiatives and, ever more important in recent years, makes its comprehensive archive accessible in electronic form.
Civil society in Russia today is under unprecedented pressure and protest has once again become a dangerous activity. The authorities are systematically persecuting their opponents, using arbitrarily applied and controversial legislation. NGOs that receive grants from abroad run the risk of being vilified as “foreign agents”, and the right to freedom of assembly is curtailed .
Flige will be talking about her experience of running "Memorial" in St Petersburg, and outline their activities, the difficulties they face, and their successes.
In Russian with English translation. This is joint event of Pushkin Club and Rights in Russia and all are welcome.