Soviet Studies

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IDFI Organized Public Lecture on Discovering Mass Execution Sites and Exhuming the Remains

On April 25, 2014, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), in partnership with the Archive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Institute of National Remembrance of Poland (IPN)  conducted the public lecture. 

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Demonstration to honor the memory of victims of 1937-38 Stalin repressions

On December 21, on the birthdate of Joseph Stalin, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information organized symbolic demonstration to honor the memory of victims of 1937-38 Stalin repressions. Demonstration was organized spontaneously and organizers exhibited photos, letters, memoirs and other materials of the victims of repressions on Rustaveli Avenue, in front of the former parliament building. Citizens, who attended the demonstration, read the lists of the represses persons.

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Discussion of IDFI and DVV International on “Generation 1989”

On November 11, office of dvv International hosted the discussion Generation 1989. The meeting was a joint endeavor of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information and dvv International. The discussion aimed at enhancing the public interest towards this issue and supporting the start of analysis of the events taking place back then. Speakers of the discussion were film critic Gogi Gvakharia and Philologist, member of New Rights party Pikria Chikhradze. The hi

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Cooperation between Institute of National Remembrance - National Remembrance Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN) and Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)

On October 28th, 2013 the Institute of National Remembrance - Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (IPN) sent official letter to Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) regarding cooperation in work on assembling a list of victims of the communist regime, exchange of bibliographic information, determining the burial sites of the victims and archive researches on totalitarian studies and Stalinism. The delegation of IPN Archival Department

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Past Legacy of a New State

IDFI is working on a new project that intends to analyze the events that took place in 1989-1991 in Georgia. The project - Past Legacy of a New State - is being implemented with the financial support of dvv international. Even 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union the last years of the existence of USSR and the first years of the independence of Georgia practically have not been researched. The topic does not find adequate coverage in school textbooks and sci

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Exhibition of Stalin Lists in Rustavi

On 14 February 2013 an exhibition prepared by IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information) was opened in the Rustavi Historical Museum - 1937-1938 Repressions: Stalins Lists on Georgia Unique documental and photo materials reflecting the tragic events of 1937-1938 Georgia were presented on the exhibit. The materials were acquired by IDFI in the archives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, its Analytic Department, the Georgian Memorial Society and the family ar

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Soganlughi - A Place of Mass Executions

One of the most painful pages of the history of our country is the “Great Terror” of 1937-1938. The repressions of 1930’s affected tens of thousands Georgians and barely was a family left not touched by this tragedy. The highest sentence for the convicts – death by shooting – was executed in several cities: Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, and Sokhumi.

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Archival Documents published on IDFI s web-site

On March 25th at the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation the IDFI unveiled to the public collection of archival documents, related to the Events of March 5-9, 1956 occurred in Georgia. The project was financed by the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia and supported by the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Project was carried out by the IDFI expert team in cooperation with the Archive Administration of the MIA of Georgia. Direct

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Presentation of the Project - Collection of Archival Documents

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information will conduct a presentation of the Project- Collection of Archival Documents. Project Publishing of the Collection of Archival Documents related to the Events of March 5-9, 1956 was financed by the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia and supported by the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Project was carried out by the IDFI experts team in cooperation with the Archive Administration of the MIA of Georgia.

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Presentation of the Project Publishing of Collection of Archival Documents

On November 9th, 2010 IDFI organized a presentation of the Project Publishing of the Collection of Archival Documents (financed by the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia) at the 2nd Department of the Archive Administration of the Ministry of Interior of Georgia (former Archive of the Central Committee of Communist Party of Georgia). His Excellency, Gnther Bchler, Ambassador of Switzerland to Georgia,Deputy Head of the Mission Dr. Anita Schlchter Roth and the Director of the Heinrich B