Solovetsky Stone

A monument located in Lubyanka Square in Moscow, across from KGB headquarters

Monument commemorating the victims of the political oppression in the USSR
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The monument consists of a large stone brought from the Solovetsky Islands, the location of Solovki prison camp, part of the Soviet Gulag system.

The Solovetsky Stone in Moscow
pinterest button The Solovetsky Stone in Moscow Leoboudv, CC BY-SA 2.0

According to the Russian NGO Memorial, the monument was erected on 30 October 1990 to commemorate a 1974 initiative by political prisoners to establish a «Day of Political Prisoners in the USSR.»

“Opening of monument to victims of political repressions”.  Lubyanskaya Square, Moscow, on October 30, 1990
pinterest button “Opening of monument to victims of political repressions”. Lubyanskaya Square, Moscow, on October 30, 1990 Alexander Makarov, CC BY-SA 3.0

In 1991, the Supreme Soviet of Russia officially established 30 October as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions.

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Solovetsky Stone
Russian: Соловецкий камень

Saint Petersburg Solovetsky Stone

Another Solovetsky Stone was erected in the public garden on Troitskaya Square in Saint Petersburg in 2002.

It was designed by Yevgeny Ukhnalyov and is officially known as the Memorial to the Victim of Political Repressions in Petrograd - Leningrad. T

he monument is a 10-tonne granite boulder taken 50 meters from the place of mass executions of the prisoners of the Solovki prison camp.

The rock is set on a polished granite base with inscriptions "To prisoners of GULAG", "To victims of Communist Terror", "To Freedom Fighters" and a line from the "Requiem" poem of Anna Akhmatova: "I wish to call all of them by name, but ..." (Хотелось бы всех поименно назвать...)

The monument was unveiled on 4 September 2002 in preparation for celebrations of 300 years of Saint Petersburg. According to Solvki Encyclopedia Ukhnalyov and the architect of the memorial, State Duma deputy Yuly Rybakov, paid all the expenses personally including the transportation of the 10,400 kg boulder from the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea.

The Saint Petersburg city administration would not help finance the memorial despite significant budget allocated to celebrate the tercentenary of the city.