An open letter to President Medvedev
08 Dec 2008

Memorial’s historical archive must be restored immediately. An open letter from Orlando Figes and some of the world’s leading academics

Dmitrii Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation
Valentina Matvienko, Governor of St Petersburg
Vladimir Lukin, Russian Federal Ombudsman for Human Rights
Rashid Nurgaliev, Minister of Internal Affairs
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Yuriy Chaika, General Public Prosecutor of Russian Federation
Vladimir Startsev, Public Prosecutor of Leningrad region,

5 December 2008

We, the 259 signatories of this letter, members of the worldwide scholarly community, wish to express our deep concern at the actions of members of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of St Petersburg on 4 December 2008 during a raid of the premises of the Research and Information Centre Memorial in St Petersburg, ul. Rubinshteina 23-105, which resulted in the confiscation of the Centre’s electronic archive.

RIC Memorial is renowned for its research into the history of repression under Stalin, the phenomenon of the Gulag and unofficial movements of the 1950s-1980s in the USSR. The staff of RIC Memorial helped to establish the fate of many thousands of people, citizens of the USSR and other countries, who fell victim to the repressions during the 1930s-1950s. Many of us know members of RIC Memorial’s staff in person or have used the organisation’s archive.

A total of eleven hard drives were confiscated. These drives hold several databases containing: biographical information on more than 50,000 victims of Stalinist repression; the results of the search for execution and burial sites of victims of repression (several hundred sites described or photographed); the photo collection (over 10,000 photographs) and accompanying textual material of the ‘Virtual Gulag Museum’, which is a unique online source linking more than one hundred local Russian museums. Also confiscated were the database to the oral history archive and an electronic collection of photographs, including scans of historic materials from private archives. What is more, the prosecutors took a hard drive and documents belonging to the art historian Aleksandr Margolis, a member of Memorial and the director of the International Charitable Foundation for the Renaissance of St. Petersburg-Leningrad, who is known for his commitment to the preservation of St Petersburg’s historic architecture.

The scholarly community fears the loss of a unique collection, which has been amassed over the course of more than twenty years of dedicated research. This collection is of priceless value for future generations of researchers in both Russia and the wider world and must not be compromised or destroyed.

We are dismayed at the way the results of scholarly research and researchers are being treated by the authorities of St Petersburg and urge you to take action to ensure the electronic archive is immediately returned to its rightful owners.

Yours sincerely,

Orlando Figes, FRSL
Professor of History
Birkbeck College
University of London

Catriona Kelly FBA
Professor of Russian,
Director, European Humanities Research Centre
University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Mary McAuley
University of Oxford, UK

Laura Engelstein,
Henry S. McNeil Professor of Russian History,
Department Chair, Department of History
Yale University, USA

Beth Holmgren
President, AAASS (2008)
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Duke University, USA

Sheila Fitzpatrick, D. Phil. (Oxon.),
Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Russian History,
University of Chicago, USA
Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities

William G. Rosenberg,
Alfred G. Meyer Collegiate Professor of History,
University of Michigan, USA
Past President, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studes

Istvan Rev
Professor of History, Central European University
Director, Open Society Archives

Malcolm V. Jones BA PhD,
Emeritus Professor of Russian and Slavonic Studies,
University of Nottingham, UK

Caroline Humphrey FBA
Professor of Asian Anthropology
Fellow of Kings College,
University of Cambridge, UK

Simon Franklin
Professor of Slavonic Studies,
University of Cambridge,
Lomonosov Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Alexandra Hrycak
President, American Association for Ukrainian Studies
Chair of the Department of Sociology,
Reed College (Portland, USA)

Sergei Bogatyrev,
Senior Lecturer in Early Russian History
Director, Centre for Russian Studies
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
University College London, UK

Antony Beevor FRSL
Visiting Professor
Birkbeck College, UK

Anne Applebaum,
Author of Gulag: A History,
Winner of 2004 Pulitzer prize

Simon Sebag Montefiore
Author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

Andrew Solomon
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
Winner of the National Book Award
Pulitzer Prize finalist
Writer, The New York Times, The New Yorker

Donna Tussing Orwin, Professor
Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
University of Toronto, Canada
President, Tolstoy Society
Recipent, Pushkin Medal for Promotion of Russian Literature and Language, 2007

John Elsworth, MA PhD,
Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester,
President of ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies)

Jehanne Gheith
Associate Professor and Chair,
Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Co-Director, International Comparative Studies
Duke University, USA

G.S. Smith, FBA,
Professor Emeritus of Russian,
University of Oxford, UK

Dr Barbara Heldt,
Professor Emeritus of Russian,
University of British Columbia, USA

Josephine von Zitzewitz, MA, MPhil
DPhil candidate in Russian literature
University of Oxford, UK

Geoffrey Hosking, FBA
Emeritus Professor of Russian History
University College London, UK

Anatoly M. Khazanov, FBA
Ernest Gellner Professor of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Dr Susan Morrissey,
School of Slavonic and East European Studies,
University College London, UK

Oleh S. Ilnytzkyj
Editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta, Canada

Stephen Wheatcroft
Professor of History
University of Melbourne

Dr. Kate Holland
Assistant Professor
Dept of Slavic Langs and Lits
Yale University, USA

Dr Philip Cavendish
Senior Lecturer in Russian Literature and Film
Russian Department

Dr Adi Kuntsman,
John Moores University
Liverpool, UK

Sara Dickinson
Associate Professor of Russian Literature and Culture
Università di Genova, Italy

Henryk Baran
Professor of Russian Literature
University at Albany, SUNY
Albany, NY 12222

Dr. Rolf Hellebust
Associate Professor in Russian Studies
University of Nottingham, UK

Andrea Romano
Associate Professor of Contemporary History
Universita’ di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy

Dr. David White
Lecturer in Politics
Centre for Russian and East European Studies
University of Birmingham, UK

Prof. Dr. Marko Snoj,
Head of the Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovene Language

Lyubov Kiseleva,
Professor of Russian Literature,
University of Tartu, Estonia,
Member of IAH (MAG)

Ostap Hawaleshka, C.M. (Order of Canada), D.Sc.(Hon), M.Eng., P.Eng.
Emeritus Professor (Industrial Engineering), University of Manitoba
Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Manitoba, Canada

Dr Olaf Mertelsmann,
Associate Professor in Contemporary History,
University of Tartu, Estonia

Stuart Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Russian
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA, USA

Jaroslav Rozumnyj Ph.D.
Professor (retired)
University of Manitoba, Canada
Honorary Professor
National University ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ (Ukraine)

Gabor Klaniczay,
Professor, Central European University,

David Shepherd (MA Oxon, PhD Manchester)
Professor of Russian
Director, Humanities Research Institute
University of Sheffield

Prof. Natalia Pylypiuk, PhD
President of the Canadian Association of Slavists (2000–04),
Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
University of Alberta, Canada

Johanna Bockman
Kluge Fellow, Library of Congress
Assistant Professor of Sociology, George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Professor Jörg Baberowski,
Humboldt University Berlin

Dr Harold Shukman,
Emeritus Fellow, St Antony’s Fellow,
Oxford University.

Dr. Samuel Niedermann
GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam

Manuel Ebert,
BSc Cognitive Science,
Fellow of the German National
Academic Foundation.

Sue-Ann Harding MA, BA, B.Mus, Dip.Ed, A.Mus.A
University of Manchester

John Schillinger
Emeritus Prof. of Russian
American University, Washington, DC
Past President AATSEEL (American Assn. of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages)

Robert A. Rothstein
Walter Raleigh Amesbury, Jr., and Cecile Dudley Amesbury Professor of Polish Language, Literature and Culture
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Secretary-Treasurer, American Committee of Slavists

Professor Julian Cooper
Centre for Russian and East European Studies
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK

Natalia Gorbanevskaya
Doctor honoris causa of Marie Lublin-Slodewska University, Lublin
Founder and editor of the ‘Chronicle of Current Events’

Prof. Kevin Tuite
Dept of Anthropology
Universite de Montreal, Canada

Karen Hewitt,
Honorary Professor, University of Perm,
Academic Exchange Officer for the St Antony’s Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre,
Tutor in Literature, Oxford University

Dr Sarah Young
Lecturer in Russian
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
University College London, UK

Jonathan Abraham
European University of St Petersburg

Kerstin Schulz
European University of St Petersburg

Olga Blyumin
European University of St Petersburg

Zoya Appel
European University of St Petersburg

Jarlath McGuckin
European University of St Petersburg

Adele Barker
Professor, Russian Studies
University of Arizona

Dr. Jenny Leigh Smith
Assistant Professor of History
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jehanne Gheith
Associate Professor and Chair, Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Co-Director, International Comparative Studies
Duke University, USA

Dr Hubertus Jahn
Clare College, Cambridge
Chair, Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies
University of Cambridge, UK

Dr Khatuna Gvaradze
Slavonic Department
University of Cambridge, UK

Dr Susan Morrissey
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
University College London, UK

Dr Philip Cavendish
Senior Lecturer in Russian Literature and Film

Prof. Iryna Bondarevska, Doctor Nauk,
Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics,
National University of ‘ Kyiv-Mohyla Academy ‘
Kyiv , Ukraine

Dr. Jenny Kaminer
Lecturer, Department of Russian & Slavonic Studies
University of Sheffield

Kimberly Marten
Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science
Barnard College, Columbia University, NY, USA

Dr Claudine Potvin
Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
University of Alberta, Canada

Isobel Grundy, D.Phil.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Tomas Venclova
Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale, USA
Doctor honoris causa of Lublin, Krakow and Torun Universities
Winner of the prize ‘Baltic Star’ (St. Petersburg, 2008)

Robert Chandler,
Poet and Translator

Norman M. Naimark
Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies
Stanford University, USA

Philip G. Cerny, PhD
Professor of Global Affairs
Rutgers University, USA
Professor Emeritus of Government
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Alexander J. Motyl, Professor of Political Science
Rutgers University-Newark, USA

Prof. Jeffrey Brooks
Professor of Russian History
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, USA

Grace Morsberger
PhD Slavic Languages and Literatures,
UC Berkeley, USA

Dr Catherine Andreyev,
Christ Church, Oxford

Irene Sywenky, PhD
Graduate Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Comparative Literature / Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Dr. Katja Richters
School of Slavonic & East European Studies
University of London, UK

Brian Gold, (M.A. Harvard)
Professor, Dept. of History & Classics
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr Rachel Platonov
Lecturer in Russian Studies
University of Manchester, UK

David Holloway
Raymond A. Spruance Professor in International History
Stanford University

Victor M. Pergamenshchik
Professor, Ph. D and Dr. Sci.

Dmitri Glinski
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Political Science Department /
Lecturer, School of Continuing Education
Columbia University

Boris Kolonitskii
Senior research fellow,
St. Petersburg Institute of history,
Russian Academy of Sciences
Professor, European University in St.-Petersburg.

Marian Schwartz, M.A.
Past President, American Literary Translators Association

Cathy Popkin
Jesse and George Siegel Professor in the Humanities
Professor of Russian
Columbia University

Tom Priestly
Prof. Emeritus
Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
University of Alberta

Stanley Mitchell,
Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics,
University of Derby,
Honorary Senior Research Fellow,
University College, London

Otto Boele
Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages
University of Leiden

Alexander Zholkovsky,
Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature,
University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

Mark Conliffe (PhD),
Associate Professor of Russian
Willamette University
Salem, Oregon, USA

Olga Maiorova
Assistant Professor
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
the University of Michigan

Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy,
Director of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University;
Ann Whitney Olin Professor and Chair of the Slavic Department, Barnard College;
Past-President of AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages).

Benjamin Nathans
Ronald S. Lauder Associate Professor
Department of History
University of Pennsylvania

Joshua Rubenstein
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University, USA

Cynthia Simmons
Professor of Slavic Studies
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, USA

Jane Costlow
Professor of Russian
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

Grzegorz Franczak, PhD.
Lecturer at the University of Milan

Dr. Yuri Corrigan
Visiting Lecturer
Wellesley College

Dr. Leonid Livak,
Associate professor
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Toronto

Jekaterina Shulga MA
PhD candidate
University College London

Helena Goscilo
Professor of Slavic
University of Pittsburgh

Alexandra Polivanova
Sakharov Fellow
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University

Patricia Herlihy Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Brown University
Louise Wyant Professor of the College
Emmanuel College
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science Department and International Studies Program
Miami University

Dr Miriam Dobson
University of Sheffield

Andreas Umland, M. Phil. (Oxford), Dr. phil. (FU Berlin),
Research Fellow at The Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt,
Bavaria, Germany

Alexander Yanov,
Prof. of Russian history,
City University of New York

Robert Wilcocks
Professor Emeritus
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Robert Romanchuk, PhD
Associate Professor of Slavic
Department of Modern Languages
Florida State University, USA
Co-Editor, Polata Knigopisnaia

Kevin M. F. Platt
Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, USA

Dr. Erika Wolf
Senior Lecturer
Programme in Art History and Theory
Department of History,
University of Otago

Hugh McLean
Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature,
University of California, Berkeley

David Powelstock,
Chair, Russian and East European Studies
Brandeis University

Dr Marja Jänis,
Senior Researcher,
Deparment of Foreign Languages and Translation Studies,
University of Joensuu, Finland.

Helen Dunmore, FRSL
Novelist and independent scholar

Ivor A Stodolsky
Researcher, Independent Curator

Dr Jacob Edmond
Senior Lecturer
Department of English,
University of Otago, New Zealand

Ray Thomas
Honorary Research Fellow
Faculty of Social Sciences
Open University, England

Dr. Stefan Rohdewald
Lehrstuhl fur Neuere und Neueste Geschichte Osteuropas und seiner Kulturen
Universitaet Passau

Stephen M. Norris
Associate Professor of History
Director of Film Studies
Miami University

Michael Khodarkovsky
Professor of History
Member of the Board of Directors of the American Slavic Association (AAASS)

Lucyna Gebert,
Professor of Slavic Linguistics,
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’,

Anthony Anemone
Chair & Associate Provost of Foreign Languages
The New School, NY, USA

Valerie Sperling
Associate Professor of Government and International Relations
Clark University
Worcester, MA, USA

Tore Hattermann
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Telegraphenberg A62, 14473 Potsdam, Germany

Gerald Pirog, Ph. D.
Associate Professor Program Director
Program in Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Pari Gupta
PhD student, City University London

Jeremy Putley, BA FCCA FSI

Massimo Verdicchio
Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Prof. Dr. Rainer Kind
Professor at Free University of Berlin
Fellow of American Geophysical Union

Benjamin Sutcliffe,
Assistant Professor of Russian,
Miami University, UK

Dr. Zina Gimpelevich, Professor of Russian,
University of Waterloo, Canada
President, Canadian Association of Slavists
President, Belarusan Institute of Arts & Sciences, Canada (BINiM)

Dr Liisa Byckling
University of Helsinki, Finland
Visiting Scholar
Wolfson College
University of Oxford

Dr Rebecca Edwards
Department of History
Swansea University, UK

Dr Rachel Bowen
Beacon for Wales Office
Public Relations and Communications Division
Cardiff University

Dr Rafal Pankowski,
‘Never Again’ Association and Collegium Civitas,

Dr. Anne O. Fisher
NEH Collaborative Research Grant, Spring 2009
Research Associate, Department of German and Russian, Williams College

Dr. Deborah A. Martinsen
Associate Dean of Alumni Education
Adj. Associate Professor of Slavic
Columbia University
President, International Dostoevsky Society
Executive Secretary, North American Dostoevsky Society

Anna Schor-Tschudnowskaja
Projektleiterin Osteuropa
Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Vermögenskultur
Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität Wien, Austria;
Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Kenneth Lantz
Professor Emeritus
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Prof. John Jaworsky
Department of Political Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada

Professor Terry Cox, BA PhD
Professor of Central and East European Studies
President of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies
Department of Central and East European Studies
University of Glasgow

Dr Julie Curtis,
M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon.),
University Lecturer in Russian and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford

Dr Stephen Lovell,
King’s College London

Dr. Martha Merritt
Associate Dean for International Education
The University of Chicago

Sasha Dugdale,
Russian translator

Bohdan Rubchak
Professor Emeritus of Slavic and Comparative Literatures
University of Illinois at Chicago
Ukrainian President’s medal of the third degree for contributions to Ukrainian culture in the United Sates

Stefanie Schiffer, MA,
Executive Director European Exchange, Berlin
Member of Board ‘Human Rights in Belarus’, Berlin

Martha W. Hickey
Director of International Studies, Portland State University
Assoc. Prof. of Russian

Felix Ackermann PhD,
Director of the support programme ‘Geschichtswerkstatt Europa’,
Institute for applied history, Frankfurt (Oder)

David Gadsby
Assistant Director
Center for Heritage Resource Studies
University of Maryland

Carol Apollonio
Associate Professor of the Practice of Russian
Duke University

Dr. Joseph Peschio
Assistant Professor of Russian
Coordinator, Slavic Languages Program
Chair, Russian and East European Studies Certificate Program
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Catherine Wanner
Associate Professor
of History and Anthropology
108 Weaver Building
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Andrij Hornjatkevyc
Associate Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies [and]
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
University of Alberta, Canada

Roman Utkin, M.A.
Independent scholar, Connecticut, USA.

Karen Dawisha
Director, Havighurst Center for Russian and East European Studies
Miami University
Oxford Ohio USA

Dr. Nina Balz
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Abt. Bestandsaufbau/Erschließung
Redaktion ZfBB und BFB
Ludwigstraße 16
D-80539 München

Anna Reid, MA
University of London

Dr Anaïs MARIN (Sciences Po Paris), Research Fellow at the Helsinki
Collegium for Advanced Studies (Finland)

Dr Carol Adlam
Senior Lecturer in Russian
Head of Russian
Department of Modern Languages
University of Exeter

Ksenia Poloektova,
Lady Davis post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Laura Quercioli Mincer
Lecturer, Jewish History and Culture in the Slavic Countries, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’

Christopher Lash, PhD candidate in History
Manchester University, UK

Kathryn Mathe
Information Officer, OSA Archivum,
Budapest, Hungary

Robert Romanchuk, PhD
Associate Professor of Slavic
Department of Modern Languages
Florida State University, USA

Dr. Patty A. Gray,
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology,
National University of Ireland Maynooth

Adrian Ivakhiv, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Vermont, USA

Masha Perovic, MA
Sustainable Environmental Management

John Kampfner
Director, Index on Censorship

Dr Ruth Coates, University of Bristol, Department of Russian Studies (BA Mod Langs, Bristol; DPhil Queen’s College, Oxford)

Alexander J. Motyl,
Professor of Political Science
Rutgers University-Newark, USA

Catherine Crowther
Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP): Chair of Training Committee International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP): Convener of training programme in analytical psychology in Russia and Liaison Officer for St Petersburg Developing Group

Dr. Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
Cornell University

Dr Stephanie Palmer
Lecturer in Law
University of Cambridge

Maureen Tighe-Brown, M.A., M.S.N.
Doctoral candidate in European history
Department of History,
University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Dr Claudine Potvin
Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
University of Alberta
200 Arts Building
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Emily Johnson
Associate Professor
Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
University of Oklahoma

Jerry Katsell
Independent Scholar
Del Mar, CA, USA

Dr. Gábor T. Rittersporn
Research Director
Centre National de la
Recherches Scientifique

Ronald D. LeBlanc
Professor of Russian and Humanities
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Murkland Hall
University of New Hampshire

Vladimir Padunov
Associate Professor
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Associate Director, Film Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh

Anne Lounsbery,
Associate Professor of Russian Literature and Director of Graduate Study, New York University

Christina Kramer,
Professor and Chair
University of Kiril i Metodi, Skopje, Macedonia

Jaroslav Rozumnyj Ph.D.
Professor (retired)
University of Manitoba, Canada
Honorary Professor
National University ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ (Ukraine)

Matthew Evangelista
Professor and Chair
Department of Government
Cornell University

James Richter
Professor of Politics
Bates College
Lewiston, Maine

Martin Dewhirst,
Honorary Research Fellow,
Department of Slavonic Studies,
University of Glasgow.

Inna Shtakser,
Visiting Assistant Professor,
Dalhousie University, Canada

Alexa von Winning,
Student, University of Tübingen

Jan Plamper, Ph.D.
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin, Germany

Helen Petrovsky
Senior research associate,
Institute of Philosophy,
Russian Academy of Sciences

Dr Neil Robinson,
Senior Lecturer in Politics,
Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, Ireland

Giovanna Brogi
University of Milan

Julie Draskoczy
MA, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Richard Buchner,
Zeithistoriker, D 14165 BERLIN

Rossen Djagalov,
PhD candidate, Yale University

Alberto Masoero
Professor of Russian History
University of Venice

Prof. Dr. Karsten Brüggemann
Tallinn University
Institute of History

Prof. Iryna Bondarevska,
Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics,
National University of ‘ Kyiv-Mohyla Academy ‘
Kyiv, Ukraine

Dr. Olga Meerson
Associate Professor of Russian
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Dr. Jenny Kaminer
Lecturer, Department of Russian & Slavonic Studies
University of Sheffield

Professor Natalia Pervukhina-Kamyshnikova
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of Tennessee

Yulia Spytska
MA International Relations Research Student
University of Essex, UK

Philippe Frison,
Strasbourg (France), translator.

Lyudmyla Volynets
Free University of Berlin

Petra Hroch,
University of Alberta, Canada.

Professor Frances Millard,
Department of Government,
University of Essex

Dmitrii Kozlov
Pomorskii gosudarstvennyi universitet
Archangelsk, Russia

Flora Roberts,
University of Chicago

Kari Kaunismaa, MSS
Soiskatel doktorskoi stupen
Paimio, Finland

Dr Stefanie Ortmann,
London School of Economics

Denis Kosygin,
New York University, USA

Lara Weibgen
Ph.D. candidate, Yale University

Lauren Kaminsky
Associate Faculty, New York University
Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellow

Mariana Ivanova Markova
PhC Anthropology Department
University of Washington

Andrew Janco,
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago

Dr. Gail Faurschou
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta,

Olga Livshin
M.A., Ph.D. Candidate,
University of Alaska Anchorage

Bohdan Rubchak
Professor Emeritus of Slavic and Comparative Literatures
University of Illinois at Chicago

Julia Herzberg, Doctoral Student, Department of History at Bielefeld
University (Germany)

Vera Shibanova
Jacob-Burckhardtstr. 13
78464 Konstanz

Benjamin H. Loring
Postdoctoral Fellow in Central Asian Affairs
Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES)
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University

Svitlana Krys,
PhD Candidate, University of Alberta, Canada.

Yulia Spytska
MA International Relations Research Student
University of Essex

Martin Beisswenger
PhD Candidate
Department of History
University of Notre Dame

Margaret Samu
Ph.D. Candidate in Art History
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Lisa Min
UT Austin

Benjamin J. Beresford, MA
Bryn Mawr College

Martin Malek
Political scientist
Vienna, Austria

Dr. Lorenz Kaehler, M.A.

Dr. Richard Buchner (Zeithistoriker)
14165 Berlin, Camphausenstraße 44 D.

Steven A. Barnes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History,
Project Director and Lead Historian
George Mason University, VA, USA

Michael J. Mikos,
Professor of Slavic Languages,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Simon Ertz, М.А.,
Visiting Fellow, Dept. of History, Moscow State University

Friederike Otto
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Ralph Lindheim
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Toronto

Sergei Kan
Professor of Anthroppology
Dartmouth College

Arnold McMillin
Emeritus Professor,
London University

Dina Gusejnova
PhD Candidate in History
Peterhouse, Cambridge

Tony Swift,
Senior Lecturer in History,
University of Essex

Dr Olga Tutubalina
Scott Polar Research Institute
Senior Researcher
Laboratory of Aerospace Methods,
Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University

Mark L. von Hagen
Professor and Chair
Department of History
Arizona State University

Dr Alexander Etkind
Reader in Russian Litarture and Cultural History
Fellow of King’s College
Cambridge University

Daniel G. Prior
Assistant Professor, History
Executive Director, Central Eurasian Studies Society
Miami University

Bettina Nir-Vered
M.A. – Germany

Rebecca Manley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario

Dr. Susanne Scholl

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  8. john smith says:

    But Memorial is not an “independent” organisation. It is financed The National Endowment for Democracy a long standing CIA and western intelligence front established during the 80’s which is not apolitical as well as other affiliates like and USAID, Freedom House, Soros, etc who finance political opposition in countries which they are politically active against the ruling leadership like in Yugoslavia against Slobodan Milosevic and Russia itself financing all the potential opposition candidates it can support through the Other Russia coalition, media, “human rights” organisations as well as “research”, youth movements and colour revolutions.

    More of its fantastic conclusions of 3 million listed as Purge victims and estimated as high as 12 million which run counter to some of the signatories in this letter with no supporting evidence or as evidence presumably according to Memorial any person sentenced anyone who died or sentenced to death or imprisonment is a political prisoner regardless of alleged crime during the Stalin period to back up its thesis.

    “So far, we have a list of around three million people who fell victim to Stalin’s Purges. But that list is far from complete. We think the actual number is going to be around 12 million people,” says Alyona Kozlova from the non-governmental organization Memorial.

    And Soviet history especially the Stalin era is being used a geo-political weapon.

  9. Full endorsement, with great appreciation for the work of Orlando Figes and the Memorial society, including Arseniy Roginsky.

  10. topspeeds says:

    I visited Memorial last August and I was shocked to hear about this police raid! Shortly before the newspaper of Chto Delat was also confiscated by the State (ironically the issue about perestroika and the meaning of defeat):

  11. When asked, Where do “Public Defenders (sic) find recruits in the fashion of KGB, SS, etc., to fill the positions of “Storm Troopers?”

    Answer, “On any street corner, on any street corner!” They are ever among us.

    Everyone responsible for public treasures should secret copies in at least three places. It is not that difficult or costly today.

    I pray for all “Freedom Fighters.” Keep a strong heart.


  12. Thomas Skowronek says:

    Please, add my name in support to the open letter.

    Thomas Skowronek
    Institut für Slawistik
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  13. I visited Memorial last August and I was shocked to hear about this police raid! Shortly before the newspaper of Chto Delat was also confiscated by the State (ironically the issue about perestroika and the meaning of defeat):

  14. Luka Szucsich says:

    Please, add my name to the list

    Prof. Dr. Luka Szucsich
    Institut für Slawistik
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  15. Sandro Zanetti says:

    Please, add my signature to the list.

    Prof. Dr. Sandro Zanetti
    Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur
    Stiftung Universität Hildesheim

  16. Sylvia Sasse says:

    Please, add my signature to the list.

    Prof. Dr. Sylvia Sasse
    Direktorin des Instituts für Slawistik
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  17. Jill Knight says:

    This is a priceless archive, an immensely valuable tool in the objective assessment of twentieth century history.

  18. Graham Jones says:

    I would like to sign this petition.

    This confiscation makes a mockery of the suffering and deaths of millions.

    Graham Jones, Human Rights activist, Sheffield

  19. Alexander Dolberg says:

    I support the protest as someone who spent his life studying Stalinism and as a Russian.

  20. Joeri Buhrer Tavanier says:

    MA Russian Studies

    please add me to the list

  21. Robert Blume says:

    Former professor of art education,
    at the Acacdemie voor Beeldende Kunsten Arnhem, The Netherlands.

  22. Penka Popova - MFA says:

    The confiscation is clearly an act of barbarism. Someone stop that! Please, add my name in support to the open letter!

    Penka Popova

  23. Roumiana K. Popova says:

    Dear colleagues,

    The content of your letter I received through Prof.dr. Selma Leydesdorff have deeply saddened me. The repressive and barbaric (KGB-style) acts of the ‘Public Prosecutor’s Office of St. Petersburg’ are despicable and frightening!

    I protest against this brutal destruction of memory and plead for the prompt return of the plundered archives to their legal owner RIC “Memorial”.

    I fully support the courageous and righteous efforts of RIC members to investigate the horrors of Stalinism and to disclose KGB archives for public use.

    As an art historian born in Bulgaria, I specially thank Mr. Aleksandr Margolis for his endeavours to preserve the rich architectural heritage of St. Peterburg from the destructive, anti-aesthetical waves of consumerist ‘modernisation’ and McDonaldisation (which are alas prevailing the public space of many former communist countries).

    Please add my name to the open letter,

    Sincerely yours,

    Roumiana K. Popova, PhD

    Department of European Cultural History,

    University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  24. giovanna niccoli says:

    please add my name and the name of my husband,MASSIMO DURANTI, to the open letter
    thank you

  25. Janos M. Rainer says:

    Please add my name to the open letter to President Medvedev, Janos M. Rainer, Director, 1956 Institute, Budapest, Hungary

  26. Atty. James J. Crisan says:

    This is an outrage. We should implore our collective governments to demand at the diplomatic level that these materials be returned.

  27. Robert S. Broadhead says:

    Please add my name to the Open Letter to President Medvedev, insisting on the return of complete data-bases belonging to Memorial, St. Petersburg.

  28. Theodora J. Erlijna says:

    The Indonesian Institute of Social History, Jakarta – Indonesia.
    I support the open letter and would like to add my signature to it.

  29. Seth Singleton says:

    Adjunct Professor of International Relations, the University of Maine
    Professor and Dean of Faculty Emeritus, Pacific University, Oregon

  30. I am only an amateur scholar of Russian history, whose ancestors were born in Russia. I have recently read Orlando Figes, “The Whisperers” and Tim Tsouliadis “The Forsaken.” Although I am no longer able physically or financially to do research in various archives in Russia and the Ukraine, I have been very distressed to learn that the archives of the “Memorial” have been raided and apparently confiscated. I beg you to ensure that these archives are kept intact and uncensored and I hope that they will be soon made available again for other researchers.

  31. Andreas Brekke Carlsson says:

    Andreas Brekke Carlsson, Phd student, department of philosophy, University of Oslo.

  32. Prof. Judith Pollmann
    History Department
    Leiden University
    The Netherlands

  33. Przemysław Czapliński says:

    I would like to add my signature to the list and give my support of the open letter to Dmitrii Medvedev.

  34. Anna Balogh says:

    Peter Pazmany Catholic University

  35. Andy Bruno says:

    Andy Bruno
    Ph.D. Candidate
    History Department
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  36. Stefano L. Dini says:

    Marketing Manager, Italia

  37. enrica risposi says:

    buon natale

  38. Dr Christopher Waters says:

    Faculty of Law
    University of Windsor
    Windsor, Canada

  39. w.fritschy says:

    I endorse the letter to president Medvedev on the Memorial’s historical archive.

    Prof.dr. W. Fritschy
    Faculty of Arts, History Department
    De Boelelaan 1105
    1081 HV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    tel. 0031-20-5982928

  40. Daniel Rowland says:

    Director Emeritus, Gaines Center for the Humanities, and Associate Professor of Russian History, University of Kentucky

  41. Bruno Cappuccio says:

    Avvocato, Italia

  42. admin says:

    Neal Pease
    Associate Professor and Chair
    Department of History
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Milwaukee WI 53201

    Mark Lipovetsky,
    doktor filologichskikh nauk, professor Universiteta Colorado(Boulder, USA),
    chlen Akademii sovremennoi rossisikoi slovesnosti.

    Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Ph.D.,
    Slavic Resources Coordinator, and Head, Petro
    Jacyk Central and East European Resource Centre
    at the University of Toronto Libraries

    Przemyslaw Milewicz
    MPhil in Modern European History, Cambridge
    Honorary Scholar of Cambridge European Trust
    Honorary Scholar of Cambridge Overseas Trust

    John-Paul Himka
    Professor of Ukrainian and East European History
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Professor Steven G. Marks

    Dr. Douglas Barbour
    Professor Emeritus
    University of Alberta

    Dr Ellen Rutten
    Research associate University of Cambridge
    Editor Russian Cyberspace project (winner Altdorfer-Leibniz Preis 2005)
    Co-convener study group Contemporary Russian Culture, U of Cambridge

    Ann Komaromi, Assistant Professor
    Centre for Comparative Literature
    University of Toronto

    Andrea Riscassi
    Journalist Rai Milano
    Corso Sempione, 27

    Dr. Russell Cobb
    Assistant Professor, Spanish and Latin American Studies
    Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
    University of Alberta, Edmonton,

    Gary Marker
    Professor of History
    State University of New York at Stony Brook
    Stony Brook New York, USA

    Dr Ute Stock
    PhD, MPhil, BA (Hons) Cantab

    Professor Peter Kornicki, FBA
    Deputy Warden
    Robinson College
    Cambridge, UK

    Svetlana Boym
    Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature
    Executive Committee of the Davis Center for Russian Studies
    Harvard University

    Sibelan Forrester
    Professor of Russian
    Swarthmore College
    (Swarthmore, PA, USA)

    Christoph Dankert
    MMath, MBA Candidate

    Anne Waller
    St Edmund’s College
    University of Cambridge
    Mount Pleasant

    R.M.Cleminson, M.A., D.Phil.,
    Professor of Slavonic Studies,
    University of Portsmouth, UK

    Ann Kjellberg

    Dr. Elmar Kriegler
    Potsdam, Germany

    Paola Bertolone

    Dr. Florian Mühlfried
    Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

    Ingrid Wirengren
    Teacher, Lviv State University

    Ivana Franka, Lviv, Ukraine

    Jonathan Drury, MA Cantab (Russian and German)
    Head of Russian at Sevenoaks School, Kent, England
    Honesty Pern, Undergraduate student of Russian.

    Honesty Pern
    Jesus College

    Raphael Flore

    Julie Hemment, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Anthropology
    UMass Amherst

    Robert Toothill

    Donatella Possamai
    Professor of Russian Literature, University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy
    Member of the editorial board of the journal “Studi slavistici” (official
    organ of the Italian Association of Slavists)
    Member of the Praesidium of CEG (Interdepartmental Center for Culture and
    Economy of Globalization)

    Sylvia Brown Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of English and Film Studies
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada T6G 2E5

    Louisa Coward

    Anika Walke, M.A.,
    PhD Candidate,
    History of Consciousness Dept.,
    UC Santa Cruz, USA

    Prof. Dr. Bianka Pietrow-Ennker,
    Konstanz, Germany

    Dr. Chauncey J. Mellor
    PhD, The University of Chicago
    Professor of German
    Ex-Head, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
    The University of Tennessee
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Woodrow Wilson Fellow

    Luigi Marinelli
    Chair prof. of Slavistics – Polish Language and Literature
    Sapienza Università di Roma

    Emilia Magnanini
    Associated professor of Russian Literature
    At the University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”
    Venice, Italy

    Semion Lyandres
    Associate Professor
    Department of History
    University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, IN 46556

    Rory Finnin
    Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies
    Department of Slavonic Studies
    University of Cambridge

    Hugh Denman
    Honorary Research Fellow in Yiddish
    Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
    University College London
    Gower Street
    London W1E 6BT

    Tristra Newyear
    PhD candidate, Mongolian Studies
    Central Eurasian Studies
    Indiana University
    Bloomington, IN, USA

    Kitty Stidworthy, MA, PGCE,
    Affiliated Lecturer, Cambridge University Slavonic Dept. (ret’d).

    Lalé-Eleonora Cabuk,
    first year- undergraduate in Russian (Modern and
    Medieval Languages) King’s College, Cambridge

    Douglas R. Weiner
    Professor of History
    Past President, American Society for Environmental History
    Department of History
    University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ 85721

    Mr. Luis Sundkvist
    Carol A. Hart, Ph.D.
    Special Lecturer
    Center for International Programs
    Oakland University
    Rochester, Michigan

    Marit Cremer, Diplom-Soziologin,
    Author of Fremdbestimmtes Leben. Eine biographische Studie über Frauen in Tschetschenien. Transcript-Verlag, Bielefeld 2007
    Interpreter for Russian language at Berlin Treatment Centre for
    Victoms of Torture; Member and head of Memorial Germany.

    Kenneth Brostrom,
    Professor of Russian

    Carla K. Whitley
    Lecturer in Spanish
    University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN, USA

    Ruth Burholt
    BSc Hons Adult Nursing year 3 (2006-2009)
    BA Russian and East European Studies (1994-1998)
    Volunteer translator for Amnesty International and Memorial (2002-2004)

    Krystyna Jaworska

    Tatiana Yankelevich, Director
    Sakharov Program on Human Rights
    Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
    Harvard University
    1730 Cambridge Street, S324
    Cambridge, MA 02138

    Mark Brinkley
    undergraduate student
    University of Cambridge.

    Olga Cooke
    Associate Prof. of Russian
    Dept. of European & Classical Langs.,
    Texas A&M University, College Station

    Professor Rose Glickmn
    Visiting Scholar
    Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
    University of California
    Berkeley, CA 94720

    Rosemary Finlinson
    Undergraduate at Cambridge University

    Jochen Guckes
    Berlin, Germany

    Eugene Clay
    Associate Professor
    Religious Studies Department, Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ 85287-3104

    Kazimierz Zorawski

    Andrew Blane,
    Professor (Emeritus) of Russian History,
    City University of New York

    Antonia Immerz
    Dipl. Information Scientist

    Carol Dockham
    Research analyst, U.S.-Russia Joint Presidential Commission on Prisoners of War/Missing in Action personnel, 1996-2002.
    Currently graduate student of Russian history, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

    Susan Costanzo
    Associate Professor
    Department of History
    Western Washington University

    Robert Argenbright
    Associate Professor
    Department of Geography and Geology
    University of North Carolina Wilmington
    Wilmington, NC 28403

    Eleanor Peers, BA (Hons), MA PgDip,
    PhD candidate at the University of

    Roman Solecki, PhD
    Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Connecticut
    Storrs, CT, USA

    Mark A. Keck-Szajbel, MA
    PhD Candidate, History
    University of California, Berkeley

    Dr Alina Cala,
    Historian of The Jewish Historical Institute at Warsaw, Poland
    Member of The Committee of Workers’ Defense (KOR, 1976-81).

    Giovanna Siedina
    Assistant professor of Russian Language and Literature
    Member of the Italian Associatio of Slavists (AIS)
    Member of the Italian Association of Ukrainian Studies (AISU)
    Member of Editorial Board of the journal Studi Slavistici

    Stefan Wisniowski,
    Seaforth NSW Australia

    Xenia Dennen,
    Chairman of Keston Institute,
    Oxford, UK

    T. Mills Kelly, PhD
    Associate Dean
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences and
    Director, MA Program in Global Affairs
    George Mason University

    Uwe Koehn, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus of Statistics
    The University of Connecticut

    Roger Watkins BA Soc Pol, DipTch.
    Victoria University of Wellington,

    Hiroaki Kuromiya,
    Indiana University, USA

    Julie Stone Peters,
    Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature,
    Harvard University, USA

    Myroslav Marynovych,
    Vice-Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University for the University
    Former Ukrainian dissident,
    “For Courage” Order of Ukraine, 1st degree
    “For Merits” Order of Poland, Chevalier Cross

    Gemma Pörzgen,
    journalist in Berlin, Germany

    Lech Kopczynski

    Catriona Bass MA Oxon
    Fellow George Bell Institute
    University of Chichester

    Franziska Nägele, B.A.,
    Munich, Germany

    Katja Doose
    Student of Russian Studies and history at the University of Dresden

    Wolfgang Obermair,
    Assistant Professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna

    Hanne Kleinemas M.A.


    Volker Weichsel
    (Redaktion OSTEUROPA),
    Berlin, Germany

    Fernanda Eberstadt,

    Dr. Caroline Lusin
    Anglistisches Seminar
    Kettengasse 12
    69117 Heidelberg

    Vladimir Sherov
    Associate professor,
    Faculty of Economics
    St.Petersburg State University
    St.Petersburg, Russia

    Jonathan Widder

    Manuela Putz, M.A.
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin / Wissenschaftsmanagement
    Forschungsstelle Osteuropa an der Universität Bremen
    Klagenfurter Strasse 3
    D-28359 Bremen, Germany
    Fiona Gutsch
    Paedagogisches Institut der SGU
    Lehrstuhl fuer Deutsch
    ul. Zauloshnova, 3
    410028 Saratov

    Anton Markschteder,
    Bachelor of Arts

    Stefan Neumann
    Master of Philosophy, Sociology and Political Science

    Dr.Elena Stepanova,
    Historian, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena,
    Department of Eastern European History.

    Mirjam Sprau, M.A.
    PhD student at the university of Bremen

    Franziska Dürbeck

    Anke Nowottne (Dipl. Des. FH)
    Research fellow at the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences
    (University of the Arts/ Universität der Künste, Berlin)

    Tobias Gögler,
    Bachelor in European Studies

    Christian Geissler-Jagodzinski
    Association Learning from History/
    Lernen aus der Geschichte e.V. (Berlin, Germany)

    Nikolay Barbov
    M.A., Germany

    Anne-Christin Plate,
    Artist, Germany

    Martin Lutz Mueller,
    Student of Eastern European History in Jena, Germany.

    Daria Schönemann,
    Potsdam, Germany

    Dr Alexandra Harrington, BA Hons, MA, PhD in Russian(University of Nottingham)
    Senior Lecturer,
    Department of Russian, University of Durham.

    Dr. Volker Wenzel
    Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research
    (former ‘aspirant’ at MGU)

    Anna Morpurgo,

    Dr. Silke Satjukow
    Historisches Institut der
    Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

    Dr. Christine Gölz
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
    Freie Universität Berlin
    Arbeitsbereich Geschichte und Kultur

    Marc Müller,
    Journalist, Munich, Germany

    Mag. Ulrich Hofmeister

    Dalibor Dobias,
    University of Pisa, Italy

    Vladimir Keidan
    Istituto di Slavistica
    Universita di Urbino

    Sabine Gerhardus
    Project leader of the Dachau Book of Remembrance

    Karoline Thaidigsmann, M.A.
    University of Heidelberg, Germany

    Ulrike Gatzemeier, MPhil,
    Berlin, Germany

    Linda Pelchat

    Helen O’Gorman,
    BA Hons Modern Languages, Bradford University

    Dr. Felix Schnell
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Philosophische Fakultät I
    Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften
    Lehrstuhl für Geschichte Osteuropas

    Christopher Schumann

    Dr. habil. Andreas Langenohl
    Konstanz, Germany

    Tillmann Lohse
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften
    Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte I

    Olivia Jones
    Russian student at Cambridge University

    Lena Förster
    student, Germany

    Eva Brandstädter,

    Willi Reinecke
    Student (Berlin)

    Armin Siebert

    Dagmara Manka-Wizor;
    The KARTA Center, Warszawa
    Coordinator of the project “Casualties and victims of oppressions under the German occupation”

    Thomas Loy, M.A.

    Dr. Bjorn Ingvoldstad
    Assistant Professor of Media Studies & Communication Technologies
    Department of Communication Studies
    Bridgewater State College

    Rudi Brückner
    Former Direktor of the Orchester at the Stuttgart Opera

    Adam Lewis (undergrad, Cambridge University)

    Thomas Weiler

    Anatole Romaniuk, PhD,
    Adjunct Professor (currently), University of Alberta,
    Professor of demography (formerly), University of Montreal,
    President of the Federation of Canadian Demographers (1993-96)
    The 2008 CPS Award Winner for the contribution to demography

    Dr. phil. Christoph Scheurle
    Berlin, Germany
    Matthias Battis
    Bachelor of Cultural Sciences European University Viadrina Germany
    Student at the University of Warsaw

    Prof. dr. Claudia Scandura
    Dipartimento di Studi Europei e Interculturali
    Sezione di Slavistica
    Sapienza – Università di Roma

    Robert Kindler
    Assistant Faculty, Department of Eastern European History, Humboldt
    University Berlin

    Mathias Pluess,
    Journalist, Switzerland

    Jonathan Daly
    Professor of Russian History, PhD
    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Sabina Meier, Lic.phil.

    Tom Lodge
    Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
    Limerick University
    Mirjam Kotzur

    Paul Werth
    Associate Professor, Department of History
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 Maryland Parkway
    Las Vegas, Nevada USA

    Nina Loewen,
    Psychology student and grandchild of Gulag victims under Stalin,
    Münster, Germany

    Dr. Frank Grüner
    Junior Research Group Leader
    Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”
    University of Heidelberg
    Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies

    Ms. Valerie Engler, Mag. art. in Russian language and literature
    Translator and teacher
    In summer 2001 intern at RIC Memorial St Petersburg

    Regula M. Zwahlen, lic. phil., Ph.D. student
    Universität Freiburg
    Institut für Ost- und Ostmitteleuropa /
    CH-1763 Granges-Paccot

    Perrine Canavaggio
    Conservateur général du patrimoine
    Deputy Secretary General/Secrétaire générale adjointe
    International Council on Archives
    Conseil international des Archives
    60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
    75OO3 Paris – France

    Franz Preißler,
    Free-lance journalist

    George G. Somjen MD,PhD
    Professor emeritus
    Duke University Medical Center
    Durham, NC, USA

    Susanne Krismer
    Gerald Surh
    Prof.of History
    North Carolina State University

    Hannah Brodersen

    Jurij Dobczansky
    Librarian/cataloging specialist
    Washington, DC

    Kerstin Meyer,
    M.A., Leipzig, Germany

    Christina Hiessl

    Dr Elisabeth Robson
    (MA Oxon, DPhil Oxon, MBA)

    Professor Michele Rivkin-Fish
    Department of Anthropology
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  43. Here are additional names received by Index on Censorship

    Dr Elena Katz
    St Antony’s College, Oxford
    (ex-Max Hayward Research Fellow in Russian Literature, 2006-2008)

    George M. Logan
    Cappon Professor of English
    Queen’s University, Canada

    Dr. Victoria Ruetalo
    Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies)
    Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
    Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
    University of Alberta, Arts 209E
    Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E6

    Wayne Dowler
    Professor of Russian History
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Canada

    Elizabeth V. Haigh, Ph.D.
    Professor of History (retired)
    Saint Mary’s University
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Steven Rosefielde
    Professor of Economics
    University of North Carolina

    Robert E. Johnson
    Professor of History Chair,
    Dept. of Historical Studies
    University of Toronto

    Prof. Barbara Ronchetti
    Associate Professor of Russian Literature and Language
    University of Rome “La Sapienza”

    Patricia Leon
    Department of Politics, International and Policy Studies
    University of Surrey

    Theodore Voronov, PhD
    Reader in Mathematics,
    University of Manchester

    Friederike Meese,
    Berlin, Germany

    Maritta v. Uechtritz
    Translator, Munich

    Lukas Leitner

    Helle Kuhlenkamp, MA East European Studies

    Cathy A. Frierson, Professor
    History Department
    University of New Hampshire

    M.A. Katja Grote,
    PhD Student at Humboldt University Berlin,
    Germany scholar of Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

    Prof. Joseph Schallert
    Slavic Linguistics
    Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
    University of Toronto

    Prof. Charles M. Becker
    Department of Economics
    Duke University
    North Carolina USA

    John McCannon
    Associate Professor of History
    University of Saskatchewan
    Editor, Canadian Journal of History

    Professor Joan Neuberger
    Department of History
    University of Texas at Austin

    Anne Krier (Berlin, Germany)
    M.A. in Russian History and Literature

    Dr. Dina Zisserman-Brodsky,
    Lecturer, Department of Politics and Government,
    Ben-Gurion University, Israel

    Jan Musekamp, Ph.D.,
    European University
    Viadrina Frankfurt(Oder)

    Prof. Dr. Joerg Hackmann
    DAAD Alfred Doeblin Professor of East European History University of Szczecin
    Dept. of History and International Relations ul. Krakowska

    Maria Feretti
    Professor of Contemporary History
    Università della Tuscia (Italy)
    Chercheur associé CERCEC EHESS (Paris)

    Alexis Berelowitch
    Chercheur associé CERCEC EHESS (Paris)
    Ancien directeur du Centre Franco-russe en Sciences Sociales et Humaines de Moscou

    Allan Reid
    Professor, Chair of Department of Culture and Language Studies Former President of the Canadian Association of Slavists

    Claudia Haller, B.A.

    Kathrin Mueller (MA),
    Dusseldorf, Germany

    Elisabeth Ritter, M.A.,
    Centre for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences,

    Prof. Dr. Reinhart Kössler,
    Arnold Bergstraesser Institut,

    Emanuela Sgambati
    Dipartimento di Studi Europei ed Interculturali sezione di SSEUCO Università degli Studi “Sapienza”

    Dan Stone, FRSA
    Professor of Modern History
    Director of Graduate Studies (Research)
    Royal Holloway, University of London

    Emanuela Guercetti
    Sezione di Slavistica
    Università degli studi di Milano

    Francesca Gori
    President of Memorial Italia
    Milan, Italy

    Professor Dr. Gerhard Hirschfeld
    Leiter und Direktor der
    Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte (BfZ)
    in der Württembergischen Landesbibliothek (WLB)

    Felix Petersen

    Dr. Nanci Adler
    Centrum voor Holocaust- en Genocidestudies

    Prof. Selma Leydesdorff
    Oral history and culture
    dep Arts Religion Culture

    Prof. Dr. Jon Mathieu,
    Lucerne, Switzerland

    Dr. Marc Jansen, Eastern European Studies,
    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Dr. Kees Boterbloem
    Professor of History
    Editor, The Historian
    University of South Florida

    Florian Mategka,
    Hannover, Germany

    Dr. Natalia Tukhareli, Ph.D
    Associate of the Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies
    University of Toronto

    Dr. Elena Pribytkova
    Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum

  44. Dr. Christian Gudehus says:

    Managing Director
    Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research
    at the
    Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen, Germany

  45. Carlo Benazzi, student says:

    A young italian student writing from St. Petersburg.

  46. ROBERT SERVICE, Ph.D., F.B.A. says:

    Truly the police raid on an inoffensive organisation such as ‘Memorial’ is a scandal. The interests of Russian citizens lie in the examination of the country’s difficult past without official intervention. It is bad enough that the government put pressure on authors to write the historical textbooks it requires; but when archives are seized in this fashion bad has gone to worse. Oral testimonies about the years of the Gulag should be treasured, not suppressed.

  47. Die Vorgehensweise erinnert an George Orwells Gedankenpolizei. Das Memorial-Archiv muss unverzüglich wieder hergestellt werden, weil es einen unverzichtbaren Beitrag zur Auseinandersetzung mit und zur “Aufarbeitung” der sowjetischen Geschichte und der russischen Gegenwart leistet.

  48. Heinrich Blatt says:

    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

  49. Halyna Hryn says:

    Please add my signature

    Halyna Hryn, PhD
    Harvard Ukrainian Studies
    Ukrainian Research Institute
    Harvard University

  50. Dr. Andrea Huterer says:

    historian and editorial journalist, Berlin

  51. Talia Zajac says:

    Ph.D. Candidate,

    University of Toronto

  52. Piotr Grochocki says:

    M.A. in Political Science, East European History and Modern History, Munich

  53. Rosanna Giaquinta says:

    I am a teacher of Russian language and literature at Udine University (Italy).
    I wish to add my name to the signatures above.

  54. Pia Pera says:

    I wish to sign the above petition, shocked at this dreadful attack on research and freedom of information, and in the hope that the work of Memorial will not be lost
    Pia Pera, writer, former student of the Old Believers of Russia

  55. Stephan Stach says:

    Simon-Dubnow-Institute Leipzig

  56. david hellier says:

    Please add my signature to the list. I am Deputy Editor of CityAM, a London-based free financial newspaper.

  57. Sarah Gormady says:

    Sarah Gormady
    University of New Hampshire

    I wish to add my name to the signatures above.

  58. I add my voice to support the letter.

  59. Vivika Lemke says:

    Ministry of Justice, Employment and European Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
    Russia Cooperation

  60. Dmitry Litvinov says:

    Russian State University for the Humanities

  61. Antony Polonsky says:

    I support this petition

  62. Mihai Popa says:

    Dear mister Figes,

    Here my support for your letter.

    Mihai Popa
    Historisch Café
    Amsterdam Holland

  63. Andrea Gullotta says:

    Andrea Gullotta
    PhD Student of Slavic Literature
    University of Padua

    I’m a collaborator of St. Petersburg Memorial, in Italy we’re making a subscription as well, we’re up to more than 60 names: you can read it in the main page of memorial-italia. I invite all the italians in this list to join the appeal by writing an email to: [email protected]

  64. Claudia Haager, Dipl. Psych. says:

    University of Freiburg, Germany
    Coaching and career counselling of international students

    supporting strongly

  65. Dr. Vera Ammer, M. A. says:

    Please add my signature to the list

  66. Madlena Kowar says:

    Universität Leipzig, Germany

  67. Marco Peiretti says:

    freedom and peace all around the world!!!

  68. Dr. Vera Ammer, M. A. says:

    Please add my signature to the list.

  69. drs. A.S. Stoffel says:

    translator, Amsterdam

  70. Emily Van Buskirk says:

    Emily Van Buskirk, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
    Harvard University

  71. Andreas Riedl,
    Economist, University of Augsburg

  72. Je m’associe totalement à cette initiative.

    Bernard De Backer
    Sociologue et chercheur
    Membre du comité des rédaction de la Revue nouvelle (Bruxelles, Belgique)

  73. Paolo Morawski says:

    YES, I want to sign the letter for Memorial,
    Paolo Morawski
    Co-Director “PL.IT” (Italian Annual Review of Polish Matters)

  74. Karen Rondestvedt says:

    Karen Rondestvedt, Ph.D.
    Curator for Slavic & East European Collections
    Stanford University Libraries
    Stanford, CA 94305-6004 USA

  75. Veerle Duflou says:

    University College of Translation Studies
    Ghent – BELGIUM
    I give my wholehearted support to prof. Figes’ initiative for the protection of Memorial’s invaluable research data.

  76. Valentina Parisi says:

    Independent scholar, translator

  77. Kathleen E. Smith says:

    I add my voice to support Dr. Figes letter. Memorial is an invaluable organization deserving our wholehearted support.

  78. Simone Guagnelli says:

    Co-Editor of the electronic journal eSamizdat [], review dedicated to Slavic Culture

  79. Massimo Maurizio says:

    Professor of Russian language
    University of Turin, Italy

  80. Sandro Archetti says:

    Lasciate vivere Memorial

  81. Greet Vanhassel says:

    I’d like to give my support to Dr. Figes’ letter.

    Greet Vanhassel
    Head of Russian Department,
    Artesis University Collega Antwerpen (Belgium)
    Conference and public services interpreter

  82. A chilling, Stalinist act. This precious and ireplaceable archive must not be lost.

  83. Photojournalist, Turin, Italy

  84. Samantha Sherry says:

    PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh

  85. Markus Meckel, MP says:

    Chairman of the Board
    Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur

  86. Dr Joop de Kort says:

    Department of Slavic Languages and Cultures and Russia Studies, Leiden University

  87. Dr. Julia Gerasimova says:

    I wish to add my signature to this letter

  88. Bohdan Klid says:

    Bohdan Klid
    Assistant Director and Research Scholar
    Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
    University of Alberta

    Please add my signature to the letter.

  89. Manfred Zeller says:

    PHD Candidate
    Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg

  90. Gert Terny says:

    visiting professor Higher Institute for Translators and Interpreters, Antwerp University Belgium, International Institute of Performing Arts Paris, Director European Lessac Centre

  91. Natalia Donig says:

    Department of History and Sociology
    University of Konstanz

  92. claudia zonghetti says:

    translator, Italy

  93. Konstantin Bogdanov says:

    Dr. Konstantin Bogdanov, Institute for Russian Literature (Pushkin House), Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg; Universitaet Konstanz

  94. Dr. Jaap Talsma says:

    Dept of History
    University of Amsterdam

  95. Fabio Limido says:

    to hide the past is create a worst future

  96. Drew Foxall, BSc MSc says:

    Drew Foxall BSc MSc
    DPhil Candidate
    University of Oxford

  97. Dr. Peter Deutschmann says:

    Dept. of Slavic Studies, Graz, Austria

  98. Danae Papastamatis says:

    I wish to add my signature to the above letter.

    D.P. MA Cantab

  99. Danae Papastamatis says:

    I wish to add my signature to the above letter.

    Danae Papastamatis, MA Cantab.

  100. Malte Griesse says:

    Specialist in Russian history
    University of Bielefeld / Centre Marc Bloch Berlin

    I would like to add my signature to the list and vividly express my support of the open letter to Dmitrii Medvedev, Valentina Madvienko, etc.

  101. Frank Mercelis says:

    Antwerp, Belgium

  102. Tom Caljouw says:

    I strongly support the open letter to President Medvedev etc.

  103. Richard Davies says:

    Archivist, Leeds Russian Archive, University of Leeds

  104. Peter Romijn says:

    Head of Research, Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) and History Department, University of Anmsterdam

  105. Erik van Ree says:

    University of Amsterdam

  106. Leslie Wilson says:

    Dr. Leslie Wilson MA, Ph.D
    Research Associate
    Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
    Yale University

  107. Nancy Richards says:

    I request that the electronic archives be returned to the Research and Information Center Memorial in St. Petersburg. Scholarship and truth are at stake here.

  108. Rudi Brückner says:

    If a Nation not want to look at the past than

    this Nation will not have a moral future.

  109. Igor Mokin says:

    Inostrannaya Literatura (Foreign Literature) monthly

  110. Caoimhe McCutcheon says:

    Please add my signature to the list.

  111. Ad van de Staaij says:

    Adam van de Staaij
    Den Haag, Netherlands

  112. H. Boland Ph.D. says:

    I support Orlando Figes’ letter to the russian president.

  113. Paul van der Woerd says:

    Translator, copywriter, editor
    The Hague region, Netherlands
    I do endorse this initiative wholeheartedly.

  114. Maria Poerzgen says:

    Please add my signature to the list.

    Mascha Poerzgen

  115. Kirsty McCluskey says:

    Translator and literature/history blogger.

  116. Magdalena Hadala says:

    Magdalena Hadala
    Ruda Slaska, Poland

  117. Ihor Kutash says:

    Lecturer in Eastern Christian Studies,
    Université de Sherbrooke, Université St. Paul (Ottawa)
    St. Andrew’s College (Winnipeg).

  118. Anastasia Kayiatos says:

    Anastasia Kayiatos
    Doctoral Candidate
    Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
    UC Berkeley

  119. Jan Sokol says:

    Please, add my signature to the list. I am a former Czech dissident, philosopher and former Minister of Education of the Czech Republic, now as Senior fellow at Harvard Divinity School.

  120. Glucksmann André says:

    I want , if you agreed, to add my signature.
    André Glucksmann, Philosophe, France

  121. Dr. Mahmoud A. Melehy says:

    Professor Emeritus
    University of Connecticut
    Storrs, CT, USA

  122. Witold Mazur says:

    Coeeresponcendenc secretary , Poloish Combatants’ Association in Canada, Brnch # 18 calgary, Alberta,
    JUstice may be blinf=d but ever so just.

  123. Erdin Beshimov says:

    Eurasia Researcher
    Harvard University

  124. Fabio Rigo says:

    Fabio Rigo
    “Laurea” Management Engineering
    University of Udine , Italy

  125. Federica Dini says:

    Festival Organizing Coordinator
    Pordenone Silent Film Festival – Le Giornate del Cinema Muto