Last Address

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“Here lived Yeraterina Mikhailovna Zhelvatykh, typist, born in 1905, arrested 01/11/1938, executed 04/05/1938, rehabilitated in 1957”

The Last Address (Russian: Последний Адрес, Posledniy Adres)[1] is a civic initiative to commemorate the victims of repressions in the Soviet Union. The essence of the initiative is that simple people deserve to be commemorated, not only “VIPs” which typically receive memorial plaques. A small commemorative plaque (palm-sized) is installed on the houses known as the last residential addresses of those arrested. Every commemorative plaque is dedicated to one person only, with the project operating according to the motto “One name, one life, one sign.”


1 Description
2 Legal basis
3 Funding
4 Search for names and addresses of repressed persons
5 Installing memorial signs

5.1 In Moscow
5.2 In St. Petersburg
5.3 In Taganrog
5.4 In Perm and Perm Krai
5.5 In other cities

6 References
7 External links


This project is important for such things not to happen again. Those who know nothing about repressions will ask questions when they see the signs. Those who had witnessed them will remember them one more time.

Alexander Brodsky[2]
The project is the initiative of Moscow and St.Petersburg historians, civic and civil rights activists, journalists, architects, designers and writers. [3]
The project initiative had originated with journalist and publisher Sergey Parkhomenko, who saw in Germany the stones of the European Stolpersteine project to commemorate the victims of Nazism.[4] Within the scope of that project, over 45,000 memorial stones were set up in Germany and other countries of Europe. The organizers of “Last Address” intend to install a comparable number of plaques across Russia.
The memorial sign is a stainless steel plaque 11×19 cm with the information on the repressed person: his or her name, profession, date of birth, date of arrest, date of death, date of exoneration. The design of the memorial plaques is by architect Alexander Brodsky. The hole in the plaque symbolizes the missing photo.[4]
Legal basis[edit]
The project is based on the law “On exoneration of victims of political repressions” adopted in 1991. The law treats the period of political repressions in R