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Stalin museum to open in Russia

A museum dedicated to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin will be opened in the village Khoroshevo in Tverskaya region, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of Moscow. The suggestion for establishing such a museum came from the Russian Military Historical Society, headed by the minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky. Regional officials have approved the suggestion.

According to the Russian historical and civil rights society Memorial, the museum will be established in the historic house of Soviet collective farmer named Kondratyeva, where Stalin stayed briefly in August 1943. The museum will be opened on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

Organizers will depict Stalin “as a general, a statesman, the leader of a country, a politician and an organizer.” The exhibition will focus on several themes: “10 Stalinist blows,” “Stalin’s contribution to victory in the war,” “The role of Stalin in industrial evacuations,” and “Stalin as a symbol of Soviet achievements and victories.”

After the war, Kondratyeva’s collective farm cottage became a military history monument. A library was opened in “Stalin’s house,” and inside the house was small memorial, which was closed in the late 1950's and reestablished in 1983. On August 5, 2013, on the 70th anniversary of Stalin’s visit to the cottage, a memorial plaque was put on the side of the house.

Other changes in museum administration are taking place throughout Russia. On March 3, 2015, it was announced that the museum of political repressions Perm 36, a Gulag museum located in Perm Region of Russia, has been taken over by a new administration. The Gulag was the government agency in the USSR that administered forced labor camps during the Stalin era.

According to the Russian historical and civil rights society Memorial, Perm 36 will now be a state-run museum and will feature exhibits about Gulag workers rather than Gulag victims. The first exhibit will showcase the security measures of the camp.

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