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Published on Mar 29, 2012
Memorial Archive logs the brutal repression suffered by millions in former Soviet countries, demonstrating a fierce commitment to protecting human rights. It not only chronicles the crimes of the Stalinist period, but monitors current threats against those who speak out against injustice.
The Memorial Archive is a living tribute to the survivors of Soviet Russia, providing documentation that many have tried to bury. Its work is a vivid reminder of the vital but very real risk taken by those who speak out against repression. The award is particularly pertinent in Index's 40th year. As we explore our archive and its role in exposing international human rights violations, we are conscious of the often undervalued work of historians and archivists in keeping the memory of these violations alive.