Virtual Platform: Rethinking the Soviet Past

Virtual Platform: Rethinking the Soviet Past – the post-Soviet Georgian society’s attitude towards the Soviet past and history is characterized in two ways: on the one hand – tabooing and erasing this epoch from memory, on the other hand – turning it into an idol, a myth, and feeling nostalgic.

Open Access to Information and Justice

Soviet Past Research Laboratory (SovLab) with the support of National Endowment for Democracy will implement a project to promote understanding and discussion of Georgia’s Soviet legacy and the realities of totalitarian societies.

Lost Stories: Memories About Repressed Women

In 2012, the Soviet Past Research Laboratory, with the financial support from The Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (dvv International), will conduct a project – “A Lost Story: Memory about the Repressed Women”.

Regional Platform: Rethinking The Soviet Past

The project was started by the Soviet Past Research Laboratory in the end of November 2011 and its duration is one year. The project is implemented with the support of the Open Society Georgia Foundation.

The specific activities to be conducted as part of the project are as follows:

Soviet Tbilisi

Soviet Tbilisi – In 2011 Soviet Past Research Laboratory is working on the project “Soviet Tbilisi”.
A new virtual tour – Soviet Tbilisi – will be developed within the project. The tour will include up to 20 architectural sites, places or events connected with the history of Soviet Tbilisi depicting Soviet lifestyle. The tour will also be placed on the web-site of Soviet Past Research Laboratory.
The publication “Red Terror Topography” will be issued within the scope of the project. Essays of Georgian authors purposefully written for this collection will be included in the publication.

Red Terror Topography

There are buildings, located in Tbilisi but unknown for the most part of the population, which used to house state institutions connected with Stalinist terror and repressions; buildings where victims of political repressions used to live and where they were arrested; buildings where notorious and unknown executioners used to live.

2011 Calendar

Soviet Past Research Laboratory offers you a thematic calendar for 2011. The idea of the project implied discovering houses, buildings and streets in the old part of Tbilisi, particularly in Mtatsminda and Sololaki, where the most important period of Soviet epoch – Stalinist repressions, known nowadays as the Big Terror – was taking place.