Solzhenitsyn Monument to Be Erected in Moscow

PHOTO by Vladimir Zinin / TASS

A monument to writer and Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn is to be erected in Moscow, the TASS news agency has reported.

Eighty commemorative events have been planned to mark the author’s centennial anniversary in 2018, including the opening of Solzhenitsyn memorial museum apartment on Moscow’s Tverskaya Street.

A number of other events will take place in cities across Russia, with a larger museum dedicated to the author’s life in city of Ryazan. Solzhenitsyn lived in the city for 12 years, there writing his masterpiece One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

The statue will be erected on Moscow’s Solzhenitsyna Street, using money from the Solzhenitsyn Aid Fund. The finished design will be decided via a competition held by the Ministry of Culture.

Proposals have also been put forward to ask UNESCO to designate 2018 as the Year of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Born in 1918, Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and the Gulag prison system. The writer spent eight years in a labour camp after criticizing Soviet leader Josef Stalin, and was then sent into internal exile. His most famous work, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, published in the Soviet Union in 1962, describes a single day in the life of a Gulag prisioner.

He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970.