The work of the Andrei Sakharov Research Center is in 2021 particularly busy due to the fact that in 2020 events had to be postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions. In 2021 we will focus on the Andrei Sakharov Centennial (lasting from May 2021 until May '22) and the postponed Leonidas Donskis Conference on “Difficult Dilemma’s – the Role of Public Space and Museums in Remembering the Past”.
The month of May 2021 will be a “Sakharov Month” with a series of public activities. This includes a Sakharov exhibition in Vilnius (May 4-28), two film screenings (on May 10 and May 21), a Sakharov Birthday Concert (May 14) and the Sixth International Sakharov Hearings (May 13-15).
In 2020 the Andrei Sakharov Center started the organization of ‘Young Change Maker Events”. On January 30, we organized our first “Young Change Maker Dinner” at the Valdas Adamkus Library in Kaunas, bringing together a dozen students to discuss the main topics of the 2020-2025 “Reviving the Helsinki Spirit” program (for more information: www.revivingthehelsinkispirit.org).
A typescript journal, the Chronicle of Current Events (Хроника Текущих Собитии) was produced every 2-4 months in Moscow by the human rights movement in the USSR. It offers a unique, uncensored and continuous account of life inside the Soviet Union from 1968 to 1982. Starting with reports from Moscow and Leningrad the periodical’s network of contacts and sources of information expanded over the following 15 years until it regularly included about human rights violations (the persecution of believers, the identity of those imprisoned for their beliefs in prisons, labour camps and psychiatric hospitals) from Ukraine, Lithuania, Armenia and other parts of the USSR.
The Andrei Sakharov Research Center contributes to the development of a pluralist and democratic society in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
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