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Moral Resistance to totalitarianism

at the Meeting of Rimini

In its 2010 edition the Meeting of Rimini features many events concerning figures of moral resistance to Soviet totalitarianism.
Among them we mention:

23 August
3.00 p.m. - Caffè Letterario - D5
Solzenicyn, by Ljudmila Saraskina
Presentation of the book edited by Adriano Dell’Asta, author of the introduction.
Moderator: Camillo Fornasieri, Director of the Centro Culturale di Milano. Speakers: Mara Dell’Asta of Fondazione Russia Cristiana; Gabriele Nissim, essayist and writer, Chairman of Gariwo.
Information is available in Russian on Ludmila Saraskina's Website

22 - 28 August
Danzig 1980. Solidarnosc.
Exhibition curated by Sandro Chierici, Annalia Guglielmi, Daria Rescaldani.
Click here for "Solidarnosc, the movement for a democratic Poland."
Special feature by the Editorial Staff with the contribution of Annalia Gugliemi.

23 August
9.45 p.m. - Arena D3
Marija Judina, the pianist who moved Stalin. (in Italian)
Show devoted to the life of the Russian pianist presented through music, text and video.
To learn more: (in Italian)

24 August
ore 11.15 - Sala A4
Marija Judina. La musica di Dio. (Marija Judina. The music of God).
Presentation of the book and projection of the documentary film on the artist's life. Directed by Jakov Nazarov.
To learn more: (in Italian)

22 August 2010

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the Soviet labour camps

GULag is the acronym, introduced in 1930, of Gosudarstvennyj Upravlenje Lagerej (General Direction of the lagers).
In 1918, with the beginning of civil war, the Soviet system created a broad network of concentration camps for the political opponents of the newly created Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (the USSR). In 1919 the Soviets created the forced labour division. Forced labour was designed to socially redeem the detainees according to the very Soviet constitution. Besides the economic and punishment function, some lagers also worked in order to murder the deportees.

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Anatoly Marchenko

was a Soviet dissident, author, and human rights campaigner