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12:40 PM  February 15, 2021

Tomsk NKVD Museum will expand twice after renovation in 2021

© РИА Томск. Tomsk NKVD Museum will expand twice after renovation in 2021

TOMSK, Feb 15 – RIA Tomsk. The Russian Fund "Perpetuating the Memory of Victims of Political Repressions" (Memory Fund) bought out for the Tomsk memorial museum "NKVD Remand Prison" the adjacent room in a building at 44 Lenin Avenue; after the renovation the area of ​​the museum will double, it will update the exposition and open a cafe, museum director Vasily Khanevich told.

Earlier it was reported that in 2019 the Memory Fund helped the Tomsk Museum "NKVD Remand Prison" to raise funds for the purchase of premises at 44 Lenin Avenue, where the main exhibition is located. The owner (a local entrepreneur) intended to sell this property, and in order to keep it for the museum, the head of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights was involved in the negotiations.

According to Khanevich, the fund has bought other areas on the basement floor, where the internet cafe was previously located, and in 2021 they will be transferred to the museum.

"The exposition of the memorial museum will be expanded. In the part where there was an internet cafe, there will be an exhibition hall and the entire infrastructure of the museum: reception area, cafe, documents center, library and premises for employees. All this will be a single whole, as it was planned at one time at the very beginning, in the 1990s", – the agency's interlocutor said, noting that the museum's area will more than double.

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The Memory Fund plans to create several museum centers in Russia dedicated to the history of political repression. "Such a Center is being created on the basis of our museum, but it will still be located in the structure of the regional museum of local lore", – Khanevich said.

"When the center for the protection of monuments signs all the approvals (the building is still historical), the renovation of the museum will begin, it will be closed to visitors. A completely new exposition will be more modern. The walls where they were removed will be restored, additional doors will be added", – Khanevich added, having specified that the renovation will begin in 2021.

Earlier it was reported that the state museum "NKVD Remand Prison" is located in the basement, which from 1923 to 1944 was the inner prison of the Tomsk city department of the NKVD.

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