Concreteness as a procedure. Contribution to a history of Memorial

Simone Guagnelli

(Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro)
E-mail: simone.guagnelli[at]
ORCID: 0000-0003-4195-3070
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2023.05.13
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2023, nr 1

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The present article offers a brief history of the Russian non-governmental organisation Memorial, a recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from its origins in the 1980s to the present day. It also proposes an attempt to create a bibliography which could be used for a larger monographic volume, a more detailed work capable of going into more detail about the founding instances of the most important cultural movement of resistance in Russian and post-Soviet society. The nearly simultaneous invasion of Ukraine and the banning of Memorial make the publication of such a work urgent. It would not only outline the organisation’s development but also become a manifesto of concrete common action for a new Europe arising at the end of the conflict, which could thrive on the shared themes of historical memory and the defense of civil rights