The International Non-Governmental Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (The Gorbachev Foundation) presents the Exhibition Center Mikhail Gorbachev: Life and Reforms.
Perestroika is a turning point in Russian and global history. The landmark events of the twentieth century associated with Perestroika and Mikhail Gorbachev are dismantlement of the totalitarian system and the birth of democracy in the Soviet Union and Russia; the end of the Cold War; the unification of Germany and democratic revolutions in the Central and Eastern European countries. While thousands of publications have been written about Perestroika and Mikhail Gorbachev, his personality and reforms are still surrounded with myths created by his political opponents and supporters alike.
The permanent Exhibit Mikhail Gorbachev: Life and Reforms was officially opened in the Gorbachev Foundation on March 11, 2005, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of Perestroika.
The Exhibit is meant to show the unique nature of the Perestroika era, all its controversies and drama in close association with the scale of transformations that changed the Soviet society, the nation and the world. Periodicals, books and posters of the 1985 -1991 time period convey the real-life spirit of Perestroika. Authentic documents from the papers of Mikhail Gorbachev and his associates along with the documentary sources from the Gorbachev Foundation archives allow the visitors to even better feel the difference between the realities of the Perestroika era and the numerous myths that appeared more recently.
The Exhibit’s two rooms with a total space area of 150 sq. meters, display over 500 items, including authentic documents and artifacts, well-known and unknown photos, medals, awards and gifts presented to Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev, and their personal belongings. The exhibits are accompanied by fragments from Mikhail Gorbachev’s Memoirs (published in Russian as Life and Reforms in 1995), which is now out of print.
The larger room is dedicated to the domestic and foreign policies of Perestroika and the radical changes that took place in the USSR and the world in the second half of the 1980s and early 1990s. The smaller room displays exhibits and documents concerning Mikhail Gorbachev’s family history and his party career in Stavropol before his transfer to the Central Committee’s headquarters in Moscow as agriculture secretary. A separate section is dedicated to Mikhail Gorbachev’s activities after his resignation as President of the USSR, and to the performance of the Foundation he established. A special section of the display is dedicated to Raisa Gorbachev (1932-1999), wife of the USSR President and the Soviet Union's First Lady.
Among the items on display the visitors can see Mikhail Gorbachev’s Nobel Peace Prize Diploma, his communist party membership card, an employment record book, his personal seals and facsimiles, certificates of the USSR President and of the CPSU Central Committee Generals Secretary, pens with which Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan signed the historical Soviet-US disarmament treaties.
The Exhibition Mikhail Gorbachev: Life and Reforms is the Gorbachev Foundation’s contribution to the study of Russia’s contemporary history. Along with the archives, library and reading room it is an integral part of the Archives and Exhibition Center.
The Exhibition Mikhail Gorbachev: Life and Reforms is open to all those interested in Russia’s contemporary history and willing to make own conclusions and know real facts rather than myths and speculations about Perestroka and Mikhail Gorbachev.
The Exhibition's authors see their primary goal in introducing the younger generation of Russians to the Perestroika era, its main architect and key actors giving them a chance to get a deeper understanding of the true history of their Motherland.
The Exhibition concept was developed by Vice-president of the Gorbachev Foundation Irina M. Virganskaya.
Designer team: Alexei Litvin, Armen Sargsyan.
The Exhibition Center organizes guided tours and lectures for schoolchildren, students, teachers, researchers, Russian and foreign citizens (preliminary application requested). The number of visitors – 8 to 25 persons per group.
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