"... you are still drinking warm air from the throats, and again I'm meditating deliriously from the interrogation for interrogation along the corridor ..." (I. Brodsky)
The 20th century was a severe test for Russia. The most massive state terror occurred in 1937-1938. Shocking chronicles of those years were described by A. Solzhenitsyn in the work "The Gulag Archipelago". For those who read it, something in the picture of the world turns forever - the state has shot hundreds of its own citizens, sent millions behind bars. And this went on for two-thirds of a century. To preserve the memory of the victims for ages, the Monument to the Victims of Political Repressions was created, which was opened in 1995 opposite the Crosses, a symbol of those horrific decades. The monument is permeated with drama. Its basis is two sphinxes facing each other. Their faces are divided into two parts. One is ordinary, and one that looks at the Crosses, as if rotten to the bone. Freedom and slavery, life and death, joy and overwhelming horror were at that time not only close, but practically inseparable. And this is the main idea of the author of the monument. Between the Sphinxes are four granite stones, folded so that they form a miserable prison window.Around the sphinxes - a few tablets. They engraved the words of A. Solzhenitsyn, I. Brodsky, A. Akhmatova, O. Mandelstam and many other artists.