British and US academics appeal to Russian Minister of Justice in suppport of Memorial

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11 November 2014

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November 10, 2014

Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation A.V. Konovalov

For the attention of S.I. Kislyak Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the U.S.A.

Dear Minister Konovalov, We are writing to express our highest appreciation of the activities of the Memorial Society and our full support to the letter that our French colleagues have written to you regarding the situation that has recently emerged around Memorial and threatens this very important center of historical research in Russia with closure.

Together with French colleagues, we urge you to use all your power and influence to find a solution to the problem of Memorial's legal status so that this distinguished learned society can continue its efforts aiming at preserving Russian historical memory, fostering historical research, and contributing to a better understanding of the twentieth-century tragic history.

The better we understand the past and the more open we are in our discussions of it, the more chances we have to prevent making the same mistakes that could again lead to the same tragedies.


Jeremy Adelman, Professor, Director, Global History Lab, Princeton University
Gleb J. Albert, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Zurich
Catherine Allan, Senior Executive Producer, tpt National Productions
Ian Appleby, translator
Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Director Institute for the Study of Human Rights and SIPA, Columbia University
Jonathan Bendor, Professor of Political Economy, Stanford University
Svetlana Boym, Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literatures, Harvard University
Jonathan Brent, Executive Director, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Jeffrey Brooks, Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford
Wayles Browne, Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University
Leonid Bunimovich, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Robert Chandler, Translator
Ammon Cheskin, Lecturer in Nationalism and Identity, University of Glasgow
Edith W. Clowes, Brown-Forman Professor, University of Virginia
Nancy N. Condee, Professor, Director, Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Richard Conn, Attorney
Wim Coudenys, Lecturer in Russian and European History and Culture, Academic coordinator for international relations, KU Leuven / Antwerp Campus
John Dewey, Writer and translator
Sasha Dugdale, Translator / writer, Sussex UK
Anna Dvigubski, Lecturer in Russian, Barnard College
Gisela Erbsloeh, Medienautorin
Mieka Erley, Assistant Professor, Colgate University
Mikhail Epstein, S. C. Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature, Emory University, USA
Dr Friedrich Firsov, Professor of History, Moscow
Michael Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University
Dr Siggy Frank, Department of Russian & Slavonic Studies School of Cultures, University of Nottingham, University Park
Juliane Furst, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of Bristol, UK
Anne Marie Jackson, Translator
Boris Gasparov, Boris Bakhmeteff Professor of Russian Studies, Columbia University
Elena Glazov-Corrigan, Associate Professor, Director of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Emory University
Karen Hewitt, MBE, Oxford University and Honorary Professor of Perm State University
Jeffrey A. Hosking, Distinguished Academician, Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor Emeritus of Russian History, University College, London
Caroline Humphrey, Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK
John Earl Haynes, Political Historian, Library of Congress, USA
Sam Hodgkin, Ph.D. student, University of Chicago
Robin Jacoby, Professor, Oxford
Shoshana Keller, Chair, Department of History, Hamilton College
Catriona Kelly, Professor of Russian, University of Oxford
Dina Khapaeva, Professor of Russian, Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History, Emory University
Elizabeth Kiss, President & Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, Agnes Scott College
Evgeny Kissin, musician
Thomas Kitson, Independent Scholar, New York
Nikolay Koposov, Visiting Distinguished Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mark Kramer, Director, Cold War Studies, Harvard University, and Senior Fellow of Harvard's Davis Center for Russia and Eurasian Studies
Ludmila Shleyfer Lavine, Associate Professor of Russian, Director of Russian Studies, Bucknell University
Stephen Lovell, Professor of Modern History, King's College London
Maria Mälksoo, Senior Researcher in International Relations, University of Tartu
Julia Mannherz, Associate Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford
Brendan McGeever, Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow
J. K. McLaughlin, International Epidemiology Institute USA
Melanie Moore, translator
Gary Saul Morson, Professor of Slavic Languages, Northwestern University
Alexander Nakhimovsky, Director, Linguistics Program, Colgate University Hamilton
Alice Nakhimovsky, Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies and Jewish Studies, Director, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Colgate University
Joan Neuberger, Professor, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin
Dr Edward Nye, Fellow of Lincoln College and University Lecturer in French, University of Oxford
Kerry Pannell, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the College, Professor of Economics, Agnes Scott College
Natasha Perova, GLAS New Russian Writing
Richard Pipes, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Kevin M. F. Platt, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University
Cathy Popkin, Jesse and George Siegel Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
Kirill Postoutenko, Ikerbasque Visiting Professor, University of the Basque Country
David Powelstock, Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Brandeis University
Anson Rabinbach, Professor of History, Princeton University
James Rann, Lecturer in Russian at Queen Mary University of London and translator
Caroline Rees, Translator
Anna Reid, Writer and historian
Ritchie Robertson, Taylor Professor of German, University of Oxford
Alti Rodal, Co-Director, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter
Berel Rodal, Board Director, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter
Sharon Werning Rivera, Associate Professor of Government, Hamilton College
Marian Schwartz, Translator, Austin, Texas, USA
Robert Service, PhD, St Antony's College, Oxford
Dr Samantha Sherry, Leverhulme Fellow in Russian, University College, Oxford
Irina Shevelenko, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History, Yale University
Cynthia Simmons, Professor of Slavic Studies, Boston College
Volodymyr Sklokin, Visiting Research Fellow, Harvard University
Douglas Smith, Historian, Seattle, USA
G. S. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Russian, University of Oxford
Gabrielle M. Spiegel, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
Juliette Stapanian-Apkarian, Associate Professor of Russian, Emory University
Carol B Stevens, Professor, History Department, Colgate University
Tony Swift, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Essex
Joanna Szostek, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London
Arch Tait, Translator
Marek Tamm, Professor, University of Tallinn
William Mills Todd III, Harvard College Professor, Harry Tuchman Levin Prof. of Literature
Dr Anna Toropova, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge
Kate Tunstall, University of Oxford
Tomas Venclova, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures Yale University
Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Dr Jonathan Waterlow, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in History, University of Oxford, UK
Leon Wieseltier
Faith Wigzell, Emeritus Professor, UCL-School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London
Justin Wilmes, Ohio State University
Christine D. Worobec, Board of Trustees and Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, Northern Illinois University
Emmanuel Zingeris, MP, Parliament of Lithuania
Dr Josephine von Zitzewitz, Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge