From perestroika to today’s world: an exhibition on Russia’s recent past opens in Moscow

From perestroika to today’s world: an exhibition on Russia’s recent past opens in Moscow
Visitors will see unique documents, photographs and video footage covering the last 30 years in Russia.

The Museum of Contemporary History of Russia opened its first exhibition after completing renovations. Titled “Russia. 21st Century: Challenges of the Times and Development Priorities,” it covers the period from perestroika all the way to the present day.

The project’s key feature is the combination of genuine museum pieces with modern multimedia technology. “This makes the exhibition a multimedia presentation of Russia’s recent past based on eyewitness accounts, a documentary chronicle, unique documents and museum objects blended with cutting-edge technology to present this information,” said Irina Velikanova, the museum’s director general.

The interactive exhibition enables visitors to get a feel of that period. The project features more than 10,000 original documents, photo images, audio clips and video materials that reflect various aspects of social, political, economic and cultural life in the country over the last 30 years.

“Today, the museum is happy to present the outcome of very important efforts that were undertaken within a very short timeframe. This is a unique exhibition that brings together a plethora of artefacts with the latest technology. We have created a wonderful and solid foundation for making further progress in our research,” Russian Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilyeva said.

The exhibition includes items from the inauguration ceremony of first President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev and first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, personal belongings of members of parliament and prime ministers, as well as the pen Vladimir Putin used to sign the agreement on the accession of the Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation.

In addition, visitors will also see fragments of barricades and the belongings of those who protected the White House, a blanket with an inscription ‘Don’t shoot at us!’ that hostages in Budyonnovsk placed in the window, a capsule with the first sample of Arctic oil, and many other things.

Having toured the exhibition, visitors can move to an interactive pavilion to test how well they are versed in Russian history.

The exhibition facilities will not fail to impress visitors. A cutting-edge media space was created near the central entrance leading to the museum shop, while what used to be office space for museum staff has now been transformed into state-of-the-art exhibition halls.

“We have been renovating this museum for three years now, conducting major repairs here and there. The façade, the basement, sculptures and the roof were restored, and moving forward, we intend to renovate the interiors. Starting next year, the museum’s branches will also be up for renovation. The former English Club building should become one of the most popular museum venues in Moscow,” Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky said.