Alexander Solzhenitsyn, November 16, 1974.AP
In 2018 Russia will mark the centennial of the birth of Russian writer and Nobel Prize laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. On July 5, 2016 the organizing committee of the Year of Solzhenitsyn festival announced that a statue would be unveiled. Plans are also in the works for a potential museum to be located on Tverskaya ulitsa, Moscow’s main thoroughfare.
“Aleksandr never received a propiska [a residency permit used to control migration during Soviet times] for Moscow,” says his widow, the writer Natalia Solzhenitsyna. “He was effectively banned from living in the capital. In spite of this, before we were exiled, we lived in an apartment on Tverskaya, where our sons were born. This apartment houses some of Aleksandr’s significant mementos. This place deserves to become a museum to honor him.”
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