National historical and memorial reserve "Graves of Bykivnya" is looking for materials related to mass political repressions of the 1930s-1940s in Kiev and the region, to replenish collections.
On September 9, 2019, a group of historians from Germany, the USA, the Netherlands and Ukraine visited the National Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnia. The group was accompanied by a Ukrainian historian, doctor of historical sciences, head of the department of modern history and politics of the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Georgy Kasyanov.
On September 2, 2019, a group of students from different cities of Switzerland - Basel, Zurich, Bern, Fribourg, visited the National Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnya. The group was accompanied by a Ukrainian historian, doctor of historical sciences, head of the department of modern history and politics of the Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Georgy Kasyanov. Young scientists are united by participation in the initiative Ukrainian Research in Switzerland - URIS, which is implemented in 2017-2019. The purpose of this initiative is the development of Ukrainian studies in Switzerland, the encouragement and support of young scientists, and the development of a network of university research in Ukraine.
On August 16, 2019, on the territory of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnya the participants of the XIX International Katyn Rally honored the memory of the Poles and other victims of the communist regime buried in the Forest of Bykivnya. This year the event was attended by representatives of the public organization Rajd Katyński (Katyn Motorbike Race), representing different cities of Poland, as well as Polish cultural and educational societies in Kiev and Ukraine.
On August 5, 2019, on the territory of theNational Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnia, the ceremonial opening of the exhibition dedicated to repressed peasants was held.
On June 25, 2019, employees of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnia" met with colleagues from the National Museum "Holodomor Victims Memorial".
May 30, 2019 an event to commemorate the historian and public figure Adolf Kondratsky was held in the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya ".
On May 19, 2019, in the territory of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve “Graves of Bykivnia” a commemoration of the victims of political repression was held with the participation of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, representatives of the government, the Verkhovna Rada, the Kiev City State Administration, the diplomatic corps, relatives of the repressed and the public.
On the secret special stage of the NKVD of the Ukrainian SSR in the Bykivnya Forest, tens of thousands of victims of the "Great Terror" found their last shelter. According to historians, the total number of those shot and buried in Bykivnya can amount from 20 to 100 thousand people. Among them there are priests and scientists, peasants and workers, artists and writers, actors and engineers, composers and civil servants. However, it is very important to see behind huge figures individual fates, personal stories and specific names. Graves of Bykivnya are fraternal, but not nameless. COME AND COMMEMORATE EVERYONE!
On May 15, 2019, on the eve of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression, a photo documentary exhibition “Crossing the Kyiv Styx” was opened at the Kyiv City Council and Kyiv City State Administration.