The Soviet totalitarian regime, seeking to subdue and control, destroyed tens or even hundreds of thousands of its own civilians, regardless of age, gender, status, or profession. Very often whole families were subjected to total repression. In many cases, the fates of the wives or children of those repressed in Kyiv during 1937-1941 remain unclear. And those who survived passed on their pain and longing, as well as the memory of the Great Terror to their descendants, who now can be scattered around the world. In order to unite the families of the repressed, as well as to widespread information about Bykivnia burials outside Ukraine, in 2020 the Reserve launches for the first time an English-language version of our electronic project "Bykivnia Tragedy: Names from Nameless Graves". We hope that it will be useful to our foreign readers and partners, as well as to all who are interested in the history of Ukraine.
According to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 11.03.2020 No. 211 "On preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ukraine", taking into account the decision of the State Commission on Technological and Environmental Safety and Emergencies, restrictive measures are introduced from March 16, 2020 till April 3, 2020.
On March 5, 2020, a delegation of deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, accompanied by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Ukraine, Radek Matula and representatives of the Embassy, visited the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnia ".
March 5, 2020 marks 80 years since the start of the so-called Katyn execution - one of the crimes committed by the USSR authorities during the Second World War. The truth about the Katyn tragedy has been hushed up for decades, and the search for the names of the victims of Soviet terror continues up for today.
On February 15, 2020, at the invitation of Chernihiv Central City Library named after M.M. Kotsyubynsky, the residents of the city were able to listen to the lectures "The Word Broken in Bykivnia" presented by the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya".
On February 12, 2020, the secretary of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya" Valeriy Filimonikhin and the head of the Department of International Relations Olga Ozolina met with students of the Kyiv State College of Tourism and Hotel Management.
February 8, 2020 the grand opening of the photo exhibition "Church of the Martyrs: Persecution of Faith and the Church in the 20th Century" took place in the refectory of the church Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves in the territory of the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. The organizers of the new exhibition were the National Kiev-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve, the National Historical and Memorial Reserve “Graves of Bykivnya”, the Central State Photographic and Phonographic Archive of Ukraine named after G. Pshenichny, the Kiev Theological Academy, the Center for the Study of the Heritage of New Martyrs and Confessors of the 20th Century.
January 18, 2020 The National Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnya was visited by representatives of the administrations of the cities of Tomaszow Lubelski (Poland) and Vasilkov (Ukraine), led by their mayors - Wojciech Zhukovsky and Vladimir Sabadash, as well as members of the Polish children’s folk group Roztoche.
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.
January 5 marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of Vasily Verkhovniets (Kostiv) - the Ukrainian composer, conductor and choreographer, the first theorist of Ukrainian folk dance, who was shot by NKVD on April 11, 1938 in Kiev.