Ukrainian Institute of National Memory

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Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance
Formation31 May 2006
PurposeLegal, educational
HeadquartersKyiv, Ukraine
  • Lyps'ka str., 16a
Official language
Anton Drobovych

The Ukrainian Institute of National Memory (Ukrainian: Український Інститут Національної Пам’яті, UINM), also translated as the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, is the central executive body operating under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Established on 31 May 2006 as a special organ for the restoration and preservation of national memory of the Ukrainian people. From 2006 to 2010, it was a central governmental institution with a special status, while from 2010 to 2014 a research budget institution.


On 9 December 2010, the UINR was discontinued by a decree issued by Viktor Yanukovych and on the same day the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine created the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance as a research institution instead, within the budget from the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

According to historian Georgiy Kasianov, the Institute of National Memory from 2015 was under control of Ukrainian nationalist forces, specifically Center for Research of the Liberation Movement. These forces, which were not popular in Ukraine and which never managed well in the national elections, suddenly received a significant instrument to influence Ukrainian education and politics. This influence was blown up by Russian propaganda and used as one of the pretexts of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[1]


Decommunization of Ukraine[edit]

In May 2015, President Petro Poroshenko signed four laws concerning decommunization in Ukraine. The institute's director Volodymyr Viatrovych was involved in the drafting of two of these laws. The criminal sentences imposed by these acts and their phrasing came in for criticism within the country and abroad. The law "On access to the archives of repressive bodies of the communist totalitarian regime from 1917–1991" placed the state archives concerning repression during the Soviet period under the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kasianov, Georgiy (8 June 2022). ""Ukrainian Nazis" as an invented enemy". Russia.Post.
  2. ^ "US-Ukraine Business Council". Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  3. ^ "The New Director of the Ukrainian National Memory Institute: Historical Memory Policy is a Safeguard Against Repeating the Crimes of the Past". Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Drobovych appointed as chairman of Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance". Ukrinform. December 4, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "'Decommunization' in Ukraine Carried Out Using Communist Methods - Human Rights in Ukraine". Retrieved 17 August 2017.

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