The reform of national memory policy, which includes, among other things, the construction of memorial institutions and archival institutions, is once again outside of the state's attention. Funding cuts are being explained by pandemic challenges, while political and public support is being received, for example, by non-governmental projects that raise questions about the ethics of collective trauma practices and have dubious sources of funding.
No budget funds have been allocated for the reconstruction of the National Memory Archive for 2 years. The construction of the Heavenly Hundred’s Memorial has been blocked due to the arrest of the site and the fact that no verdicts have yet been handed down in the cases of those who shot the participants of the Revolution of Dignity. The Museum of the Revolution of Dignity has only just been able to begin drafting the working documents in 2021.
The implementation of the state concept of the project of the National Historical and Memorial Preserve Babyn Yar is not being done at all.
Instead of developing an effective mechanism for obtaining compensation for rehabilitated persons, only declarative and incapable resolutions appear (symbolically, they appear on the eve of the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression). The creation of the National Pantheon of Heroes remained at the level of several resolutions. Ukraine as a state is once again trying to distance itself from responsibility for the memory of the past.
As none of the previous recommendations have been implemented, the priorities of the reform for 2021-2022 remain the same. In some cases, threats to the recommendations have been added to the non-compliance.
Thus, the recommendations are:
To complete the reconstruction of the premises of the Sectoral State Archive of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory and begin the process of transferring the archives of the communist secret services of 1917-1991.
To start the implementation of the state Concept of integrated development (memorialization) of Babyn Yar with the expansion of the boundaries of the National Historical and Memorial Preserve Babyn Yar.
To unlock the construction of the National Memorial Complex of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes - the Museum of the Revolution of Dignity. To finalize the investigative experiments, lift the arrest from the land.
To complete the construction of the second phase of the Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide.
To develop a concept and create a Museum of Monumental Propaganda of the USSR.
To create an effective mechanism for compensating victims of the political repressions of 1917-1991. To harmonize the "social part" of the Law on Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repressions and the proposed compensation mechanism with the current legislation.
To develop a concept and hold public consultations on the creation of a National Pantheon of Heroes.