Repressed spirituality: The destruction of religion, churches and traditional rituality in Ukraine by of the communist regime

31 December 1969 - 31 December 1969

The exhibition was prepared by the International Charitable Fund “Ukraine 3000” (Head of the Supervisory Board is Kateryna Yushchenko) within the “History Lessons” program together with the State Archives Department of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Kyiv Department of the Vasyl Stus  Ukrainian Union “Memorial” and with the blessing of the Archbishop Supreme of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Lubomyr Huяar.

The exhibition consists of 20 posters. The purpose of the exhibition is to inform the world and the Ukrainian community about the destruction of the Ukrainian Church (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church), religiosity and traditional ritualismby the communist authorities, as they threatened the newly formed Soviet empire. The exhibition also tells about the underground functioning of the church in the 1950–1980s and its revival during the years of Ukraine’s independence.


PhD in History Olesia Stasiuk,

PhD in History Lesia Hasydzhak


PhD in History Volodymyr Viatrovych

Oleksiy Kopytko

Roman Krutsyk

PhD in History Iryna Prelovska

Ivan Hel

Doctor of History Volodymyr Pashchenko

PhD in History Serhii Kokin

The materials used in the exhibition are from:

Central State Cineman, Photo and Audio Archives of Ukraine named after H. Pshenychnyi

State Archives Department of the Security Service of Ukraine

Centre for the Study of the Liberation Movement

National Centre of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum”

Kyiv Department of the Vasyl Stus Ukrainian Union “Memorial”

Kyiv Scientific and Methodological Center for the Protection, Restoration and Use of Historical, Cultural and Reserved Territories and Reserved Areas

Institute of the History of Church of Ukrainian Catholic University

Lviv Museum of the History of Religion

Designed by

Tetiana Zhuravska, Olha Vashchevska