Yevgeny Ukhnalyov, Russian artist, died at 83

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Yevgeny Ilyich Ukhnalyov, born September 4, 1931 in Leningrad and died on September 3, 2015, he was a Russian artist.

He is a founding member of the Russian Guild of Heraldic Artists and the author of many state symbols of modern Russia including its coat of arms.

In 1997 he was awarded the People’s Artist of Russia title.

Ukhnalyov graduated from the visual arts school at Repin Institute of Arts in Leningrad and entered a Ship-Building Community College.

In 1948 he was arrested and sentenced to 25 years as an Enemy of the people.

He was sent to Vorkuta labor camps where he worked in coal mines. Later he worked as a designer in Sharashka in Kresty Prison in Leningrad.

On 22 June 1954, a year after the death of Joseph Stalin, Ukhnalyov was freed.

He worked in a few design institutes, as well as did some book illustrations.

In 1967 he found a job at the Hermitage Museum and soon became the chief architect of the museum. He worked there until 1975.

Since 1998 Ukhnalyov has being working as the Leading Artist of the Hermitage Museum.

As a painter he has participated in more than 40 exhibitions around the globe.

His works are on display in the State Russian Museum in Anna Akhmatova museum and private collections.

Ukhnalyov designed the Memorial to the Victim of Political Repressions in Petrograd – Leningrad on Troitskaya Square in Saint Petersburg.

The memorial is also known as the Solovetsky Stone. The monument is actually a 10-tonne granite boulder taken 50 meters from the place of mass executions of the prisoners of Solovki prison camp.

The rock is set on a polished granite base with inscriptions “To prisoners of GULAG”, “To victims of Communist Terror”, “To Freedom Fighters” and a line from the “Requiem” poem of Anna Akhmatova: “I wish to call all of them by name” The monument was unveiled 4 September 2002 in preparation for celebrations of 300 years of Saint Petersburg.

According to Solvki Encyclopedia Ukhnalyov and the architect of the memorial, State Duma deputy Yuly Rybakov, paid all the expenses personally including the transportation of the 10,400 kg boulder from the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea.

The Saint Petersburg city administration would not help financing the memorial despite significant budget allocated to celebrate the tercentenary of the city.