The Russian A. I. Solzhenitsyn Museum and Informational Cultural Center opened on May 31 in Kislovodsk.
Solzhenitsyn’s birthplace, Kislovodsk, is a spa town on the north slope of the Caucasus Mountains, and near the steppes (prairies) of southern Russia. Solzhenitsyn’s grandparents farmed in this region. Although the home where he was born and the church where he was baptized were both destroyed, the home that once belonged to his aunt, Maria Gorina, and where he lived as a toddler, remains. The State Literature Museum restored the home so that it could serve as the site of the new museum.