The Russian Feredation will donate 1 million USD to the Perpetual Fund of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.
In a special statement the Russian Embassy in Warsaw emphasised that the international support of the Foundation is a "common moral duty" and it "serves the mission of upkeeping the memory about a huge number of the victims of the nazi camp and other crimes against humanity".
The Perpetual Fund of the Foundation is to gather 120 million euros. The income created by the Fund will finance the preservation work at the Auschwitz Memorial, which was created on the site of the largest German Nazi concentration and extermination camp – the only such object in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Donation declarations of over 100 million euro have been gathered so far. Among the largest donor countries to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation are: Germany, the USA, Poland, France, Austria, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel and – from now – Russia.
On 27 January 2013, on the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz the new Russian exhibition entitled “Tragedy. Valour. Liberation”