The Institute’s research work depicts the birth and spread of communist ideology and its different manifestations as a state ideology as the result of seizing power, as underground subversive activity aimed at the violent seizure of power and the establishment of the so-called dictatorship of the proletariat, and also as legal political activity in democratic societies. The objects of research are the methods of communist propaganda for finding supporters in the era of underground subversive activity as well as in communist regimes, and the means for securing communist rule. An important field of research is the influence of communist ideology and the legacy of the rule of communist regimes in democratic societies in the 21st century.
The Institute supports and fosters the research work of scholars (social scientists, primarily historians, political scientists and lawyers) in corresponding fields of research. It also holds international scholarly conferences once a year.
Museum of the Crimes of Communism
The Museum and International Research Centre of Crimes of Communism – Red Terror Museum deals with the history of countries and peoples that fell victim to the crimes of communist regimes as a consequence of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The objective of the museum and research centre is to conduct scholarly research of the crimes of communist regimes, to preserve this information and to convey it through permanent and temporary exhibitions, scholarly literature, and teaching and informative materials.
Education and Public Awareness
The Institute offers training programmes for teachers, youth workers, pupils and university students, and also programmes aimed at the public at large. We create and distribute informational and teaching materials, along with teaching methods that raise awareness of the nature and history of communist regimes and the ideologies that guide them, and of the harm caused by them.
The Institute is a partner of Estonian governmental agencies in domestic and international cooperation in the field of research and raising awareness of the harm and damage caused by communist regimes. We take part in organizing the commemorative events dedicated to the victims of crimes against humanity and the fight against inhuman regimes (including the Holocaust, March deportation, June deportation, commemorative days of victims of communism and Nazism and the Resistance Fighting Day).
The Institute manages and develops the database of the Victims of Communism Memorial in Tallinn, and the Nazism victims’ database, and updates them constantly in accordance with research results.