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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has destroyed a historic computer museum

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Earlier this week, Club 8 bitone of the largest private computer museums in Ukraine, was destroyed during the siege of MariupolKotaku learned the news of the event after its owner, Dmitry Cherepanov, shared the fate of Club 8-bit on Facebook.

“That’s it, the Mariupol computer museum is no longer there,” he said said on March 21. “All that remains of the collection that I have been collecting for 15 years are just fragments of memories on the museum’s FB page, website and radio station.”

Club 8 bit collection included more than 500 pieces of computer history, with items dating back to the 1950s. Gizmodo visited the museum in 2018, describing it at the time as “one of the largest and coolest collections” of Soviet-era computers found anywhere in the world. It took Cherepanov over ten years to collect and restore many of the PCs showcased in Club 8-bit. What makes the museum’s destruction even more harrowing is that it documented a shared history between the Ukrainian and Russian people.

Fortunately, Cherepanov is still alive, but like many residents of Mariupol, he has lost his home. If you want to support Cherepanov, he has open a PayPal account that accepts donations to help him and other Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war, almost 10 million people have been displaced by the conflict, making it the fastest growing refugee crisis since the second world war.

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