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On the Compatriots Descendants of Great Russians Conference


On July 7-8, a conference entitled “Compatriots Descendants of Great Russians,” organized by the Government’s Commission on the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad (GCACA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, took place in Moscow.

Sergey Lavrov, GCACA Chairman and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, opened the conference. Congratulatory messages came in from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia to the forum.

Taking part in the event were the descendants of M. I. Glinka, A. S. Pushkin, A. M. Gorchakov, P. A. Stolypin, S. Y. Vitte, L. N. Tolstoy, F. I. Chaliapin, V. V. Mayakovsky, I. I. Sikorsky and of the Dolgoruky, Trubetskoy, Sheremetyev and other families. The chairs of the select committees of both chambers of the Russian Federal Assembly, priests of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, senior Russian Nobles’ Assembly officials, and those from public and nongovernmental organizations and scientific institutions represented the Russian side.

The conference demonstrated its participants’ striving for further collaboration and solidarity in the interests of preserving and developing the overseas Russian world, constructing friendly relations with the historical Homeland.

At the concluding session, a resolution of the conference was adopted in which its participants especially noted the importance of preserving and supporting the seats of Russian culture, traditions and Russian historical relics abroad. The resolution emphasized that to perpetuate the memory of outstanding figures of the past and members of the Russian emigration, it is necessary to strive to establish symbolic signs and restore the monuments to great Russians that were destroyed after 1917. In particular, it was suggested that one of the city streets or a metro station in Moscow should be named after P. A. Stolypin.

The conference supported holding commemorative events in different countries of the world on the occasion of the 210th birth anniversary of A. S. Pushkin, and continuing research on the history of the Russian Diaspora.

On the last day of the conference, the compatriots visited Svyato-DanilovMonastery where a litiya for the repose of a famous compatriot, journalist and patriot of Russia, Pavel Khlebnikov was served, and the Armory Chamber and Archangel Cathedral of the Kremlin.

July 9, 2008