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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rare diplomat on the territory of culture

Diplomats, as we know, people are closed, the uniforms of all the buttons buttoned. The profession requires you to stay in the shade, with a distance from publicity. But in the diplomatic corps there was one person a few years had to be a public Minister of culture of Russia. Alexander Avdeev, Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Vatican today celebrates the anniversary.

Photo: Zimin, V. G.

Of these, as he said: “a Real intellectual. White bone”. Exactly in 2008, he was out the country when the diplomat with a serious track record (worked in the diplomatic missions and embassies in Algeria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Bulgaria, occupied major positions in the Ministry of foreign Affairs) was appointed Minister of culture of the country. Remember, many were surprised by the appointment, but the diplomat was not only taught the lesson of good manners (ability to float, dialogue, etc.), but in four years has done so much that not everyone is a professional of culture able to do.

Now with the name of the diplomat Alexander Avdeev connect some very serious steps. He advocated increased funding of culture, and over the years his work in the Ministry, the volume of state support of culture has increased by 25% to 94 billion rubles. He established a cultural exchange between Russia and foreign countries, resulting in successfully took place from the Years of Russia—France (2010), Russia— Russia and Spain—Italy (2011), Russia—Germany (2012-2013).

When a scandal erupted around the construction of a tower “Okhta-the Centre” in St.-Petersburg, Alexander immediately took a principled stance: “Our view is negative; we will take decisive action to prevent the construction of a skyscraper” and was sent to the Prosecutor of St. Petersburg Rosokhrankultura conclusion. It is not forgotten. And by the way, it is students of art schools are obliged by the fact that they have kept postipandi, charging mechanism which was proposed to be revised. Dealt with issues of “Lenfilm”, and shortly before leaving office Avdeev has signed an important order “About the statement of borders of territory of object of cultural heritage of Federal importance places to visit “Borodino field and the monuments on it”. He extended his contract with the Lithuanian Director Rimas Tuminas, around which then a scandal broke out, resulting in the Vakhtangov now is the industry leader. When Avdeeva ended the reconstruction of the Bolshoi started updating the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and the restoration of the Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt, the reconstruction of the Summer garden in St. Petersburg.

To my question “what for you was working in the Ministry of culture?” Alexander A. said: “It was the happiest and most difficult time for me”.

In General, the diplomat was not random, but highly effective and rare specialist is not on-site. Incidentally, he’s the only rare collection — 100 prints “Liberation by Russian troops of the Balkans from the Turkish yoke”.

The wording “MK” congratulates Alexander A. happy birthday.


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