The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London hosted the 6th conference “Russian Heritage in the Modern World: History. Culture. Identity”, organized by the society Russian Heritage in the United Kingdom. The conference was attended by scientists, journalists, filmmakers, folklorists, and local historians who came from different cities of the Republic of Belarus, the UK, Ireland, Poland, France, and Estonia. Online experts from Brazil and Ukraine also took part in the event.
In the framework of the conference, Professor of Keele University (UK) Valentina Polukhina was awarded with Rossotrudnichestvo’s award for strengthening friendship and mutual understanding between nations, contributing to the popularization of the Russian language, Russian science and culture in the world. The award was presented by the representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK Anton Chesnokov.
For many years, Valentina Polukhina, an honorary professor at Keele University, has studied the work of Joseph Brodsky. For the past few years, Valentina Platonovna has been transferring the Brodsky archives to the Foundation for the creation of the Brodsky Museum in St. Petersburg. Polukhina is the author of over 20 books and 100 articles. The professor’s work is highly appreciated by specialists from all over the world and personally by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. Last year Valentina Polukhina was awarded with the Russian state award, the Pushkin Medal.
Professor, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Dean of the International Relations Faculty of the Belarusian State University (Minsk) Viktor Shadursky introduced the audience to the life and work of the Soviet diplomat and statesman Andrei Andreevich Gromyko. French journalist and writer Dmitry de Koshko, great-grandson of the legendary Russian detective Arkady Frantsevich de Koshko, told the history of his family. Famous historian and Russian émigré Prince Dmitry Shakhovskoy gave a presentation entitled “Milestones of Russian self-consciousness and the Western world”.
Former prisoner of Auschwitz Eva Schloss shared her memories of surviving in the camp, of the release of Soviet prisoners by the Soviet troops and the postwar period. Eva Schloss is an honorary doctor of the University of Northumbria, a renowned lecturer who speaks around the world about the Holocaust; author of the book “After Auschwitz: A Story of the Heartbreak and Survival by the Stepsister of Anne Frank”. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire. During the conference, Eva called for the preservation of historical memory among the younger generation, using all available media channels and personal communication tools.
Other presentations, including Darya Protopopova’s “English modernists’ perceptions of Chekhov”, Elena Zakarite’s “Ivan Beshov. Difficult sailor from the battleship Potemkin”, archpriest Vladimir Petrushik’s “Archpriest Vladimir Petruchik: teacher and priest”, Yevgenia Shergalina’s “The uneasy fate of the brilliant entomologist Baranova (1887-1981)” took place in the framework of the conference.
The “Soboryane” Quartet (Grodno, Belarus) presented a musical programme. Awarding of the winners and participants of the Fifth International Children and Youth Literary and Art Competition “Towards the Russian-British Year of Music. Seven Notes between Russia and Britain” also took place in the course of the event.
The conference was moderated by Julia Plaukshta, secretary of the Russian Heritage in the UK Society.
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