17 January 2018

Final Meeting of Organizing Committee for Anniversary of Russian Revolution

January 17th, the final meeting of the Organizing Committee dedicated to preparing events to commemorate the 100thanniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution took place at the All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art in Moscow.

The Chairman of the Russian Historical Society Sergey Naryshkin welcomed all the participants and MGIMO Rector, Anatoly Torkunov, also Chairman of the Organizing Committee,gave a talk on the main accomplishments of the committee during the past year. Anatoly Torkunov noted that the main lesson of the Revolution is the importance of human beings, which are at the very origin of world civilization.

A number of speakers made presentations concerning their participation in the commemorative events, including Yuri Petrov, Director of the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sergey Shakhrai, Chairman of the Board of the Russian Historical Society, Valery Fedorov, the General Director of the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre and other prominent academics.

A poll conductedin the framework of one of the studies by the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre revealed that the Russian public has changed its attitude towards the Revolution and has started to assess its consequences with more objectivity that previously.

At the end of the meeting, Sergey Naryshkin presented an award of the Russian Historical Society to the First Deputy Minister of Culture Vladimir Aristarkhov for his significant contribution to the organization of commemorative events and Anatoly Torkunov was in turn decorated with the medal of the Ministry of Culture for his work on this major project.

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