MGIMO Hosts International Conference on Russian Revolution

MGIMO Hosts International Conference on Russian Revolution

27 September 2017

September 27th, the first event of a two-day scientific conference dedicated to «The Russian Revolution of 1917 and its place in the history of the 20th century» unfolded at MGIMO.

MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov kicked off the conference with a welcome word and spoke about the events of 1917, their historical significance and their impact on current-day Russia. Despite the decades spent studying the history of the Russian Revolution, the chronology of many events of that period remains unclear, noted the Rector. The Revolution had a major impact on the history of the world in the 20th century, and it defined the path of Russia’s development from then on.

Anatoly Torkunov also shared with the audience the welcome addresses to the conference from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky, the Chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Grigory Trubnikov, the Chairperson of the Council of the Federation Committee on Science, Education and Culture Zinaida Dragunkina.

The conference gathered leading scholars from Russia, France, China, Britain, South Korea, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia and other countries. The different speakers emphasized various aspects of the Russian Revolution, underlining the lessons that can be learnt from revolutionary events, the importance for civil peace and the future of Russia to discuss the past and the need to preserve an objective historical memory.

The event was co-organized by the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, MGIMO, the Russian Historical Society, the International Committee of Historical Sciences, the State Academic University for Humanities and the International Association of Institutes of History of CIS countries.

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