“In recreating our Russian heritage, we will also contribute to the spiritual enrichment of the Russian diaspora in the UK,” a secretary of the organization says.TASS
The Russian diaspora in the UK have created a Russian Heritage in Great Britain committee. Its aim is to revive and save the memory of prominent compatriots that lived in the country at different times, according Julia Pliauksta, the committee’s secretary.
Russia and the UK have many historical and cultural ties. Over the centuries notable Russians have lived in Great Britain and have contributed to the development of the culture, science, art and literature of the country. The goal of the volunteer-run committee is to gather information about Russians that have had an impact on British life and ensure that the cultural memory about them remains alive.
“There are plenty of streets, memorial plaques, graves and historical facts,” Pliauksta noted. “In recreating our Russian heritage, we will also contribute to the spiritual enrichment of the Russian diaspora in the UK.”
Great Britain respects immigrants interested in supporting their roots and the Russian diaspora has already received assistance from UK social and cultural organizations for work on this initiative, says Pliauksta.
Several important aims of the committee include searching for and improving the condition of Russian graves in the UK, installing commemorative signs and naming new venues in Britain after prominent Russians. The committee will also create a catalogue of places that need restoration or memorialization.
In the near future the committee will restore the grave of Russian ballerina Tamara Karsavina and install monuments to naval pilot Victor Dybovsky and aircraft designer Sergei Ulyanin. There are also plans to install memorials to Russian poets Alexander Pushkin and Joseph Brodsky in London.
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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