PORT MORESBY - The National Library and Archives will today host the opening ceremony of the Russkiy Mir (Russian World) Centre in Papua New Guinea.
The Miklouho-Maclay Fund with the support of the Russian foreign ministry and the Russkiy Mir Foundation initiated the creation of the centre.
The opening of the first Russian centre, which will popularise the Russian language and culture, is a historic event and returns the Russian presence to PNG.
This makes it possible to preserve the achievements of Russian discoverers, scientists, diplomats and public figures in PNG and contributes to the development of bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and Papua New Guinea.
The centre will screen Russian features, hold Russian lessons and familiarise visitors with the culture and folklore of Russia.
The Russian ambassador to PNG, Lyudmila Vorobyova, and the founder of Miklouho-Maclay Fund, Nikolay Miklukho-Maclay, will take part in the opening ceremony, as will prime minister James Marape and other senior officials.
A folk group will sing the anthem of the Russian Federation for the first time in PNG’s history.
The Russian National Library, St. Petersburg State University, the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Miklouho-Maclay Fund and other institutions helped to equip the centre.