Alexey Rakhmanov Greeted the Collegium of Naval Museums

On February 9, in St. Petersburg, on the basis of the Central Naval Museum, the VIII Collegium of Naval Museums traditionally began its work, which was attended by representatives of the museum divisions of the USC Group, including Proletarsky Zavod, Nevsky Design Bureau and SNSZ.

In his address to the forum participants, the head of the USC, Alexei Rakhmanov, outlined the special significance of holding the Board in the year of the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great. According to him, the USC and the Association of Naval Museums together solve the important task of preserving and popularizing the maritime heritage, because the corporation has about 20 museums at enterprises from Kaliningrad to Komsomolsk-on-Amur.” “We strive to make them more accessible to everyone who loves the maritime history of our country. This requires new approaches, modern technologies and highly qualified specialists. A regular exchange of ideas at the Association site can be of great help in this,” said Alexei Rakhmanov.

Ruslan Nekhai, director of the CVMM, noted that during the course of the Board there will be master classes for museum workers from the best specialists of the CVMM and St. Petersburg, who will talk about the problems of museum development and share their work experience. He also announced the opening of an exhibition of portraits of Peter the Great at the TsVVM, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the first emperor.

Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation – Head of the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Gennady Zhidko stressed that military museums are entering a new period of development. “Becoming more and more attractive to visitors every year, they are gaining great prestige in the professional community and helping to strengthen the positive image of the Russian armed forces,” Zhidko said.

During the plenary session, the Director of the Department for Interaction with State Authorities and Public Organizations of USC Nikita Pichugin also spoke. He spoke about the corporation’s joint projects with Russian museums, among which a special place is occupied by the restoration of the legendary nuclear submarine K-3 “Leninsky Komsomol”, which is now being run by the Kronstadt Marine Plant (part of USC). “The creation of a museum on the basis of the first Soviet nuclear submarine can become one of the central projects for the Association of Naval Museums,” Pichugin said. In addition, he invited the members of the Board to join the joint project of USC, the Russian Historical Society and RIA Novosti “Sea Power”, whose total audience exceeded half a million visitors, and also to take part in the preparation of events,

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