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Russian Center Opens Its Doors in Mainz
The opening ceremony for the Russian Center of the Russkiy Mir Foundation in Mainz, Germany, was held on May 30, 2014. The center, the foundation’s fourth in Germany, was opened at the office of Phoenix e.V. Mainz, which was established 10 years ago.
The participants of the opening ceremony included Russian Consul General in Bonn Evgeny Shmagin, Director of Phoenix e.V. Mainz Irina Kobyletski as well as local officials and politicians. The delegation from the Russkiy Mir Foundation was led by Executive Director Vladimir Kochin.
In his welcoming remarks Vladimir Kochin noted that Phoenix had done an enormous amount of work toward the popularization of the Russian language among German youth. Thanks to this organization special classes are taught in Mainz in Russian, including geography, mathematics and Russian history.
“This society has a great reputation among the regional authorities and it receives some support from them. We are very glad that the Russkiy Mir Foundation has for several years now been cooperating with such a partner, first open a Russkiy Mir Cabinet and then transforming it into this center. We are confident that what the Russkiy Mir Foundation has given as a gift will be put to use very effectively,” Kochin said.
Mrs. Kobyletski drew attention to the fact that the Russian Center will play a special role in the public life of Mainz. “The Russian Center, firstly, will become a little island of the kindness and love which predominates in our society and, secondly, it is a small window through which one can get a glimpse of contemporary Russia.”
Russkiy Mir Foundation Information Service