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Colombian citizen receives Pushkin medal for the first time in its history

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Colombian citizen receives Pushkin medal for the first time in its history


Director of The Leo Tolstoy Cultural Center in Bogota Consuelo Rodriguez received Russian Federation award for the significant contribution to development of cultural relations between Russia and Colombia, TASS reports. Russian Ambassador in Colombia Sergey Koshkin has presented the award to Mrs Rodriguez and thanked her for the such fruitful work.

Consuelo Rodriguez works at The Leo Tolstoy Cultural Center for more than 25 years, from the very beginning of of the processes of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Koshkin noted that Colombian enthusiasts have gathered around Consuelo, and they “were trying with all their heart to keep the Institute running and adopt it to the new realities.”

The Leo Tolstoy Cultural Center was founded in 1944 by the Soviet Union. After 1991 USSR has crushed the institution stopped receiving regular support from Soviet authorities. Despite that fact, under Consuelo Rodriguez's direction Leo Tolstoy Cultural Center has survived. It holds dozens of events, including Russian cinema and music concerts, Russian culture and language lessons.

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