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Russian center opens in Papua New Guinea

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Russian center opens in Papua New Guinea


The Russian center opened on December 12, 2019 in the National Library and Archive of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The ceremony was held as part of Days of Russian Culture in Papua New Guinea festival. Miklouho-Maclay Fund with the support of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russkiy Mir Foundation initiated the creation of the center.

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The opening of the first Russian center, created to popularize the Russian language and culture, is a historic event and returns the Russian presence in Papua New Guinea, the employees of Miklouho-Maclay Fund are sure. This makes it possible to preserve the achievements of Russian discoverers, scientists, diplomats, public figures and contributes to the development of bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and Papua New Guinea in all areas.

The plans of the center include screenings of Russian features, lessons of the Russian language, the introduction of visitors to the culture and folklore of Russia, etc. Another task of the center will be information support for Russians in Papua New Guinea.

Photo credit: Miklouho-Maclay Fund

The famous Russian scientist and traveler, director of the fund Nikolay Miklukho-Maklay spoke at the opening ceremony. The Russian ambassador to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea Lyudmila Vorobyova called the opening of the center a historical event.

Photo credit: Miklouho-Maclay Fund

Director of the National Library and Archive of Papua New Guinea Kakaito Kashi emphasized that knowledge of the Russian language provided many opportunities for development. The center will provide the means to study it on an ongoing basis. Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister’s adviser on cooperation with Russia MP Gary Juffa noted that the creation of the Russian center opened up opportunities for education in Russia for Guineans.

The first group of Guineans, who successfully completed online training of the Russian language under the St. Petersburg State Transport University program, received their certificates on the opening day. 

Photo credit: Miklouho-Maclay Fund

The Russian center is equipped with computers for online training of the Russian language, there is a selection of Russian features, Russian literature and software for access to the database of Russian books provided by the Russian National Library. The Russian National Library, St. Petersburg State Transport University, St. Petersburg State University, the Russkiy Mir Foundation, and the im. Miklouho-Maclay provided the books for the center.

Address: Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea National Library and Archives (734, Waigani, National Capital District, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea).

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