MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
To the sounds of the national anthems of the Russian Federation and the Hellenic Republic, the exhibition “Battle of Navarino. 200 years since the start of the Greek War of Independence. “
The opening ceremony of the exhibition was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic to the Russian Federation Mrs. Ekaterini Nassika, representatives of the Consulate General of the Hellenic Republic and other diplomatic missions accredited in St. Petersburg, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg Sergey Markov, management and staff of the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great.
Deputy Director of the TsVMM Alexander Chernavsky, addressing the participants and guests of the ceremony, expressed gratitude to the Greek side for their help in organizing the exhibition and noted that its exposition presents unique items from the museum collection, which allow the language of documents and models of ships, works of art, weapons and uniforms to visualize the events of two centuries ago.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic to the Russian Federation Mrs. Ekaterini Nassika congratulated those present on the opening of the new exhibition, emphasizing that it begins work on October 20, when in 1827 the combined fleet of the great powers – England, France and Russia won a fateful one for Greece victory in the Battle of Navarino, paving the way for the creation of a modern Greek state.
Paying tribute to the memory of the Russian sailors who died in the Battle of Navarino, which is an event of special importance for Greece, Mrs. Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the Russian Federation said that the centuries-old depth of Greek-Russian friendship and long-term interaction of states are being replenished today with new prospects for cooperation.
The first deputy chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of St. Petersburg Sergei Markov, noting that today’s event is one of those that unites representatives of the two states for good deeds.
The right to open the exhibition, cutting the traditional red ribbon, was granted to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hellenic Republic to the Russian Federation, Mrs. Ekaterina Nassika, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg Sergei Markov and Deputy Director of the TsVMM Alexander Chernavsky, who, having performed an honorary mission, invited the guests of the ceremony to inspect the exposition, the author’s excursion was conducted by the curator of the exhibition, researcher of the TsVMM Alexander Strankovsky.
The models of the 74-gun ships “Azov”, “Alexander Nevsky” and “Ezekiel”, the foundation board of the 44-gun frigate “Konstantin”, which distinguished itself in the Navarino battle, helped the guests of the exhibition to feel the atmosphere of the events of two hundred years ago. The spotting scopes belonging to the commander of the Azov flagship M.P. Lazarev.
Numerous drawings, engravings and paintings by such masters as I. Aivazovsky, S. Shiflyar, R. Brandard, L. Blinov, I Zhaze, A. Plyushar, A. Mayer helped the first visitors of the exhibition to visually present all the vicissitudes of the Battle of Navarino as presented by Alexander Strankovsky and others. The overall picture was supplemented by unique documents from two centuries ago, for the provision of which to the exhibition the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great thanks the Russian State Archives of the Navy and its director V.G. Smirnov.
The defeat of the Turkish-Egyptian fleet contributed to the victory of Russia in the future Russian-Turkish war of 1828-1829 and the national liberation struggle of the Greek people.
We hope that the exhibition will allow visitors to better understand the specifics of the battle and understand the development of events during this historical period in the Mediterranean.
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