RISS delegation visited Serbia to commemorate the martydom of the Imperial family

RISS delegation, led by L.Reshetnikov, the Director of the Institute, visited Serbia. On July, 17, the remembrance day of martyrdom of the Russian Imperial Romanov family, RISS delegation attended the liturgy at the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade, celebrated by His Holiness Irinej, the Patriarch of Serbia. After the service  the Patriarch Irinej together with the President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic  opened an exhibition «The Romanovs. Awakening of Memories», dedicated to the quarter-centenary of ascension to the throne of the dynasty.

President Nikolic said, that the exhibition and the monument to Emperor Nicholas II, installed in the centre of Belgrade, become «the symbols of the momentous friendship of the two nations».

The event was one among a series of events, telling about the role of Nicholas II in the history of Serbia and the Balkans. The exposition was organized by the Society for the Construction of the Church of Saint Sava.

The basis of the exhibition were the works of the famous Russian photographer Karl Bulla, the official photographer of the Emperor and the Imperial family.  The exhibition includes pictorial and graphic arts, documentaries about the last Russian Emperor and the family. The same day L.Reshetnikov met with President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic and Alexander Karadjordjevic,  Crown Prince of Serbia.

The next day RISS delegation went to Eastern Serbia to the national park on Tara mountain, the place hosting «School of Friendship», led by patriotic organization «Our Serbia». This summer the camp hosted 200 children from Serbia, Kosovo and Metohija, Montnegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Russia, Transnistria and Novorossia. Children from unrecognized Russian republics could come to the camp with the assistance of RISS and Russian businessman I.Savvidis.

RISS delegation also visited Mileseva monastery, founded in the 13th century by Saint King Vladislav. After the Liturgy Bishop of Budimlja and Niksic Joanikije Micovic and L.Reshetnikov discussed a number of questions on history, faith and orthodox brotherhood.