The Memorial in Gallipoli
The project on restoration of the monument dedicated to officers of the Russian army and their family members, representatives of the Russian army who appeared to be on the remote Dardanelles peninsula (Gallipoli, Turkey) as a result of the Civil War is of great significance for the "Russian world" programme.
It’s symbolic that at the opening of the monument, which coincided with the date of the first anniversary of reunion of the two branches of the Russian Orthodox Church on 17 May 2008, in addition to representatives of the Foundation there were descendants of the people whose fathers and grandfathers were leaving Crimea with their families in 1920–1921. In order to acknowledge the merits of our joint efforts Bishop Mikhail, upon the application of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Vladimir I. Yakunin, was granted a Russian citizenship in December 2008.
In November 2010 the Government of the Russian Federation issued the order on putting the monument in Gallipoli on the books (the town of Gelibolu, The Republic of Turkey) in order to officially acknowledge the efforts of our public organizations in the project of restoration of the monument in Gallipoli as part of the international programme "Russian world". Therefore, we can say that the "Gallipoli project" of the programme of the "Russian world" Funds became an unprecedented occasion when an initiative of public organizations was supported by the state that took charge of burial places of Russian people abroad.