About the program

The educational project “Personalities of the Russian Community Abroad. 1920-1945”

The project is dedicated to the impact our compatriots living outside of Russia had on the history and development of the world civilization.

The main idea of the project is to draw attention to personalities who deserved more attention from the public than the one they had. The project is going to reveal the past historical events and destinies of certain people that will help both bring the Russian Community Abroad and Russia closer and develop the international public dialogue.

From March 16 until the middle of May pages of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called on Facebook and Vkontakte will present small articles about outstanding people of the Russian Community Abroad. We would like to ask everybody who cares for the Russian history to share the articles, for this information on the contribution of personalities of the Russian Community Abroad into development of the world community in the XX century to be available for as many of our compatriots as possible!

The project is dedicated to the 100th anniversary the Exodus of the Russian Army from Crimea in 1920 as the event of great importance for the world history that had a particular impact on the history of the Russian Community Abroad. The topics of the project follow the themes of the Foundation’s several international projects aimed to support the Russian cultural presence in Europe, to establish collaboration and dialogue on the international arena, to unite our compatriots living in different countries over the world.

We tried to focus on three spheres of human development such as culture, science and technology.

The project covers the period from 1920 to 1945. These were the years when the phenomenon of the Russian Community Abroad was established. The second date is also connected with WWII when disruption within the Russian Community Abroad took place with the following changes in dynamics and continued “dissipation” of Russian people around the world while before the war most part of Russian exodists were located in Europe, in the Old World. The Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called has successful experience in relevant youth interactive projects, such as “Russia 1917: Images of the Future”, “Civil War: Mirrors of the Epoch”, “The Vulnerable World: from the League of Nations to the UNO”.

Partners of “Personalities of the Russian Community Abroad” project are as follows:

The Alexander Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad, The Russian Historical Society, The Russian Military Historical Society, MGIMO University under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation,  The Moscow Region State University, The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing, The Yaroslavl State University, The Kursk State University.