A warm welcome to the new director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt

Reham El-Adawi , Sunday 14 Nov 2021

Marat Gatin was named as the new director of the Russian Cultural Centres across the entirety of Egypt. Previously, he served as a director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Alexandria since December 2018.

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Marat Gatin, the new director of the Russian cultural centers in Egypt

The Egyptian Association of Graduates of Russian and Soviet Universities sent a congratulatory message to Gatin when he was appointed.

Sherif Gad, the president of the association, offered his sincere congratulations to Gatin and wished him continued success and further progress and success in his new mission, pointing out that Gatin’s appointment reflects the desire of the Russian Federation to consolidate cultural relations with Egypt, given his great experience, and his wide-ranging achievements during his tenure as the director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Alexandria.

Fathi Toghan, the association’s secretary-general, expressed his happiness for Gatin’s appointment as the director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt, and wished for continued cooperation with the Alumni Association in order to build more bridges of communication between the Egyptian and Russian cultures.

“We look forward to organising a close meeting with him in the presence of a group of the graduates to discuss the cooperation plan for 2022,” Toghan said.

Gatin was born in the Republic of Tatarstan, graduated from Kazan State University and the Institute of Theology and Arabic Language at Al-Azhar University, and holds a master’s degree in the field of government and public administration from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

He was a consultant and director of the Department of Asian and African countries at the Department of Foreign Relations of the president of the Republic of Tatarstan.

He was also appointed as the director of the Department of Cooperation with Religious Societies of the presidency of the Republic of Tatarstan; and in December 2018, he became the director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Alexandria.

Gatin’s predecessor to the post was the diligent Alexey Tevanyan, who spent 12 years in Egypt, and has served as the centre’s director since 2017.

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