Russian expats’ council promotes an accurate image of Russian culture in Egypt

Reham El-Adawi , Saturday 27 Nov 2021

The 27th session of the Coordination Council of the Russian Expatriates (CCRE) this past week confirmed that Russian expatriates are part of Egyptian society, and play a crucial role in reinforcing relations and cultural exchanges.

The Coordination Council of the Russian Expatriates 27th session
Russian ambassador to Egypt Georgiy Borisenko, New director of the Russian Cultural Centers in Egypt Marat Gatin, the Russian consul Turpal Autaev and representatives of the Russian associations in Cairo, Alexandria and Hurghada pose for an image in Russian Cultural Centre in Dokki, Cairo, Egypt on 19 November, 2021. Al-Ahram

Ludmila Salama, CCRE head in Egypt, opened the 27th session of the council on 19 November in the presence of Russian Ambassador to Egypt Georgiy Borisenko, at the Russian Cultural Centre in Dokki.

For his part, Borisenko expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by Russian citizens in Egypt and their great contributions to spreading contemporary Russian culture.

He stressed that the Egyptian-Russian relations are going through a good phase in an atmosphere of cooperation, involving several major projects in Egypt and the exchange of official visits, the latest of which was Egyptian foreign minister’s visit to Russia.

Also attending the session was the new Director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt Marat Gatin, the Russian Consul Turpal Autaev, President of the Egyptian Association of Graduates of Russian and Soviet Universities Sherif Gad, together with Director of the Russian School Valerii Pribytkov, and representatives of Russian associations in Cairo, Alexandria and Hurghada.

Salama praised the efforts of the Russian community in various Egyptian cities and their keenness to connect with the motherland, organise various national activities and celebrations, and form artistic groups and a youth union to contribute in presenting an accurate contemporary image of the Russian culture to Egypt.

Gatin stated that the Russian houses in Cairo and Alexandria are open to the Russian community, offering various activities to be a bridge of communication between the two peoples and cultures. He also expressed his pride in the great efforts exerted by the CCRE, adding that he is organising with the council a number of activities in 2022.

The Russian consul Autaev explained the consulate’s procedures that Russian citizens must follow, adding that they must abide by the laws in Egypt. "There are facilities and discounts for members of the Russian community in registering their papers and documents at the consulate," he stressed.

Gad pointed out that the association is keen to attend the meetings of the CCRE to discuss cooperation in the near future, "as we have already co-organised an artistic celebration for the Russian Cultural Days in the heart of Cairo at Al-Moez Street, and a visit by members of the association and the council is being arranged to 57357 Hospital."

Wrapping up the event, the Russian Centre screened a documentary on the activities undertaken by members of the Russian associations in Cairo, Alexandria, and Hurghada.

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