LAUNCHING OF “RUSSIA TODAY” MAGAZINE AT THE
Belgrade, 22 December 2009 – With support of
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II and under auspices
of H.E. Mr. Alexander Konuzin, Ambassador of the Russian
Federation to Serbia, the Magazine “Russia Today” was officially
launched tonight at the Royal Palace.
This luxurious monthly edition magazine with
more than 300 pages is devoted to Russia, its culture, history,
arts, fashion, sports, politics and all topics of interest
related to Russia Today. It is the first magazine in the world
published in a language that is not Russian with the aim to
comprehensively present Russia today.
On behalf of His Royal Highness Crown Prince
Alexander II, Mr. Dragomir Acovic and Mr. Dusan Babac, members
of the Privy Council welcomed the guests and wished them much
success with the new magazine. H.E. Mr. Alexander Konuzin,
Ambassador of Russian Federation to Serbia spoke about the
importance of this project for Russia and for the development of
the traditionally excellent relations between Russia and Serbia,
Montenegro and Republika Srpska, where the magazine will be
H.E. Mr. Alexander Konuzin, also spoke about
his vision of the future development of this project, and
presented the first issue which will include articles about
Puskin, Medvedev, Mihalkov, Putin, Patriarch Kirill, Gagarin,
but also Momo Kapor, Leonid Sejka, Petar Skundric, Slava
Vladisavlic, Mateja Kezman.
Head of Russian Orthodox Church in Serbia
Archpriest – Staurophor Vitaliy Tarasjev warmly thanked HRH
Crown Prince Alexander for his hospitality and reminded that
Crown Prince Alexander’s grandfather, HM King Alexander I gave
refugee to many Russian artists, and hired some of them, like
Nikolai Krasnov, to paint the basement of the Royal Palace.
Guests had the opportunity to view an exhibition about the long
and close Serbia –Russian relations through history. Among many,
they could see items of the Russian Department of the Military
Museum as well as a collection of icons from the Russian
Orthodox Church in Belgrade and two paintings from the art
collection of the Royal Palace (Ivan Konstantinovich Ivasovsky
“Christ walking on water” and Alexei Hansen “Sea landscape”).