Volunteering Action in Honour of Serbian-Russian Friendship

A large volunteering activity of landscaping the Russian graveyard has been organized today at the Russian Necropolis in Belgrade, to commemorate hundred years since the end of the World War I and 180 years from establishing diplomatic relations between Serbia and Russia. The action has been organized by NIS Company, in cooperation with the Russian Centre and Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Serbia.

The event was attended by the Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, Defence Minister in the Serbian Government, Mr. Goran Vesic, Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Mr. Alexander Chepurin, Ambassador of Russian Federation in Serbia, Mr. Kirill Tyurdenev, CEO of NIS Company, as well as representatives of Gazprom Neft and NIS companies.

Russian Necropolis in Belgrade is one of the largest resting places of the Russian emigration in the world. But before all, it reminds us to the most glorious period of Serbian-Russian companionship – when the Tsar Nikolai II brought Russia in the World War I in order to help Serbia, which opened its doors to around 40 thousand Russian refugees only a few years later. Importance of Russian Necropolis has been recognized by Gazprom Neft Company, which helped in renewal of this complex, consecrated in 2014 by the Patriarch of Moscow and the entire Russia Kirill, and the Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

Prior to beginning of today’s volunteering activity, Serbian Patriarch Irinej welcomed all the present people saying: “We are on a holly resting place of numerous bodies of Orthodox Christians and our Russian brothers who gave their lives in fight for freedom of our people. Therefore, we are grateful for their sacrifice as they gave life for what is most valuable, and that is for their fellow men. Many Russians have found their refuge here, their second homeland and as a result, numerous Russian scientists, professors, architects, historians and doctors who had come, increased the level of our science with their knowledge, and that is why our people is thankful eternally.“

Nadezda Kushenkova, Director of Russian Centre for Science and Culture “Russian Home” in Belgrade

Nadezda Kushenkova, Director of Russian Centre for Science and Culture “Russian Home” in Belgrade was quoted as saying: “Dear friends, we gathered today symbolically here, at the New Cemetery, on the day of the First World War centenary and 180th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Serbia. This complex was consecrated by patriarchs Kirill and Irinej, and it was renewed in 2014, as an effect of close cooperation between Gazprom Neft, Russian Embassy and Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church. I would like to use this opportunity to render my special gratitude to NIS Company and its CEO, Mr. Tyurdenev.”

Goran Vesic, deputy Mayor of Belgrade

Goran Vesic, deputy Mayor of Belgrade stated that Russian emigration has left indelible footprint in development of Belgrade, especially in the period after the World War I. “That is why this Russian Necropolis in Belgrade is the monument of not only Russian-Serbian friendship, but also the monument of all those things that people fleeing from Russia have left to our city. It is up to us to guard the memory of all the people from Russia who have participated in development of Belgrade, as well as our friendship, and today we may proudly say that we do not guard only monuments, but that we also build new common future. One of those examples is also the cooperation that NIS Company has with Belgrade and which allocates each year, a part of its funds for beautifying the city, thus showing that it is a socially responsible company that wants to leave evidence in the city in which it operates.“

Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin

Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin has said: “Serbs and Russians share their history, not only because they were born as Slavs, but also because they are Orthodox, they have shared it since they pursue common values that have always aligned them on the same side. We are here today to confirm once again that values of freedom are, in fact, the rights of choice and decision-making. Imagine that there were no contributions of Serbs and Russians in victories during the World Wars I and II; would the world history be written in the same way? Who would have ruled the world? This monument reminds us that we should not be lesser than our ancestors. Relations of Serbia and Russia and relations of joint future.“

CEO of NIS, Kirill Tyudenev

CEO of NIS, Kirill Tyudenev has said on this occasion: “Both in Serbian and in Russian language, volunteering is the word denoting good will: good is the aim, and will is the highest power of each man, and all that we do in this way has a special significance. This place has special symbolism, because when we respect our past, we understand value of the future. Connection of our peoples is centuries long and strong, and in front of this unique monument of heroism, history and culture, we become close with those whose homeland is Russia, and the resting place is Serbia. It may be a duty, but also a privilege. Volunteering actions are frequent in NIS, and it is a way of thinking and practice of assistance to community for us. We are proud that acts we do for others build better things in ourselves. I am positive that today’s day will bring a new valuable dimension for all of us.“

Alexander Chepurin, ambassador of Russian Federation in Serbia

Alexander Chepurin, ambassador of Russian Federation in Serbia thanked to all those who responded to this noble activity and proclaimed the volunteering action opened.

Russian Necropolis was founded during twenties in the past century, within the New Cemetery in Belgrade, and about 400 Russian emigrants were buried here. Necropolis represents the resting place of a large number of prominent Russian scientists, army commanders and church dignitaries, who had found second homeland in Serbia after emigration. As a socially responsible company, NIS endeavours through this volunteering action, to preserve memory of our ancestors’ feats and to continue strengthening the Serbian-Russian relations.


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