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Dostoevsky family estate to become museum

Dostoevsky family estate being restored in Brest Region’s Ivanovo District

By Andrey Asmolovsky

The Culture Ministry of Belarus has addressed the Union State Executive Committee with the request to fund the project, which was discussed at a meeting between Belarusian PM Mikhail Myasnikovich and Russian PM Vladimir Putin in late 2011. The initiative is backed by Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Viktor Zubkov, who believes the project to be of great importance to the development of cultural co-operation between our countries.

Fiodor Dostoevsky is a literary icon worldwide, so it is fitting that his family estate should house an exhibition dedicated to his life and work. The estate was partially destroyed in 1943 and completely fell to ruin in the 1960s.

As Culture Minister Pavel Latushko tells us, his ministry is planning to open new cultural and information centres to promote Belarus abroad. In 2013, one will open in Moscow and, some time ago, a similar centre was set up in Warsaw. Cultural and information centres are to present our tourist opportunities — following liaisons between the Ministry for Sports and Tourism and the Culture Ministry.

From May 8th-10th, the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre is to perform in London; a presentation on Nesvizh Palace and Park Estate is being organised in the UK capital on the eve of this event.

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