| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Russian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam is hosting an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War during World War II and highlight Russian diplomacy.
The exhibition was launched yesterday in commemoration of the Russian Diplomats’ Day, which is marked every February 10 following a Presidential Decree in 2002 to celebrate the founding of the Russian diplomatic service in 1549.
The exhibition themed ‘Russian Diplomacy from its Foundation to the Present Day’ is open to the public until middle of this week.
Foreign diplomats and military attaches, officials from ministries, members of the Brunei Women Council and Russians residing in Brunei attended the launch of the exhibition at StarLodge in Jerudong.
A renowned Soviet drama film ‘Only Old Men are Going to Battle’ was screened at yesterday’s event.
Russian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Victor A Seleznev, in his welcoming speech said the diplomatic service is all about people who were living and working in very difficult conditions at that time yet they and their family members showed incredible fortitude and endurance, devotion and selflessness.
He added that mankind during its long history has devised a lot of ways out of the bloodshed and extremely intricate explosive situations and this creative attitude has always been promoted by peaceful diplomacy with its immense potential.
The Russian Federation, added the ambassador, permanently strives to deepen the collaboration with its international and regional partners in view to preserve peace and stability.
“As one of the heroes of the film we are to see says, hatred is destructive, only love is creative. Let us allow ourselves to be sentimental and to state that modern diplomacy must correspond to the requirements of the modern times when collaboration is a must in the common interests of our nations,” he concluded.
Produced in 1973, the movie on World War II fighter pilots, written and directed by a renowned director and actor L Bykov, features the dramatic and tragic memoires of Soviet pilots both male and female, newsreels and wartime songs.
The art exhibition, on the other hand, among others showcases art exhibits of English explorer and navigator, Richard Chancellor, who was the first person to establish relations with Russia at a reception by the Russian Tsar.
Also showcased in the exhibition are a portrait of Peter I the Great, the ruler of the Tsardom of Russia who later transformed it into the Russian Empire, Emperor Alexander I who created the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1802, and a photo of Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Tehran Conference in 1943.