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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UNESCO Boss Pledges Help

The director general of UNESCO, Frederico Mayor, has ended a three-day visit to Russia by pledging cooperation on scientific and cultural projects including the restoration of the Bolshoi Theater and St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum.

Here on his first official visit since the Soviet Union dissolved, Mayor returned to Paris on Saturday after meeting President Boris Yeltsin and top Russian ministers, said Vladimir Gai, deputy secretary general of UNESCO's Russian National Commission.

The agreement, signed Saturday, includes a pledge from the U. N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to help the Russian Academy of Sciences prevent "brain drain" - the flight of scientific and technical experts from the country - in addition to a general promise to help preserve and restore several historic buildings.

"UNESCO has already sent two missions to Moscow to study what should be done for the Bolshoi Theater", Gai said.

UNESCO also vowed to help preserve the cultures of Russia's national minorities, and to conduct a study into its educational system. Other joint projects include preparing a strategy to standardize Russian computer systems with those used in Europe and Asia, and supporting existing Russian publishing houses.