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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UNESCO Opens in Moscow

Frederico Mayor, the director general of UNESCO, opened the Moscow office of the UN organization Wednesday at a ceremony attended by leading Russian representatives of cultural, academic and religious groups. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is involved in programs to help modernize the Lenin Library, advise on the reconstruction of the Bolshoi Theater and establish a 10-year fundraising program for the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The ceremony was attended by members of the Academy of Sciences, representatives of the Culture Ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church, the director of the Kremlin Museum and various other prominent figures from the local cultural and scientific community. Mayor thanked the Russian government and the city hall for providing a restored mansion on Shukino Ulitsa in central Moscow to house the UNESCO offices.