Petitioning President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin

Do not allow the destruction of the public Museum named after N.K. Roerich!

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The cultural heritage of Nicholas Roerich, the great Russian artist, is of paramount significance and recognized in many countries of the world. It includes over 7000 paintings, dozens of literary, scientific and philosophic works. The peace-making and humanistic ideas of Nicholas Roerich represent an invaluable contribution to the Russian and world treasury of culture. The Russian Academician D. S. Likhachov called Nicholas Roerich “a hero and devotee of culture on a worldwide scale”, and the former minister of culture of Russia A. A. Avdeev considered Roerich as "one of the greatest humanist of the XX century".

The leaders of the Soviet Union realized the great significance for the country of Nicholas Roerich's heritage, therefore they endorsed in 1989 the initiative of his younger son Svetoslav Roerich to transfer without any compensation whatsoever from India to Russia the heritage of his parents with the purpose of establishing a museum named after Nicholas Roerich in Moscow. The two main conditions of Svetoslav Roerich were accepted by the Soviet leaders: the status of the museum must be non-governmental and it is to be housed at the Lopoukhins’ Estate in Moscow.The guarantees given by the Soviet government were duly stated in the respective documents. Svetoslav Roerich then founded the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR) with the non-governmental Museum named after Nicholas Roerich as its main core, and bequeathed to the ICR that part of his parents' heritage which belonged to him.

The International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR) met the expectations of its founder. For more than 24 years of work now, with the support of the public and the donations of its Maecenas, without any government financing whatsoever, the ICR restored literally from the ruins the architectural monument "The Lopoukhins’ Estate" and established a world-class museum The ICR has held traveling exhibitions of paintings by Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerich in Russia and abroad (visited up to this moment by over 4 million people), it organizes annual international scientific conferences, it carries out extensive publishing activity (more than 200 books published), it issues the "Culture and Time" magazine (praised with the badge of honour “the Press Golden Fund”), it holds lectures, festivals of folk art, exhibitions of contemporary artists-cosmists, etc. The ICR activity is honoured with high international, governmental and public awards and appreciated by renowned and influential international organizations (the UN, UNESCO, the pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage “Europa Nostra” and others).

However it turned out that high achievements cannot ensure the safety and the stable existence of the non-governmental Museum in Russia. At present the Museum is on the verge of extinction:

–The Ministry of Culture of Russia headed by Mr. V. R. Medinsky is aiming at taking away from the ICR the Roerichs heritage, thus destroying the non-governmental Museum;

–For many years now  the Moscow City Property Department has been delaying granting the ICR the preferences on the rent of the Lopoukhins' Estate to which it is entitled (the non-governmental Museum is housed in the Lopoukhins' Estate). As a result, the rent arrears now amount at 24 millions of roubles (more than 570 000 euros);

–The Museum Maecenas has no longer the possibility to provide assistance, and the Museum does not have the means to continue its existence.

Therefore we are addressing Mr. Vladimir V. Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, with an appeal to prevent the destruction of the non-governmental Museum named after Nicholas Roerich and provide assistance to the Museum: we ask the President to preserve its non-governmental status, to grant to it for permanent and free use the Lopoukhins’ Estate and to give it government financial assistance. 

We would like to draw the attention of all those who are not indifferent to our appeal and to ask them to disseminate it among their friends and acquaintances. With our joint efforts we shall preserve the Museum named after Nicholas Roerich for the culture of Russia and the whole world! 

 

The petition has been already signed by:

Georgy N. Foursey, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, President of the International League for Protection of Culture, Honored scientist of Russia, Laureate of the State Prize, Doctor of Mathematics, Professor

Oleg L. Kuznetsov, President of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, President of the International University of Nature, Society and Human Being (Dubna), Laureate of the State Prizes of the USSR and Russian Federation Government, Honored Master of RF Sciences, Professor

Yuri H. Temirkanov, Chief Conductor of Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Society named after D.Shostakovich, Chairman of the Union of concert figures of the Russian Federation, Laureate of the USSR State Prizes, Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, People’s Artist of the USSR

Eugene P. Chelyshev, Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences, Counsellor of the Russian Academy of Sciences Presidium, Co-chair of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences for the Study and Preservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage

Shalva A. Amonashvili, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Laureate of the State Prize of Russian Federation Government

Pavel V. Florensky, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Academician of the International Academy of Science and Art, Doctor of Geology and Mineralogy, Professor of the Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I.M. Gubkin

Alexey V. Yablokov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Counsellor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Biology, Professor, Chairman of the Green Russia faction

Nikolai N. Mushkambarov, Doctor of Biology, Professor of MGMU of I.M. Sechenov

Alexander M. Gorodnizky, Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Professor, Chief Research Worker of the Institute of Oceanology RAS, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Member of the Union of Writers of Russia, One of the Founders of the Author's Song

Sergey L. Dorensky, Professor of Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, People's Artist of the RSFSR

Emilia Vasilieva, Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Professor of The St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Alexander D. Nekipelov, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the expert commission on Economics and Management of RSOSH, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Open Joint Stock Company Rosneft Oil Company, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2001-2013)

Harry A. Popov, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of Scientific Research Institute of Applied Mechanics and Electrodynamics, Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation

Alexander G. Chuchalin, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of scientific research institute of Pulmonology (RAMS), Vice-President of National Medical Chamber, Chairman of the Orthodox medical Society, Russian Federation Government Prize-Winner in the Field of Science and Technology (twice), Head therapist of the Russian Federation

Felix P. Mitrofanov, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chief Researcher of the Geological Institute of the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Counsellor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Honored Geologist of Russia, Laureate of the State Prize

Vadim V. Pokrovsky, Head of the Federal Scientific and Methodological Center for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Academician of RAMS, Doctor of Medicine, Professor, Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation 

Victor V. Moroz, Corresponding Member of RAMS, Laureate of the State Prize of Russian Federation Government, Honored Doctor of Russia, Director of the Research Institute of General Reanimatology of RAMS, Laureate of the First National Award Competition for the best doctors of Russia (The Calling), Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor

Bira Shagdaryn, Academician of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Honored Scientist of Mongolia, Hero of Labour of Mongolia, Laureate of the State Prize of Mongolia, Doctor Honoris Causa of Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Professor, Director of the Roerichs House-Museum in Ulan Bator.

Valentina N. Tugizhekova, Director of Khakassia Research Institute of Language, Literature and History, Doctor of History, Professor

Hristo P. Takhcidy, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Pro-Rector of N.I. Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Board Member of Russian Society of Ophthalmologists, Laureate of the Russian Government Award in the field of Science and Technology

Georgy M. Grechko, Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Academician of International Academy of Astronautics

Sergey V. Krichevsky, Test Cosmonaut, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of the Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, Chief Researcher of the the Institute of the History of Natural Science and Technology, named after S.I.Vavilov, RAS

Rafael G. Oganov, Academician of RAMS, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Member of the European Society of Cardiology, Member of Federation of Cardiology, Laureate of the State Prize, Laureate of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology

Vyacheslav V. Osiko, Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of Laser Materials and Technology Research Center, Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS; Laureate of Lenin and State Prizes.

Erik M. Galimov, Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of V.I. Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry (GEOKHI) of Russian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the RAS Meteorites Committee, Chairman of Scientific Council on geochemistry, Member of Space Council, RAS.

Nikolai S. Kardashev, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Astro Space Center of Physical Institute RAS, twice winner of the USSR State Prize, Companion of the Order «Badge of Honor»

Eugene L. Nasonov, Academician of RAMS, Director of State Institute of Rheumatology of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Chairman of Scientific Council of RAMS and Specialized Dissertation Councils, Chairman of the Scientific Council of Rheumatology of RAMS and MoHSD of the Russian Federation, President of the Rheumatology Association of Russia, Board Member of the Moscow Therapeutic Scientific Society

Alla A. Ryabtseva, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Head of the MONICA Ophthalmology Clinic of M.F. Vladimirsky, Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation, Chief Ophthalmologist of Moscow Region

Sergey V. Stadler, Violonist, orchestral conductor, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, Laureate of International Contests, artistic director of "Petersburg Concert" 

Vladimir G. Garkusha, People's Artist of Ukraine, Chief Conductor of Dnipropetrovsk State Academic Opera and Ballet

Svetlin Roussev, artist, Academician of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, professor (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Anton Donchev, writer, academician of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, holder of the "Stara Planina" Order of the I Class, holder of the "St. Cyrill and Methodius" Order, and of the Swedesh Order of the Polar Star, I Class (Sofia, Bulgaria) 

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