On May 8 while on a visit to West Bengal Russia’s Ambassador to India Alexander M. Kadakin accompanied by Consul General in Kolkata Irina K. Bashkirova made a call on Governor M.K. Narayanan.
A broad range of issues of the Russian-Indian strategic partnership was discussed during the meeting stressing cooperation with the state that has long-lasting and deep tradition of friendship with Russia. For example, the Kolkata underground has been constructed with our country’s assistance, there are several enterprises in the state including heavy engineering industry companies that were built with the Soviet or Russian help.
M.K. Narayanan, an old friend and former National Security Advisor to the Prime-Minister, spoke in favour of full-scale development of the Indian-Russian cooperation on the whole gamut of cultural and brotherly ties between West Bengal and Kolkata with other Russia’s regions and cities. The Governor especially supported Russia’s readiness to participate in reconstruction of industrial facilities built with the Soviet aid, expressed by the Ambassador.
H.E. Mr Alexander M. Kadakin noted that Russian specialists’ participation in restoration of the world-famous Vasily Vereshchagin painting The Elephant Procession in Jaipur in 1876 being stored in Victoria Memorial in Kolkata could become an important project of our cultural cooperation.
Mr Fedor Rozovskiy, Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, and Mr Alexander Chinjaev, JSFC Sistema Chief Representative also participated in the meeting.
On May 10, Ambassador Kadakin visited Crookety Memorial, the estate where Helena Roerich, an original writer, philosopher and wife of painter Nicolas Roerich, spent her last years (1948-1955) and passed away. The Himalayan Institute of Goodwill and Living Ethics that attracts Roerich specialists from the whole world, including Russia and the CIS states was established in the Crookety estate by efforts of Italian and local enthusiasts who admire the Roerich family creative works. The Memorial is headed by a well-known Roerich Italian connoisseur Marina Bernardi.
A wreath was laid to the Buddhist stupa erected in Helena Roerich’s memory on her cremation sight in 1955, on the territory of Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery.