Tag: RU – Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands

Russian Historian Accused Of ‘Religious Hatred’ Over Account Of Solovki Gulag; Vera Vasilyeva & Robert Coalson; RFERL

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Russia – Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands

MOSCOW — Historian Yury Brodsky sees the far northern Solovki Archipelago as a kaleidoscopic microcosm of Russia — its history, culture, nature, and spirit all brought together in one remote and windswept corner of a vast country.

“The most varied people come here and they all need Solovki,” Brodsky tells RFE/RL. “It can change your world view. I’m trying to say that Solovki is a reflection of our entire world, of our entire history.”

“Architects note the extraordinary architecture there and this is true,” Brodsky adds. “Ornithologists go there to study the birds — there are about 220 bird species on Solovki. The marshlands there are considered objects of international significance. Scientists who study the beluga whale note that Solovki is one of the very few breeding areas for the beluga. For them, the beluga is the most important thing about Solovki. [Other scientists] remind us that we need to study local lichens, of which there are 170 types because of the ideal climate for them…. Russian Orthodox believers, Old Believers, and others come here.”

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UNESCO to look into Russia’s Solovetsky Islands as World Heritage Site; TASS

Russia – Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands

On July 2-12, the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee took place in Poland, the historical and cultural complex of the Solovki Islands was among other landmarks viewed at the forum.

MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. Experts of the UNESCO, International Council on Monuments and Sights (ICOMOS) and International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) will visit the Solovetsky archipelago to look into its possible designation as a World Heritage Site, the Russian regional government of Arkhangelsk, where the islands are located, said on Thursday.

“On July 2-12, the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee took place in Krakow (Poland). The historical and cultural complex of the Solovki Islands [also known as the Solovetsky Islands] was among other landmarks viewed at the forum,” the Arkhangelsk regional government’s press service said.

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