From a speech by Head of government of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Council on the Development of National Cinematography under the government of the Russian Federation in All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography on November 3, 2009
UNESCO found a new director – a representative of Bulgaria Irina Bokova officially took up her post of Director General of this international organization. Shortly before this event she had given a press conference for Russian journalists via video bridge with a studio in RIA Novosti. It was one of the first meetings with press after her nomination. And, probably, it is no mere chance that just with the Russian one, because Irina Georgieva Bokova lived in Moscow more than one year, and received her Diploma of Higher Education in Moscow Institute of International Relations. Many things connect her with our country. “This is my youth,” says Mrs. Bokova, “And memories of it are the most indelible.”
This year is declared by UNESCO the Year of Gogol. 200 years ago this great magician of word, subtle master possessing a unique humor and a gift to penetrate into the most secret corners of human soul was born. Nikolai Gogol, to use Ivan Turgenev’s expression, “signified an epoch in the history of Russian literature” and whom Russia is proud of “as one of its fames.” Within his lifetime he only once enjoyed the fame when he created the first book of “Dead Souls”, but it was only an episode in his lonely life – there were much more failures and merciless criticism. Among contemporaries just some prophets called Gogol's pen brilliant and predicted immortality to the writer.