Vladimir Medinsky: Russia will continue the policy of expanding the "Russian presence" on the list of UNESCO

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Russia has prepared new nominees for the UNESCO World Heritage List and will continue the policy of expanding its presence on the list. This was stated by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky at the International Cultural Forum.

Medinsky said that now Russia ranks ninth in the world in the number of sites protected by UNESCO.

"It seems to me unfair. We must be ranked much higher," he said.

Among the new nominees, the application for the monuments of ancient Pskov is most prepared; the historical center of Gorokhovets in the Vladimir region, the Transfiguration Cathedral and the surrounding landscape of the Yaroslavl region, the Testament of Kenozero Lake in the Arkhangelsk region and the Bashkir Ural complex are preparing for the application. The town-island of Sviyazhsk in Tatarstan was one of the last candidates which ww were able to include in the list of for the protection of UNESCO.

"Despite the restrictions which the inclusion of sites in the World Heritage List imposes on us, once you are there, nothing can interfere. Nevertheless, we are pursuing a meaningful, purposeful policy of expanding the Russian presence on this list. In general, this is good for the preservation of cultural heritage sites. Future generations will not be able to spoil anything there either, if worst comes to worst," said Vladimir Medinsky.

The VII St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum takes place on November 15–17, 2018. Organizers of the Forum: Government of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Government of St. Petersburg.

Source: REGNUM