Alexander Griboyedov's Portrait Bust Presented at RAU
On January 30, Russian-Armenian University hosted the opening of a portrait bust of a renowned Russian playwright and diplomat Alexander Griboyedov. The sculpture was opened to honor the 190th anniversary of Griboyedov’s death.
RAU Rector Prof. Armen Darbinyan, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation H.E. Karasin G. B., Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Armenia H.E. S. P. Kopirkin, Armenian MPs, member of RAU Board of Trustees Georgy Boos, the benefactor behind the project Mezzo Igityan, Gregory Pototsky sculptor’s creator, RAU professors and students attended the event.
“Alexander Griboyedov’s role is significant in the history of friendship and cooperation between Russia and Armenia. He contributed greatly to the rescue of thousands of Armenians during and after the Russo-Persian War”, highlighted Prof. Darbinyan. “The significance of its location at Russian-Armenian University is special given that here are born new citizens of free Armenia”, he added.
The portrait bust was created by a famous sculptor Gregory Pototsky. The sculpture was received as a gift from the “Strategy” Foundation, which supports cultural and educational projects, including those aimed at developing the humanitarian cooperation between Armenia and Russia. The benefactor behind the project is Mezzo Igityan, a Russian businessman, scholar and public figure of Armenian descent.
Photo credits: M.G. Sarkisov.