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Traditional "Chicherin readings" are organized at Derzhavin University

November 24, 2022

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The traditional international conference "Chicherin Readings" is being held in Derzhavin University. This year the meeting was timed to two dates: The 100th anniversary of the formation of the USSR and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Georgy Chicherin. The organizers are Derzhavin University and the Chicherin House Museum with the support of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

The conference was opened by the head of the Tambov region Maxim Egorov.

– Such outstanding statesmen and thinkers as Boris Nikolaevich Chicherin and Georgy Vasilyevich Chicherin came out of the Chicherin family associated with our small homeland. I am sure that the participants and guests of the Chicherin readings will help professionally and authoritatively discuss all the issues raised, and our joint work will guarantee the preservation of the historical memory of the glorious countrymen," Maxim Egorov said. – It is extremely important to remember their contribution to the history of Russia. In the near future we have plans to open a monument to Boris Nikolayevich Chicherin in Tambov.

The participants are Russian and foreign scientists, researchers from Russian universities. Relatives of Georgy Chicherin came to the conference – Ekaterina Bogdanova, Jerome Bonhomme, Leonid Lisovsky.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation was introduced by Nikolay Makarov, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Policy Planning, who conveyed greetings from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

– First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the Tambov State University of G.R. Derzhavin for organizing the conference, to the Government of the Tambov Region and the staff of the G.V. Chicherin House Museum for preserving the memory of an outstanding Russian diplomat, - Sergey Lavrov said in his greeting. – Georgy Vasilyevich Chicherin lived a bright, eventful life, a significant part of which he devoted to the diplomatic service, defending the interests of the Motherland on the world stage. His name is an integral part of the centuries–old chronicle of the Russian foreign Ministry. We will continue to pay special attention to the preservation and popularization of the rich intellectual heritage of Georgy Vasilyevich.

On November 25, breakout sessions will be held in the Pushkin Library.

On November 26, the conference will continue its work in a remote format. The meetings will discuss the diplomacy of the USSR: national-state, regional and global dimensions; the experience of overcoming the international isolation of Soviet Russia; current problems of the history of international relations of the XX century, etc.

– This conference has been held in the Tambov region for more than 50 years. This year we are discussing the historical experience of Soviet foreign policy and the Chicherin traditions of domestic diplomacy," says Pavel Moiseev, acting Rector of Derzhavin University. – Today, these traditions remain a worthy example of defending the national and state interests of the country at the most difficult stages of world development.

Soviet statesman Georgy Chicherin was born on November 24, 1872 in the village of Karaul, Tambov province. Chicherin created a new diplomatic apparatus of the Soviet state, developed the tasks and methods of new diplomacy, became the first people's commissar of Foreign Affairs in the Soviet government.

For the first time "Chicherin readings" were held in 1972. Then the leadership of the Tambov region proposed to create a museum dedicated to Georgy Chicherin. His relatives came to Tambov, who, together with local historians and museum workers, discussed the implementation of this idea. Thanks to these conferences, specialists have developed the concept of the Chicherin House-Museum.