July 9-12th 2013 - the European director Inna Grubmayr and president of the Pushkin Society in America Victoria Kurchenko participated in an educational program in St. Petersburg "Pushkin's Petersburg" organized specifically for compatriots living in foreign countries. National Forum was represented by 32 compatriots from 14 countries (Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Slovenia, USA, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia), including: teachers of the Russian language and Russian literature specialists philologists, art historians and scholars of the creative heritage of Alexander Pushkin.

June 14th 2013 - at the invitation of the International Guild of Writers Inna Grubmayr took part in the festival "Cultural Summer in Croatia" (g.Rieka, Croatia), where Pushkin Society/LIAC and his creative projects were presented: the literary and art studio, "Poetfest", as well as partner festivals - "Blue trolley" and "Phoenix" - and invited all interested persons to participate in these events.

May 6th 2013. In Zagreb's oldest art gallery «Likum" an exhibition of posters from the vault of the Glinka's museum (Moscow) "Sergei Rachmaninoff - Fedov Chaliapin: the parallels and intersections", dedicated to the 140th anniversary of musicians took place. Inna Grubmayr shared information about the connections of Rachmaninov with the Pushkin Society in America, about Russian settlement Churaevka, whre the composer  spent much time; and also provided some of the photos associated with Rachmaninov places in the United States.

March 8th 2013 in Maribore (Slovenia) the International symposium organized by the Society of the History of Health Science of Maribor and dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the sanatorium for tubercular patients of the Russian Red Cross (old organization) "Vurberk." took place. The The history of the resort is closely connected with the history of the Russian emigration in the Kingdom CXC / Yugoslavia. Since 1921 till 1941 hundreds of Russian patients have been treated under the supervision of Russian doctors - Dr. B. Near-Fist and Dr. S. Kapralova -. Sanatorium was equipped with the modern X-ray equipment. In addition, the healing of patients was contributed by good food, fresh air and unique location of the sanatorium - Zone of the energy lines. With all these conditions, the mortality in the sanatorium was only 3%. The resort ended its existing on June 6, 1941., when the city was invaded by Nazi troops. It turned into a training center for the Nazi military and political commissars. In 1945 this beautiful palace complex occupied by the Nazis, was almost completely destroyed by aviation of allies. Currently, the castle-resort was only one of the towers and a nearby restored Church.

Speakers at the symposium talked about the history of the Russian emigration in the Kingdom /Yugoslavia, about the history of the sanatorium "Vurberk", the Orthodox part of the local cemetery, about Russian doctors working in the health centers of Yugoslavia. Among the speakers was a well-known researcher of the Russian emigration in Yugoslavia AB Arsenyev. Inna Grubmayr presented the Pushkin Society in America / LIAC to participants and guests and told them about its activities.
At the end of the symposium everybody was invited to a Russian dinner, and then went to Vurberk, which is a 20 minute drive from Maribor. After a speech the head of the district administration of Duplek and other officials, the grand opening of the memorial board on which is written in two languages: "This castle from 1921 to 1941 worked as a health resort for the Russian Red Cross." took place.
A small concert arranged in the ruins of the castle stage and dinner with local wine ended the event.

March 2nd 2013, In Zagreb (Croatia) Inna Grubmair attended the meeting of the Society of Russian language and culture, which founded Humanistic section, that aims to study and promotion of Russian culture, history, and philosophy. Outlined the main areas of work, including some interest, the history of Russian emigration. A preliminary discussion of joint projects between two organizations took place.

January 26th 2013 - An evening dedicated to Alexander Pushkin was coordinated and led by Inna Grubmair - in collaboration with Society of Russian Language and Culture - in Zagreb (Croatia). The program began with an introduction by Inna Grubmair titled, 'The significance of Pushkin for the Russian Emigration'. It told the audience about the poet's role in the union of the best emigration forces to prepare for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death, and the work of Pushkin committees, particularly in New York. Archival documents illustrating the activities of Pushkin committees and Russian communities within the territory of Yugoslavia in the 1930s were also shown.      


The program continued with a translation by the Croatian Slavics that gave their own interpretation of the aforementioned. Radomir Venture - teacher of forty one years at the Faculty of Philosophy in the University of Zagreb, research team member, contributor to bilingual (Russian-Croatian and Croatian-Russian) phrasebook dictionary, poet and author of numerous artistic and technical translations - presented some of Pushkin's poems in Croatian including Tatyana's letter to Onegin [which was symbolic as the day before Tatyana's Day was celebrated].         

Later poet Fikret Tsatsan, graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of  the University of Zagreb, Croatian translator of poetry by Mandelstam, Pasternack, Zabolotsky, Brodsky and others, compiler of biographies for 'World Literature in Croatian Translation', organizer of the 1999 'Alexander Pushkin' exhibition featuring a catalog of Croatian Pushkiniana and award recipient of the Ministry of Culture medal - presented a reading of his Pushkin translations.
The audience greeted all the guests very warmly. The evening ended with informal but very pleasant interactions between the program participants and attendants. We would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to the Russian National Society for providing the facilities to this event.


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Presidents of the Pushkin Society

1. Boris Brasol, founder      (1935 -1963)

2. Gregory Mesniaeff          (1963 -1967)

3. Semen Bogolubov         (1967 -1971)

4. Serge Woyciechowski     (1971 - 1973)

5. Nadezhda Baklanova      (1973 - 1995)

6. Catherine Lodyjensky     (1995 - 2009)

7. Victoria Kurchenko     ( 2009 - present)