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OPENING OF THE PHOTO-EXHIBITION "MOSCOW - THE HEART OF RUSSIA" AT THE BOTSWANA NATIONAL MUSEUM ART GALLERY, GABORONE

On June 4, 2007 at the Botswana National Museum Art Gallery in Gaborone an opening ceremony took place of the photo-exhibition Moscow - the Heart of Russia, dedicated to Moscow's 860th anniversary. The exhibition presents Moscow not only as a historical city with its numerous landmarks, but as a modern capital - megapolis of the XXI century. Here is also displayed a photo-exposition on the year 2007 proclaimed as the Year of the Child in Moscow. It shows great attention paid by the Moscow authorities to the education and upbringing of the city's children and teenagers.

More than 100 people attended the event representing the Office of the President, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, other ministries and authorities, business and public circles of the Republic of Botswana, as well as members of the diplomatic corp.

In his welcoming remarks Charge d'Affaires a.i. of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Botswana Mr Anatoly A. Popsuev underlined Moscow's role as the centre of political, economic and cultural revival of the Russian State. He came out in favour of further strengthening the all-round ties and developing cooperation in the fields of culture, science, education and tourism between Russia and Botswana, calling also to use the Internet facilities to increase mutual knowledge of history and culture of the peoples of our countries.

For his part, the Deputy Director of the National Museum and Art Gallery Mr Steven Mogotsi hailed a high artistic qualities of the photos displayed and stressed important cognitive character of the exhibition, especially to the youth of Botswana capital. He said it was necessary to intensify and raise the efficiency of the cultural and educational exchange programmes with Russia to enable actors, artists and photographers of our two countries to share their experience.

The photo-exhibition organized by the Russian Embassy in cooperation with the National Museum of Botswana evoked favourable comments from the visitors and in the local press.

Those who wish to visit the exposition to see the views of Moscow and life of its children shall do it till June 17, 2007.