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Transneft and Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site sign a cooperation agreement

Date of publication: 12 May 2017 Printable version


Pictured: the President of Transneft Nikolay Tokarev and the Director General of The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site Elena Gagarina

On 12 May 2017, the Transneft President Nikolay Tokarev and the Director General of the state federal budgetary institution of culture The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site Elena Gagarina signed a cooperation agreement.

The priority area of cooperation will be restoration of the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin, including the research, exploration, and integrated restoration of the Cathedral’s structures as well as interior and exterior wall paintings. In 2015–2016, the Company supported restoration of the paintings on three lunettes of the eastern facade over the apses of the Assumption Cathedral, which exposed the need for comprehensive restoration. The work is due to commence at the end of 2017 and will last tentatively until 2023.

During the signing ceremony, Mr Tokarev mentioned longstanding and close collaboration of the Company with the Moscow Kremlin Museums. Thus in summer 2016, the exposition “Vasily Konovalenko: A Sculptor of Gems” devoted to the legendary Russian artist, sculptor, stone-carver, and jeweller Vasily Konovalenko who created a series of sculpted miniatures of folk characters was organized in the One-pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace at the Moscow Kremlin with support of Transneft.

In 2012–2013, Transneft sponsored the exhibition “Treasures of the Imperial Court, from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great: Crossroads of World Cultures” that was held in Dresden, Germany. The general public was treated to unique image features in the court of Russian sovereigns.

In 2007, the Company sponsored the publication of the catalogue “The Icons of the Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin.” The catalogue for the first time depicted the full collection of icons stored in the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin. Developed throughout the 14th to 19th centuries, this collection is one of the richest and best documented in Russia. It includes the works created through the Middle Ages and partly New Era and represents different trends in the Russian art, as well as a number of outstanding paintings created by Greek and Balkan artists.

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The Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin (built in 1475–1479 and designed by architect Aristotele Fioravanti) was Russia’s main cathedral during many centuries. Since the late 15th century, Russian princes and later Russian sovereigns had acceded the throne in this Cathedral; metropolitans and patriarchs were also enthroned here. After the death of Peter the Metropolitan of Moscow (first metropolitan of the Russian Church), the Cathedral became the burial place of Russian metropolitans and patriarchs.

Integrated restoration works were conducted for the last time in 1974–1976 (towards the 500th-year jubilee). Comprehensive geodetic-engineering and technological surveys of the Cathedral accomplished in 2008 revealed the need for full-scale restoration.


Pictured: the President of Transneft Nikolay Tokarev


Pictured (left to right): the tour guide Tatiana Filatova, the Director General of the state federal budgetary institution of culture The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site Elena Gagarina, and the President of Transneft Nikolay Tokarev during a visit to the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin

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