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Parliament’s Petition to Russian President Boris Yeltsin

FEDERAL ASSEMBLY –
PARLIAMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
DEPUTY
OF THE STATE DUMA
1996-1999
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15 January, 1997                                                                     No. 1

To the President of Russia                                                                  Boris N. Yeltsin

PETITION

Dear Boris Nikolaevich!

On December 20, 1996 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the donation to the city of Moscow by the Marshal of Moscow Province Nobility Alexander D. Tchertkoff of his unique library “Rossika” as Moscow’s first free public library, his direct descendant and grandson of the last Speaker of the Imperial Duma, Nicolai S. Tchertkoff-Rodzianko was invited to address the Parliament of the Russian Federation.

Nicolai S. Tchertkoff spoke about the best traditions of the Russian Patronage of Art and acquainted the Deputies with his cultural project, in which the main goal is the restoration of the architectural building complex on Myasnitskaya Street near the Kremlin, which once belonged to A.D. Tchertkoff, and the restoration of its library. For that purpose, he founded a non-political organization in the United States: the TCHERTKOFF MEMORIAL & CULTURAL FOUNDATION and the SOCIETY FOR CULTURAL PATRONS, which will be able to raise the necessary funds for that purpose.

A 49-year lease of the Tchertkoff Mansion (on Myasnitskaya Street No. 7) – which is a Historical Monument and which is one of the most famous cultural landmarks in the center of Moscow, linked with such names as Pushkin, Gogol and Tolstoy – by the State Committee on Property to a stock company LogoVAZ, is rapidly deteriorating. The book collection (over 50,000 volumes) of the Tchertkoff library is kept in a poorly adapted storage room of the State Historical Library. What has happened is that the State Committee on Property misled LogoVAZ when it signed the lease agreement regarding the historical value of the Tchertkoff Mansion on Myasnitskaya 7.

Dear Boris Nikolaevich, it will not be superfluous if you, as President of the Russian Federation will reprimand the State Committee on Property about the inadmissibility of such mistakes. We believe that such an approach to resolve the question of the preservation of historical monuments in Russia is unacceptable. Such mistakes not only compromise Russia in the face of influential circles in the world community, but inflict a considerable moral and material damage to the new political and economical structures of Russia on whose success of the fate of undertaken reforms depend.

It is necessary to instruct the State Committee on Property of the Russian Federation to find an adequate location for the Stock Company LogoVAZ, and for the Government of the Russian Federation to create favorable conditions in order to attract foreign investment to support Russian culture, the historical and architectural monuments in Russia, and by doing so, to give support to the noble initiative of Nicolai S. Tchertkoff.

With hope,

LIST OF DEPUTIES OF THE STATE DUMA OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WHO SIGNED THE PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION – BORIS N. YELTSIN IN SUPPORT OF THE CULTURAL PROJECT OF NICOLAI S. TCHERTKOFF

1.     Dmitri N. Abramenkov
2.     Ivan S. Anichkin Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Labor and Social Politics
3.     Tatiana A. Astrakhankina Committee on Culture
4.     Nikolai M. Bezborodov
5.     Gennadi M. Benov
6.     Igor M. Bratishchev Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Relations
7.     Pavel A. Bunich Chairman of the Committee on Property,
Privatization, and Economic Activity
8.     Gennadi I. Berdov
9.     Zoya G. Vorontsova
10.    Ruslan G. Gostev
11.     Victor Zerkaltsev Chairman of the Committee on
Public Unification Affairs and Religious Organizations.
12.     Alexis A. Zuev Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Regulations and  Organizational Work of the State Duma
13.     Victor I. Klesnikov
14.     Galina N. Korelova
15.     Nikolai N. Kopsakov
16.     Evgeni A. Kosterin
17.     Alexander A. Kravets
18.     Ekaterina F. Lakhova
19.     Vladimir A. Leonchev
20.     Yuri V. Lizhin
21.     Albert M. Makashov
22.     Evgeni V. Maximov
23.     Ivan I. Melnikov Chairman of the Committee on
Science and Education
24.     Daria A. Mitina
25.     Viktor M. Panin
26.     Viktor M. Popov
27.     Alexander F. Potapenko
28.     Nikolai V. Panarin
29.     Valentin S. Romanov
30.     Vladimir N. Smolyakov
31.     Vyacheslav K. Sokolov
32.     Mikhail A. Tapansov
33.     Vladimir A. Tarachev
34.     German S. Titov (cosmonaut #2)
35.     Yuri V. Utkin
36.     Sergei N. Falaleev
37.     Mikhail V. Filshin
38.     Boris G. Khitrov
39.     Gennadi M. Khodirev
40.     Valentin E. Tsoi Deputy Chairman of the Committee
on Political Information and Relations
41.     Rita V. Chistokhodova
42.     Vasili I. Shandibin
43.     Rassul I. Shugurov

Representatives of all factions and committees