New exhibition of the Historical Archives of Belgrade Russian Emigration in Belgrade 1920–1950 will be opened for the audience on the February 1st in the Russian Center of Science and Culture.
After the revolution and the end of the Civil War in Russia in 1920/21, a great number of people were forced to leave Russia. The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes/Yugoslavia was the state which provided to the Russian refugees the highest level of government’s support, social integration and public recognitions. Many Russian refugees found shelter in Belgrade (about 10.000 in the end on the 1920s when Belgrade counted 239.000 citizens). The State commission for accommodation and reception of Russian refugees was formed in 1920, soon after the First Russian-Serbian Gymnasium was opened and in the end of the year, after the Russian army of general Vrangel had been defeated, a new wave of the refugees arrived to Serbia.
After the systematic research of the fonds and collections in the Historical Archives of Belgrade, numerous documents were discovered on the Russian emigrants’ community in Belgrade, which left significant traces in various aspects of Belgrade history, architecture and culture. Selected archival documents were complemented by documents preserved in other cultural institution in Belgrade (State Archives of Serbia, National Library of Serbia, Belgrade City
Museum, Archives of Yugoslavia, and Military Archives) providing to the audience complete picture of the Russian emigration in the capital city.
The selected documents are organized in 32 exhibition boards and in two showcases and will be accompanied by a catalogue abundant in illustrations.
The exhibition will be opened on the February 1st 2022 at noon in the Russian Center in Belgrade, 33 Kraljice Natalije Street, by Jevgenij Aleksandrovich Baranov, Director of the Russian Center, Dragan Gačić, Director of the Historical Archives of Belgrade and Goran Vesić, Deputy Mayor.