The Faberge Museum held the ceremony of donation of unique items from the personal archive of Prince Felix Yusupov to the State Archive of the Russian Federation.
The ceremony was attended by Sergei Naryshkin, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Faberge Museum, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Andrey Artizov, the head of the Federal Archive Agency, and Viktor Vekselberg, the founder of the Faberge Museum. After the Act of Donation had been signed, the guests had the opportunity to be the first to see the exhibition “History Returned” and get acquainted with unique artifacts. Vladimir Medinsky, the Minister of Culture, Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Mikhail Shvydkoy, special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cultural cooperation, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, world-renowned ballet dancer and rector of the Vaganova Academy, Vyacheslav Polunin, famous performance artist and clown, the head of the Big Saint Petersburg Circus were among those who paid a visit to the ceremony.
In his speech Sergey Naryshkin commented on the importance of this event: "Looking at the documents and other items presented at the exhibition, one inevitably thinks of people who owned them once and their destiny. I am sure that many visitors will be enthusiastic to find out more about history of that time, realize motivation of decisions. Studying history, we understand the logic of nowadays events better and draw the moral for the future. It concerns all of us, it concerns every citizen."