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2015-10-26
International Forum in Baden (Austria)

On October 22-23, 2015, an international forum known as the “Path of Austria to State Neutrality. 60 years since the withdrawal of Soviet Troops. Russian-Austrian relations” took place in the city of Baden (Austria).

The Russian delegation was headed by Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the St. Andrew Foundation and the Center of National Glory, founding President of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, Honorary President of the Society of Friendship with Austria, and Head of the State Policy Department of Political Science of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin.

The framework of the forum included a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russian military cemetery and at a stela-monument dedicated to the Russian soldiers who liberated Austria, as well as an inauguration ceremony of a memorial plaque dedicated to the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country.

For his outstanding contribution to the perpetuation of the memory of Soviet citizens who died in Austria during World War II and invaluable personal work to return the names of the missing fallen in the tragedy of the twentieth century, the “Faith and Fidelity” International Prize of the St. Andrew Foundation was officially presented to Peter Sixl, a member of the Board of Trustees of the “Austrian Black Cross”.

At the closing of the forum, the Baden proclamation was read.

The delegation also included the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew Foundation and the Center of National Glory, and Hero of the Soviet Union, cosmonaut, O. Atkov; Professor of the Department of Modern, Contemporary History and Methodology at MRSU, I. G. Zhiryakov; Dean of the Graduate School of Television, Lomonosov Moscow State University, V. T. Tretyakov and Archbishop of Geneva and Western Europe, Michael.

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