February 7, 2018

Opening of an exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Azerbaijan and Russia takes place in the Russian State Duma

Opening of an exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Azerbaijan and Russia took place, February 7, in the building of the State Duma, with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Russia, and the Russian State Duma’s Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Work with Fellow-citizens.


Chairperson of the Azerbaijan National Assembly Ogtay Asadov and chairperson of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin attended the opening ceremony.


Speaking at the ceremony, Vyacheslav Volodin thanked the Heydar Aliyev Foundation for the organization of the exhibition, which allows to become familiarized with Azerbaijan’s history, culture, and its present day. He noted that the peoples of Azerbaijan and Russia have fought against fascism in the World War 2, and today, our friendship is strengthening and developing. Such events contribute to strengthening bilateral relations further, creating conditions for the discussion of urgent issues. “Decisions taken by our presidents Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin form the bedrock of the relations between our countries. We, together with my counterpart Ogtay Asadov, create conditions for arranging bilateral visits and holding meetings in order to contribute to the development of our relations further, and for better understanding of each-other”, - said V.Volodin.


The Duma chairman said that, via the exhibition organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Russians will become acquainted with sights of Azerbaijan, use this country’s tourism potential, and contemplate spending their holidays in this country.


Ogtay Asadov, thanking the organizers of the exhibition, said such meetings and exhibitions will contribute to developing the relations between Russia and Azerbaijan further. He said: “ Mutual official visits and meetings of presidents Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin have been playing a great role in the development of our relations. Over 200 bilateral documents have been signed between our countries as a result of these visits and meetings. I am sure the Azerbaijan-Russia relations will develop further. In one of his visits to the Russian Federation, Ilham Aliyev had said if all relations in the world were like those between Russia and Azerbaijan, there would be no problem. To my mind, these words express the Azerbaijan-Russia relations more substantially”.


The head of the Azerbaijani Parliament thanked the leadership of the Russian State Duma and Russian MPs for the conditions created for holding this exhibition.


Speaking at the exhibition’s inauguration ceremony, chairperson of the State Duma’s Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Work with Fellow-citizens Leonid Kalashnikov, chairperson of the Russian Communist Party’s Central Committee Gennady Zyuganov, chairperson of the State Duma’s Committee for International Affairs Leonid Slutski, leader of Spravedlivaya Rossiya Party Sergey Mironov, chairperson of the Azerbaijani National Assembly’s Committee for International and Interparliamentary Relations Samad Seyidov talked about the development of the Azerbaijan-Russia relations.


The exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Azerbaijan and Russia is the first exhibition in the State Duma dedicated to a foreign country. The exhibition’s concept was built on showing that Azerbaijan was an old, yet rapidly developing country with its rich history. At the same time, exhibits reflecting the friendly relations, mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, and rapid development of economic relations are demonstrated at the exhibition.


At the exhibition, consisting of a few sections, visitors will become acquainted with exhibits related to Azerbaijan, its culture, and with photo and video materials. Booklets, brochures, tourist maps, information about sights, the process of obtaining a visa, and flights, as well as materials regarding Baku’s being a candidate city for Expo 2025 are presented in the information section. Here are also information about Azerbaijan’s tourism potential. Various souvenirs of “I Love Baku” – a national souvenir brand of Azerbaijan - related to our country are also displayed in the stand.


In the section “Treasures of Azerbaijan”, our ancient carpets, examples of coppersmithery, traditional lattice art, national garments made for the exhibition, and music instruments are displayed. Visitors are also presented artefacts related to our history and culture. National garments related to each region of our country are distinguished for their colour, patterns, and design.


Visitors are informed of the Azerbaijani music as an important part of its culture. For centuries, music has reflected significant events happening in the Azerbaijani people’s life. The ashyg art has been living in Azerbaijan for a thousand years. In 2008, mugham has been declared by UNESCO a masterpiece of the world’s intangible heritage. Saz, kamancha, balaban etc. have their special place among the national music instruments. Video materials are demonstrated on monitors installed in this section.


The section “Recreation and library” has been built in the Eastern style. In the library, visitors may familiarize themselves with publications related to Azerbaijan’s history and culture. In this section, materials reflecting the periods when Azerbaijani people’s national leader Heydar Aliyev worked in Russia, as well as his visits to this country are shown. Here has also been created a stand dedicated to famous Azerbaijanis that have left their traces in the Russian history.


And in the section “History of Azerbaijan”, materials about Azerbaijan’s old history and its present day, multiculturalism traditions, relations between Azerbaijan and Russia, as well as video materials are presented.