Raul Khadzhimba met with the famous Russian artist, sculptor, laureate of the State prize of Russia Mikhail Shemiakin.

The Minister of culture and protection of historical and cultural inheritance Elvira Arslaiya and Adviser of the President Vladimir Zantariya participated in the meeting.

Raul Khadzhimba noted that he knows about the kind attitude that the artis thas towards Abkhazia. «Your visitis very important to us. It is great that there are people that are not indifferent to our country and people. We want the world to understand us, and art is one of the ways to reach this goal”, said the President.

According to the words of Elvira Arsaliya, the visitation of Mikhail Shemiakin is an outstanding event for our country.

The Minister highlighted the importance of state support of the initiatives in the field of culture and art.

Mikhail Shemiakin thanked Raul Khadzhimba for the warm welcome. «This is not the first time I am in this sacred land. I have first came here in 1961 and it is your land that resuscitated me after a very difficult time in my life. My intuition drove me here”, said Mikhail Shemiakin. He shared the brightest impressions on acquaintance with Abkhaz people and their traditions.

Mikhail Shemiakin told the President about his ideas of implementation in Abkhazia of several educational projects. Raul Khadzhimba expressed his readiness to support these kinds of initiatives.

Raul Khadzhimba and Mikhail Shemiakin also talked on the role of North Caucasian volunteers that participated in the Patriotic war of the people of Abkhazia of 1992-1993.«One of my brothers Kardanov died defending this land. The blood ties of our peoples are inviolable”, said Mikhail Shemiakin.

Today evening the President will participate in the opening of the exhibition of art pieces of Mikhail Shemiakin in the gallery «Ainar», organized by the Ministry of culture and protection of historical and cultural inheritance.

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