In photo (left to right): Director of the Historical Estate Owner Association Vissarion Alyavdin, OMK Chair of the Board of Directors Anatoly Sedykh, Master of Arms to the Head of the Russian Imperial House Stanislav Dumin at the presentation ceremony at the Vyksa Steel Works History Museum.
OMK Chair of the Board of Directors Anatoly Sedykh has been awarded the Imperial Order of Saint Anne 3d Class for meritorious service in preserving Russian historical heritage. The award ceremony held in the Town of Vyksa, Nizhniy Novgorod Region on April 12, 2018 was attended by Director of the Historical Estate Owner Association Vissarion Alyavdin, Master of Arms to the Head of the Russian Imperial House Stanislav Dumin, Chief Executive of the Vyksa Municipal District Vladimir Kochetkov, and other guests.
The award is recognition of many years of OMK's effort to preserve historical sites in Vyksa. In 2007-2014, the Company completed a large-scale investment project with a cash outlay of over RUB 500 million to restore a federal-level historical heritage site: the Batashev-Shepelev Industrial Estate and the historical town center. OMK also engages in a large-scale research and educational effort designed to popularize metallurgical science and publishes local and general history books.
"The Batashev-Shepelev house reborn through OMK's efforts is a true gem among Russian country estates. The wonderful museum that operates at the estate and acts as the town's cultural core is yet another one of your accomplishments. It is logical and gladdening that these efforts got noticed by Head of the Russian Imperial House Grand Duchess Maria Wladimirovna resulting in the award of the Order of Saint Anne", emphasized Director of the Historical Estate Owner Association Vissarion Alyavdin.
"A considerable part of the cultural heritage and customs is preserved in small towns, and Vyksa is an excellent case in point. For centuries, Vyksa has been closely linked to Russia's history. We have restored the Batashev-Shepelev estate because we believe that knowing Russia's history and culture as well as its customs is at least as important as having professional knowledge. I believe that the Order of Saint Anne is recognition of the contribution made by our Company's employees. I am thankful for this to the Imperial House and Grand Duchess Maria Wladimirovna personally", said OMK Chair of the Board of Directors Anatoly Sedykh at the presentation ceremony.
In its areas of operation, OMK holds a number of charity, educational, and cultural events, many of those on an annual basis.
The Company's primary areas of social investment include education, charity programs, mass sports, culture and art, building a comfortable urban environment, programs for children and young people, support for non-profits' social projects, and development of social business initiatives. OMK has invested over 8 billion rubles into the social sphere in its areas of operations over the past 6 years. In particular, OMK allocated over 1 billion rubles for the development of the social sector in the Nizhniy Novgorod Region in 2017 alone.
The first Order of Saint Anne was awarded in Russia in 1742. It was awarded to outstanding Russian figures for meritorious government or military service. Great generals, such as Alexander Suvorov and Mikhail Kutuzov, for instance, were awarded the Order of Saint Anne at some point. After the revolution of 1917, this Russian high award continued to exist as a dynastic distinction: heirs to the House of Romanov continue to award the Imperial Order of Saint Anne for special public service.
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