The United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) became financial partner of the exhibit "Alexander II the Liberator. 200th Birthday" at the National History Museum in Moscow.
This large-scale show will open on April 4, 2018 and cover the principal events in the Emperor's reign as well as dispassionately talk about Alexander II as a human being.
The press conference in Moscow on March 12 dedicated to the opening of the exhibit was attended by National History Museum Director Alexey Levykin, Executive Director of the National History Foundation Konstantin Mogilevsky, Department Chair at the Institute of Archival Science and History at the Russian National University of the Humanities Evgeny Pchelov, great grandson of Emperor Alexander II Paul Edward Kulikovsky, great grandson of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia Georgy Yuryevsky, and Advisor to the OMK Governance Board Chair Alexander Kastravets.
"For a number of reasons, national historians have not given the person that has the most important government reforms associated with his name the attention that they accorded his predecessors Peter the Great and Catherine II. The reforms themselves became the object of study and were placed in the limelight while the emperor's person remained in the background for a long time. Giving credit to its founder and outstanding reformer, the National History Museum will exhibit unique documents having to do with the reign of Alexander II as well as materials from the holdings of Moscow's and St. Petersburg's most important museums and archives and private collections having to do with the biographies of members of House Romanov", noted National History Museum Director Alexey Levykin.
"Even given the different opinions that exist about Alexander II's reform, his reign is associated with an expansion of Russia's industry. Between 1861 and 1881, the length of railway track increased 15-fold, steel production doubled, and cast iron production increased by a factor of 2.5. There was an increase in the number of large factories, the period's most advanced technology was being introduced at steel mills. We have a long-standing interesting collaborative relationship with the National History Museum. We supported its new large-scale exhibit because we believe that it is important for the younger generation to feel proud not only for the diversity of Russian culture but also Russian engineers and industrialists that have made significant contributions to the development of the nation", said Advisor to OMK Governance Board Chair Alexander Kastravets.
April 17, 2018 will mark 200 years since the birth of Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881). He made the national history books as an outstanding reformer that initiated a whole series of drastic changes in all areas of the country's public life, the most important of which was the abolition of serfdom. In addition to domestic reform, Alexander II's rein was marked by successful foreign policy, victorious wars, and major territorial acquisitions.
Earlier in 2017, the United Metallurgical Company acted as a financial partner for another significant exhibit mounted by the National History Museum: "The Energy of a Dream: 100 Years After the Great Russian Revolution".
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