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On July 2, at the initiative of the deputy chairman of the Daugavpils City Council of Libya Jankowska, a meeting of deputies with the center’s leadership took place at the Center for Russian Culture. The reason for this meeting was a letter from representatives of the Russian diaspora of Daugavpils, who expressed their concern about the current activities of the center and the holding of a summer children’s camp in it, planned for the Central Committee from July 6 to July 24.
According to the drafters of the letter, the premises of the Center for Russian Culture are not suitable for holding a children’s camp, which will soon be occupied by 3 groups of children with a total of 50 people. Although according to the leadership’s plans, the main focus will be on outdoor activities, and meals will be held at the 10th secondary school, the issue of the safety of paintings, icons, Gzhel, Khokhloma and other cultural and historical values is relevant. The problem may be the use of not working sanitary facilities.
A separate difficult topic of conversation was the question of the need to remove powerful protective grilles, which are located on all windows of the center. This must be done not only for the safety of children, but in order to comply with standard fire safety standards in general. In contrast, there is a need to preserve valuable objects of culture and history, since the center contains a truly unique collection of such objects. When removing the grilles, it will be necessary to immediately repair the window frames that are in poor condition. Thus, an integrated approach to this issue is needed.
The letter from the Russian diaspora also contains complaints about the approach of the Central Executive Committee to organizing expositions and mentioning the need to try to perpetuate the memory of Heroids Ivanovna Bogdanova, who had previously led the center for many years.
Having familiarized themselves with the situation, the city leadership obliged the leadership of the Center for Russian Culture in the coming days to give a complete calculation of the costs and time for replacing the grilles, repairing window frames, improving the video surveillance system and signaling. In addition, the center needs to prepare a report on its future prospects for development, improvement of exposure, educational programs and other proposals, which should be presented to the Committee on Education and Culture.