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The Presidential Library’s video lecture marking Alexander Nevsky’s 800th anniversary

29 April 2021

April 29, 2021, at 11:00 Moscow time, the Presidential Library, as part of the Knowledge of Russia project, will host a video lecture entitled "Alexander Nevsky’s Historical Memory", timed to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the birth of the Faithful Saint Prince. His anniversary will be celebrated on May 13, 2021. The event will tell about the personality of Alexander Nevsky and the peculiarities of the historical era he lived.

The video lecture is free. The multimedia lesson will be broadcasted live on the Presidential Library's portal in the Live broadcasts section, in the Presidential Library's cinema club group on the VKontakte social network and on the institution's YouTube channel.

Director of the private cultural institution “Museum of the Battle of the Ice. Samolva” Vladimir Potresov will tell about the history of one of the most important battles that took place on April 5, 1242 and made Alexander Nevsky famous. In addition, the participants in the video lecture will learn about the expedition of the USSR Academy of Sciences, which, in order to clarify the place of the legendary battle, was held on Lake Peipsi in the late 50s - early 60s of the XX century, as well as about the activities of Vladimir Potresov and his colleagues in the disclosure of "white spots" in the history of the battle.

Deputy Director of the “Museum of the Battle of the Ice. Samolva” Tatyana Namestnikova will tell about the work being done today to preserve the historical memory of Alexander Nevsky and his exploits.

Acting Head of the Department of Russian History and Archeology, Head of the Old Russian Archaeological Expedition, Yaroslav the Wise Novgorod State University, Elena Toropova will tell about Veliky Novgorod and Staraya Russa in the era of Alexander Nevsky. She will analyze the results of archaeological excavations that reflect the characteristic features of the time of the holy noble prince.

The building of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg houses a temple in honor of the Faithful Saint Prince Alexander Nevsky. The participants of the video lecture will learn about the history of this place and the uniqueness of the church, which contains a particle of the relics of the great commander, from the speech of Larisa Yurevichiene, an employee of the department for the canonization of saints and the study of the history of the Tikhvin diocese.

Roman Sokolov, director of the Institute of History and Social Sciences of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, will share little-known facts about the creation of Sergei Eisenstein's film "Alexander Nevsky". The historical feature film, released in 1938 and telling about the struggle of the Russian people led by Alexander Nevsky against the Teutonic Order, is considered one of the masterpieces of Soviet cinema. The participants of the video lecture will learn about the features of the film, about the truth and fiction in its plot.

The event will be attended by representatives of the St. Petersburg charitable public organization "Pilgrim" Irina Yakusheva and Maria Belskaya, who will tell about the festival "Living Memory. Alexander Nevsky" held in 2020. Within its framework was held a literary contest the participants of which were invited to write a letter to Alexander Nevsky. The best addresses to the Faithful Saint Prince will be read out on a video lecture by the winners of the contest – the pupils of St. Petersburg schools.

Alexander Nevsky is illustrated in the Presidential Library’s materials. The electronic collection Alexander Nevsky (1221-1263) is dedicated to the famous commander. It includes such rare editions as Saint Blessed Grand Prince Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky (1899) by the writer, Archpriest Mikhail Khitrov, Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky, Grand Prince of Vladimir and All Russia (1871) by historian Mikhail Khmyrov, Saint Blessed Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky (1898) by the priest Nikolai Voskresensky, Life and exploits of the Faithful Saint Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky (1864) and others.

Interactive lessons and video lectures are regularly held in the Presidential Library. More information about them is available on the institution's portal in Multimedia lessons section and in the Video lectures for school section, where records of past lectures and open lessons are presented.

Accreditation of media representatives is until 11:00 April 28, 2021.

Please forward applications for accreditation following the attached form marked “Media Accreditation” to the following e-mail addresses:, Kristina Titunina, tel.: (812) 305-16-21, ext. 781; mob. +7 (999) 218-05-98.

The letter should contain the full name, date and place of birth, passport data (series, number, place of registration), a list of carry-on equipment, contact phone numbers, the name of the media.

We draw the attention of the media representatives that it is necessary to forward applications for accreditation and arrive at the event in advance.

Entrance to the Presidential Library is carried out only by prior registration and upon showing a passport: for media representatives - through entrance № 2, participants and guests of the event - through entrance № 1.

In order to reduce the risks of the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the use of personal protective equipment during the event is mandatory for all attendees.