Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill, consecrates the Russian necropolis in Belgrade

November 17, 2014

The service of consecration was held by His Holiness, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. OAD Gazprom Neft was one of the initiators of the Project for the restoration of Russia's necropolis in Belgrade. The company allocated about 300,000 euros in 2009 for the reconstruction of the central part of the necropolis, i.e. the restoration of the tombs and the territory around them, restoring the belfry, located on the land parcel. Reconstruction of the central part of the Russian necropolis, assisted by Gazprom Neft, was fully completed in October 2012. All restoration works on the Russian necropolis in Belgrade were completed on the occasion of the centennial of the First World War. “Without any exaggeration, Gazprom Neft not only that has been the largest investor in Serbia, but also the main sponsor of various socially significant projects. The company has long been successfully implementing in Serbia the large-scale program of historical and cultural projects, thus contributing to the development of relations between our two countries. Participation in the restoring of Russia's necropolis in Belgrade is a contribution to the preservation of historical heritage, which consists of such monuments belonging to the shared Russian and Serbian history,"- said member of the Executive Committee of Gazprom Neft, Alexsandr Dybal. Additional information: Russian cemetery in Belgrade was founded in the 1920s of XX century, when the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes provided shelter for tens of thousands of immigrants from Russia. This is one of the largest foreign cemeteries of Russian immigrants. It has more than 400 graves of famous Russian military commanders, creators in the field of culture, science and art, whose names remain engraved in the history of Russia and Serbia. Among them are Metropolitan Antony (Hrapovitsky) the Archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church, Mikhail Rodzjanko an important figure in the fields of politics, Mikhail Alexeyev Supreme Commander of the Imperial Army, and others. The necropolis complex includes the Belfry of Iver, dating from 1931, as well as the monument built in 1935, in honor of Nikolay II, and the two million Russian soldiers from the First World War.