The Russian Center for Science and Culture (RCSC) in Damascus organized a New Year event for Russian and Syrian children, TASS reported on December 31.
On the stage of the Center’s auditorium the children watched the play Buratino (Russian version of the Pinocchio tale – Editor’s note). Ded Moroz (Father Frost) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) gave them presents. According to Alexei Frolov, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo, the last events in the RCSC were held 7 years ago. Despite the difficult situation in the region, the Center did not stop its activities, the Syrian staff kept on working despite the threats. “These people opened the Center’s doors every day,” Frolov said.
Frolov noted that the “Buratino” plot was clear even to Syrian children from orphanages who do not understand the Russian language, “they all understood from the plot that the Good defeats the Evil“. A charity event was also held in one of the orphanages in Damascus.
Rossotrudnichestvo organized several events in December in Damascus. On December 10 the Russian musicians performed at the Opera House. The event was a part of the Music for Peace international project. And on December 16 in Damascus as a part of the Rossotrudnichestvo’s project Russia-Syria: Basketball, uniting the countries a Match of Friendship took place between Russian and Syrian basketball players.
Earlier in May 2016 in Palmyra Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Theater Orchestra gave a concert entitled With Prayer for Palmyra. Music Revives the Ancient Walls.
The contribution of Russian humanitarian support to the process of Syrian citizens’ return to peaceful life is hardly less important than the military assistance of Russian Armed Forces.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency