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About the laureates of the National Award in Literature and Arts

June 8, 2012

The 2011 Russian Federation National Award in Literature and Arts is conferred to Oleg Dobrodeyev, National State Television and Radio Company (VGTRK) CEO, Sergei Shumakov, director of Kultura State Television and Radio Company, a branch of VGTRK, and Svyatoslav Belza, programme host at Kultura State Television and Radio Company, for their contribution to popularising cultural and scientific knowledge and their outstanding educational work

The Kultura television channel was established at the initiative of a number of prominent Russian culture and arts figures in 1997. Since then, the channel’s programmes have become a yardstick for depth and creativity in presenting cultural and scientific achievements and have received many professional awards.

Kultura has earned a reputation for its commitment to spiritual values, authentic art, wide-ranging educational work. It creates an effective link between high and mass popular culture, between the professional elites and the mass viewer, traditional thinking and modern intellectuals’ active social positions, and between classical and modern culture.

The 2011 Russian Federation National Award in Literature and Arts is conferred to Oleg Zharov, author of a project for rebuilding and transforming the village of Vyatskoye, Yelena Ankudinova, director of the Vyatskoye Historical and Cultural Centre, and Nikolai Mukhin, an artist, for their contribution to reviving and developing traditional cultural and historical values

Oleg Zharov (born 1960), head of Ecolline Group, doctor of economic sciences, professor.

Yelena Ankudinova (born 1953), art historian, director of the Yaroslavl State History, Architecture and Arts Museum and Reserve in 2001–2010, author of a number of monographs.

Over her more than 20 years working at the Yaroslavl Museum and Reserve, Ms Ankudinova made a great contribution to developing Yaroslavl as a cultural tourism centre, initiated a number of exhibitions, and organised Preobrazheniye, an international festival of choral and bell music. 

Nikolai Mukhin (born 1955), artist, founder of the Yaroslavl Icon school.

One of Russia’s leading monumental artists, icon painter and sculptor, Mr Mukhin essentially revived in Russia the traditions of church art that had been lost during the Soviet period. He is the author of a number of integral artistic works, including the frescoes in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, in other churches in Russia, and in Orthodox churches in Malta, Japan, the USA, Serbia, Croatia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. He is active in the work to restore Vyatskoye village.

The wealthy trading village of Vyatskoye in Yaroslavl Region has been known in the chronicles since 1502. The village hosted weekly markets in the eighteenth century and an annual fair. Fifty-three village homes are considered architectural heritage monuments. The village is now home to a historical-cultural centre that includes 6 museums, a hotel, and a restaurant.

Vyatskoye can serve as a model for how to preserve and rebuild village architecture.

The 2011 Russian Federation National Award in Literature and the Arts is conferred to Galina Malanicheva, chairwoman of the Central Council of the National Russian Society for Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments for her contribution to preserving Russia’s cultural heritage

Galina Malanicheva (born 1947) has worked at the Society for Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments ever since its foundation.

Ms Malanicheva is actively involved in work to improve legislation, and carry out expert reports, studies, monitoring and work to register and document historical and cultural monuments, and was behind the idea to revive the practice of Russian Heritage student detachments to take part in preservation, restoration and development work at monasteries, museums, reserves, and historical and archaeological sites. 

Ms Malanicheva’s professional experience and qualities and the social importance of her work have contributed much towards preserving Russia’s cultural heritage.