Alisher Usmanov received the award “Philanthropist of the Year” for the second time

The awarding ceremony of the annual national award “Philanthropist of the Year 2017” took place in the Marble Hall of the Russian ethnography museum during the VI Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum on the


The awarding ceremony of the annual national award “Philanthropist of the Year 2017” took place in the Marble Hall of the Russian ethnography museum during the VI Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum on the 16th of November.

The Committee of experts came to a decision to grant the award to Alisher Usmanov, a Russian entrepreneur, the founder of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. Olga Golodets, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Vladimir Medinsky, the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation handed in the award to Alisher Usmanov.

“In Russia philanthropists were always connected with the culture and many art collections had been built and preserved due to their efforts. Many of these collections that had been created by philanthropists still exist” — Olga Golodets said.

Vladimir Medinsky mentioned: “Russian entrepreneurs provide the great support and funding to institutions that impact the development of culture and art in the Russian regions.”

The Committee of the award “Philanthropist of the Year” pointed out the following charity projects launched with the support of Alisher Usmanov and his Foundation, among a dozen of others:

  • Preservation and modernisation of cultural infrastructure objects and organisation of cultural and educating events in Orenburg region;
  • Organisation of the exhibition “Roma Aeterna. Masterpieces of the Vatican Pinacotheca — Bellini, Raphael, Caravaggio” in the State Tretyakov Gallery;
  • Tours of the National Philharmonic of Russia headed by Vladimir Spivakov to the Russian regions.

Alisher Usmanov was awarded with the title “Philanthropist of the Year” for the second time. In 2015, he received this title of honour for the first time.

The award “Philanthropist of the Year” is organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The main goal of the award is to encourage charity and sponsorship activities of the companies, entities, organisations and private individuals in the areas of art and culture across the Russian Federation.


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