BUENOS AIRES: July 24, 2018
Resurrection of the Lord Cathedral marks the centenary of the martyrdom of the Royal Family
On July 22, 2018, Resurrection of the Lord Cathedral in Buenos Aires hosted an exhibition of photographs of the Royal Family of Russia.
Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Sunday morning by His Grace Bishop John of Caracas and South America along with His Grace Bishop Kirill of Buenos Aires and Central and South America of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Both hierarchs then attended the opening of an exhibition of photographs of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, which was followed by a banquet and a lecture by Igor Nikolaevich Andrushkevich, a social activist, publicist, historian, journalist and political analyst.
The son of a emigre Russian colonel, Andrushkevich was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1927, and in 1948 moved with his parents to Argentina, where he studied philosophy and journalism. He has always been a social activist, reading lectures in Russian and Spanish on history, philosophy, politics and economics.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Igor Nikolaevich was a member of the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Argentina and Paraguay of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. On August 23, 2010, he was awarded the Medel of Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow, 3rd Degree, “in recognition of his work towards strengthening Church unity.”
Andrushkevich’s Spanish-language lecture was titled “The Reforms of Tsar Nicholas II,” offering a brief historical overview of the Russian government in the early 20th century, demonstrating the broad progressive efforts of the last Russian Tsar, whose wise initiatives were later erased by consequent historical events.
Many Russians, Argentinians and Serbs attended the event, including historians and political figures, and diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The exhibition of photographs of the Royal Family was prepared with the support of Sretensky Monastery in Moscow and the website Pravoslavie.ru.
The show was greeted with great enthusiasm. Tamara Evtushenko, the organizer of the exhibit, talked about plans to move the exponents to the Russian Department of the La Plata International Relations University. A documentary on the Royal Family will likewise be screened at various universities in Argentina, along with lectures by political academics on the basis of official documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the events of 1918; students of Russian language at St Petersburg University will also hold talks in Buenos Aires on “The Last Royal Family of Russia and Their Moral Values.”