On 12 October, a group of specialists in international and corporate relations from Gazprom International took part in a historical memorial evening, organised in Moscow by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with the assistance of the Simon Bolivar Latin American cultural centre and devoted to Indigenous Resistance Day, which is widely marked in Venezuela.
Jose Garcia Hernandez, the Venezuelan Ambassador in Russia, deputies from the State Duma of the Russian Federation, staff from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and also representatives from a number of foreign diplomatic missions participated in the events, which took place in the Great Hall of the All-Russian State Library of Foreign Literature. In his welcoming address, Mr. Hernandez particularly stressed that the great discovery by Christopher Columbus which occurred 500 years ago, is at the same time a rather controversial event. This can be explained by the fact that acquiring access to the fruits of European civilization for the indigenous population of America meant long-term bloody war, the plundering of the continent's natural riches, and the destruction of whole peoples and cultures.
Doctor of Historical Sciences, Edward Aleksandrenkov, delivered a talk on "A different view of the discovery of the Americas", in which he touched on the most thorny issues of the period of colonisation, the subsequent struggle of the indigenous peoples for their rights and the protection of their national identity.
The programme of events also included an exhibition organised by Venezuela's Ministry of the People's Power for Foreign Affairs. Paintings, sculptures and applied artworks were presented in this exhibition. This exposition has been imported to Moscow for the first time and has enjoyed great success. The artistic part of the event concluded with a choreographic composition inspired by ritual indigenous dances, prepared by students at the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre.
Behind the scenes, Latin American historical, cultural and ethnographic issues were discussed, as well as the relationship between Russia and Venezuela.
Staff from Gazprom International met with the adviser to the Venezuelan envoy for energy issues, Jorglis Nunez. They spoke in particular about projects carried out in Venezuela by leading Russian oil-and-gas corporations, including the JV Servicios Venrus, set up by Gazprom Latin America B.V. (a subsidiary of Gazprom International) and the Venezuelan national oil-and-gas corporation, PDVSA.
According to Mr. Hernandez, Russia is a strategic partner for Venezuela, and a major oil power, which also occupies first position in the world in terms of reserves and production of natural gas. The ambassador noted that Venezuela, for its part, has "almost 18% of all of the planet's oil reserves."
"Therefore our cooperation in the energy sector is natural and mutually beneficial. And we do not only intend to organise energy projects - we would like to develop our links with Russia in technology, education, culture and other areas", stressed the Venezuelan ambassador.