Russian Cultural Center in Alaska project, dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the Krasnoyarsk Air Route "Alaska-Siberia", won the "Silver Archer" award

The authors of the best public projects in the sphere of education and culture became laureates of the Russian national award "Silver Archer". The official ceremony was held at the Russian Cultural Center in Washington, USA on March 6th, 2018.

In the United States, the contest was held for the seventh time and more than 90 projects have been considered during this period. Their creators, as a rule, are not some specialists or large structures, but entrepreneurs, teachers, scientists and cultural figures who live in the United States and do everything to develop contacts between the citizens of our two countries.

The project "Nobody is Forgotten, Nothing is Forgotten", authored by Anna Vernaya, the founder and director of the Russian Center in Alaska is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the "ALSIB" air route, along which, during the Second World War, American planes were ferried to the Soviet Union to strengthen the positions of the Soviet troops under the Lend-Lease Act, signed by President Roosevelt in March, 1941 (initially aimed at the countries of former British Empire and China) and in November, 1941 expanded to include the USSR.


The first director of the Russian Cultural Center in Washington Natalia Batova presents the award to Anna Vernaya


In 2017, the 75th Anniversary of the Krasnoyarsk Air Route "Alaska-Siberia" was celebrated throughout the year with various events in the city of Krasnoyarsk, including a scientific and practical conference dedicated to this topic and held in November 2017.

Following the recommendation of the Congress of Russian Americans, the Russian Cultural Center in Alaska in its turn organized the celebration of the 75th Anniversary in the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks and presented a special international project, with the participation of Bravo 369 (Seattle, Washington), historians of Anchorage (Alaska), Senior priest of the Orthodox Church of St. Tikhon Father Danil (Anchorage, Alaska), Senators from Alaska in the US Congress, Consul General V. Timashov (Seattle, Washington), representatives of Alaska veteran organizations, public figures of the State of Alaska and other states, in particular, the family of Gus Schaefer (Chicago, Illinois). The project was presented by Craig Lang - the executive director of Bravo 369 and a pilot.

About the Award

The "Silver Archer – USA" Award was established by the Board of Trustees of the Russian national award in the field of development of public relations "Silver Archer" within the nomination "Communications in the Global World" and is an independent contest focused on projects implemented on the territory of the USA. The United States became the first country abroad where this contest was held.

In Russia, the award "Silver Archer" has been awarded since 1997. Many famous politicians, public figures, journalists, scientists and cultural figures have become its laureates. 

For more details about the events that took place in the framework of the 75th Anniversary of Krasnoyarsk Air Route "Alaska-Siberia" see here.