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Fort Ross Dialogue international conference will be held in Vologda

Fort Ross Dialogue international conference will be held in Vologda on June 2, 2019.

Politicians, entrepreneurs, cultural figures from Russia and the United States will discuss prospects for strengthening relations between the two countries in Vologda, Russia.

Since 2012 the venue of the annual international forum has always been the Fort Ross California Historic Park, founded by Russian merchants from the Vologda Region at the beginning of the 19th century. Its participants are Russian and American politicians, representatives of the Russian Geographical Society, experts and entrepreneurs from both countries.

Fort Ross Dialogue is an independent forum where Americans and Russians meet in a constructive atmosphere to encourage conversation and collaboration. This event is sponsored by Chevron, Transneft, and Sovcomflot.

Last year the Fort-Ross Dialogue international conference was first held in Russia. Pskov and Izborsk hosted it on May 29-30, 2018. The participants of the forum were Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Special Presidential Representative for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft, President and CEO of the Fort Ross Conservancy Sarah Sweedler, authorities of Russian regions, prominent international experts.

The forum in Vologda will conduct discussions and seminars on major issues of the bilateral agenda, economic issues and interaction in various fields. The participants will cover a crucial problem of Fort Ross Park improvement.

Fort Ross, a former Russian settlement and fortress, is now a national historic landmark in the U.S. state of California.

For the residents of the Vologda Region Fort Ross is not only a symbol of the Russian contribution to the development of America, it is also an opportunity to develop scientific, cultural and social ties between the Vologda Oblast Government, the state of California and in general between Russia and the United States.

Every year on July 26, the small town of Totma in Russia’s Vologda Region celebrates Russian America Day at the same time as Fort Ross in northern California, once the southernmost outpost of the Russian empire in the Americas and founded by Totma native Ivan Kuskov. Over 200 years ago a colony 80 km off north of San Francisco was used as a fur and agricultural supply post.

Now Fort Ross is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status.

Vologda Oblast official website