On February 10, 1837 the Great Russian poet, master of word Alexander Pushkin tragically passed away. The Russian Embassy in Eritrea together with the Association of Graduates of Soviet and Russian Universities in Eritrea on held a commemorative event at the monument to Alexander Pushkin in the heart of Asmara the eve of the 181st Anniversary of the poet’s death.
The participants laid wreaths and flowers at the monument. Afterwards the Russian Ambassador to Eritrea Azim Yarakhmedov delivered the inaugural address. He noted Pushkin’s contribution to the development of Russian culture. According to the Ambassador, Alexander Pushkin has become a symbol of friendship between Russia and Eritrea.
After the speech of the Ambassador the Embassy staff read poetry of Pushkin. Ambassador Azim Yarakhmedov as well as Oleg Koshcheev, Oleg Fedotov, Andrei Vidiaikin, Marat Gadzhiev, Murad Akhkuev and Asmerom Ghebremeskel read poetry in Russian, English, Tigrinya, Lezgian, French, Korean and Turkish. Members of the Association of Graduates of Soviet and Russian Universities also read Pushkin’s poetry in Tigrinya and Russian.
Ambassador of Great Britain Ian Richards, Ambassador of France Francois Goldblatt, Ambassador of Germany Andreas Zimmer, Ambassador of Turkey Aykut Kumbaroglu, Head of the UN Mission to Eritrea Susan Ngongi, Head of the Red Cross office in Eritrea Ishfaq Khan, senior diplomats of the Embassies of Egypt, Italy, Qatar, the EU delegation as well as head of National Police and Security Forces General Simon Ghebredengel and the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Eritrean Foreign Ministry Ambassador Negassi Sengal, pupils and citizens also attended the event as guests. The event was covered by Eri-TV channel of Eritrea.