The Institute of the CIS countries in Sevastopol published the first issue of the Soloviev Collection
«For the Glory and Benefit of Russia» — this is the title of the first issue of the «Soloviev Collection», published by the Institute of the CIS countries in Sevastopol. It presents materials from the events of 2021-2023 organized by the Institute or held with the participation of its employees.
As noted in the appeal to readers, the published materials, on the one hand, are a kind of report on the work done. On the other hand, they make it possible to fully understand the direction and content of the activities of the Institute, which has been operating since 2005.
Konstantin Fedorovich Zatulin, Special Representative of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on Migration and Citizenship, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Deputy of the State Duma I, IV, V, VII, VIII convocations, head of the Institute of the CIS countries, chairman of the Commission on International Policy of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy, member of the Scientific Council under the Security Council of the Russian Federation, member of the Government Commission on Compatriots Abroad, member of the Government Commission on Migration Policy. Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Crimea Konstantin Zatulin has systematically, consistently, continuously and effectively dealt with the Sevastopol-Crimean-Black Sea issues at the sovereign level for three decades.
From the moment of its foundation, Rear Admiral Vladimir Evgenyevich Solovyov, who from 1986 to 1998 held the post of intelligence chief of the Black Sea Fleet, has been the head of the Institute of CIS Countries in Sevastopol since its foundation. He made a significant contribution to defending the interests of Russia in the Black Sea region, the effective use of the forces of the fleet in the South-Western sea direction. Vladimir Evgenievich devoted his whole life to the Motherland, the Navy and Sevastopol. Awarded with three orders. Since November 2019, Captain 1st Rank Sergey Gorbachev, Chairman of the Sevastopol Regional Branch of the Union of Journalists of Russia, Scientific Secretary of the Military Scientific Society of the Black Sea Fleet, Professor of the Academy of Military Sciences of Russia, Candidate of Political Sciences, has become the Executive Director of the Institute.
Actively cooperating with the command of the Black Sea Fleet and veterans, various structures of the Republic of Crimea and the Hero City of Sevastopol, politicians and public figures, providing organizational, methodological assistance to members of public associations, citizens, employees of the Institute of CIS Countries in Sevastopol focus their activities on the further integration of Crimea and Sevastopol into the legal field, the historical and cultural space of the Russian Federation, interact with compatriots who connect their past, present and future with Russia, strengthening the foundations of the Russian world and the Slavs. The Institute pays attention to the organization of life according to Russian principles and standards in the new subjects of the Federation, the conduct of the Special Military Operation of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine — the former Ukrainian SSR.
The forms of work of the Institute are very different. This is the initiation and organization of events according to the profile of activity, participation in projects and events of colleagues and partners. Every year, the Institute organizes the traditional Soloviev geopolitical scientific and practical readings (held since 2021), as well as the popular International Veteran Tennis Tournament «Big Capless Cap», which has been held without interruption for 17 times. This is not just a sports competition that gathers authoritative politicians, military men, cosmonauts, businessmen in Sevastopol on the eve of the Navy Day, but a complex of patriotic, active, selfless events. The employees of the Institute actively cooperate with creative unions and media structures.
This first published «Soloviev Collection» presents the materials of the First and Second Soloviev geopolitical scientific and practical readings (respectively, held in May 2021 and June 2022) and the scientific and practical conference «Crimean reality of Russia against the «Crimean mythology» of Ukraine» (July 27, 2021). In addition, it publishes other materials that have not lost their significance even today. It seems that they are of scientific, cognitive, interest, are of an applied nature for researchers and political practitioners, teachers and students, journalists and public figures, everyone who is interested in the problems of international relations, follows the dynamics of the military-political situation, the development of the situation in the Black Sea-Caspian geostrategic sub-region, on the Crimean peninsula and in new subjects of the Russian Federation.
The collection will be distributed among the participants of the Third Solovyov Geopolitical Scientific and Practical Readings, which will be held on June 8 in the White Hall of the Livadia Palace. Their topic: “Crimea and the Black Sea Fleet in the fate of Russia. To the 240th anniversary of the Manifesto of Catherine II «On the adoption of the Crimean Peninsula, the island of Taman and the entire Kuban side under the Russian State», the creation of the Black Sea Fleet and the founding of Sevastopol.
The purpose of the Readings is to summarize the achievements of researchers, public and political figures, the experience of structures that, using «soft power», implement the tasks of the country’s leadership to ensure military security, socio-economic development, education and patriotic education of Russian citizens and compatriots, and contribute to the implementation of these tasks. in the South of Russia, new Russian territories.
Topical issues of geopolitics, political practice, and the humanitarian sphere concerning the Black Sea-Caspian geostrategic space, the Black Sea Fleet, the Special Military Operation in Ukraine, as well as the socio-political and cultural life of Crimea and Sevastopol are proposed for discussion.
One of the main places in the list of topics discussed is proposed to be given to the analysis of the past, present and future of the Black Sea Fleet and the Russian Navy as a whole, as well as the role of the city of Sevastopol as the main base of the Black Sea Fleet. Anniversaries — the 240th anniversary of the creation of the Black Sea Fleet and the founding of Sevastopol — give a special tone to the discussion.
The Readings will be opened by Konstantin Fedorovich Zatulin, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Head of the Institute of CIS Countries. The leaders of the Republic of Crimea, senators, deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, representatives of the clergy, the diplomatic corps, social activists, and veterans are invited to participate in the Readings. Representatives of the scientific, expert community of the Black Sea Fleet, Sevastopol and Crimea, guests from Moscow will take part in the discussion. Among them are Advisor to the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy (1992-1999), Commander of the Black Sea Fleet (1991-1992) Admiral Igor Vladimirovich Kasatonov; Commander of the Black Sea Fleet (2013-2018), Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy (2018-2019), First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Navy — Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Navy (2019-2021) Admiral Alexander Viktorovich Vitko. Judging by the composition of the Readings participants, the discussion will become interesting and useful, and its materials will be included in the second issue of the Soloviev Collection.
The organizers of the Readings, which are held in the format of the XVI International Festival «The Great Russian Word», are supported by the State Council of the Republic of Crimea and personally its Chairman Vladimir Andreevich Konstantinov, as well as the administration of the Livadia Palace Museum.
author: Executive Director of the Institute of the CIS countries in Sevastopol Sergey Gorbachev