Inauguration of the Monument to Nicholas II Designed by the President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli in the Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik, Assistant to the Russian President I.O. Schegolev, Secretary of State – Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Ivliev, President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli, film director Emir Kusturica, Executive Director of the Russian Military Historical Society Andrey Nazarov, Chairman of the Trustees’ Council of St. Vasily the Great Charitable Foundation Konstantin Malofeev.
The inscription on the monument’s base runs: “In Commemoration of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, Defender of the Serbian People and Lost Soldiers of the Serbian Volunteer Corps”. The bronze bust has been erected under the support of the Russian Military Historical Society, the Russian Institute for Strategic Researches and citizens of Banja Luka.
In the Orthodox Cathedral of the city of Banja Luka the Serbian and Russian clergy served a liturgy accompanied by the choir of the Ipatiev Monastery of the city of Kostroma. On the same day the University in Banja Luka hosted a panel discussion on the topic: “The 100th Anniversary of the First World War and Participation of Serbian Volunteers as a Part of the Russian Imperial Army” with involvement of Russian and Serbian researchers including Dr. Petr Multatuli – researcher of the life and reign of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II.