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Library in Memory of American Historian of Russia Opens in St. Petersburg

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The memorial library to honor the legacy of the US professor of Russian history and culture Richard Stites has opened in St. Petersburg, Russia.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The memorial library to honor the legacy of the US professor of Russian history and culture Richard Stites has opened in St. Petersburg, Russia, according to a press release by Russian National Research University’s Higher School of Economics.

“It is a symbolic event of international cooperation in the sphere of culture and scholarship, emphasizing Richard Stites’ legacy… who did so much to promote a wider European comparative perspective in Russian history,” the press release said on Thursday.

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The library was established with donations from the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History at American University in Washington, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, DC and the Department of North America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The library is housed at the St. Petersburg Campus of the Higher School of Economics. It contains more than 1,500 volumes on history, social sciences and the humanities, as well as English translations of the works of Russian philosophers, historians and publicists, according to the press release.

“It is symbolic of Richard Stites' profound love for Russia that his unique collection is now available to students and specialists both in the United States and Russia,” Carmel Institute Director Anton Fedyashin said.

Richard Stites was a historian of Russian culture and professor of history at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He wrote several books on Soviet popular culture and the women’s movement in Russia.

Stites work made significant contributions to the development of comparative global and European history by demonstrating the place and role of Russia in historic events, according to the press release.

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