“We are satisfied with the session results. We are not part of the committee, Russia is an observer state. But all the questions concerning Russian natural and cultural world heritage sites were decided in our favor. And there were many of those questions,” Kuznetsov said.
The July 2-12 session of the Committee added two new world heritage sites to its Russia list. The first was a cultural site (a cathedral in the central republic of Tatarstan) and the second was a natural site (the landscape on Russia’s border with Mongolia).
“Other questions concerning us were reviewed. Some of them were decided without discussion. I mean the West Caucasus, the Wrangel Island, the Golden Mountains of Altai and the Baikal. The topic of Solovetsky Islands was discussed quite thoroughly,” the Russian official described.
The Solovetsky Islands is a group of islands on Russia’s northern shores inside the White Sea, where a monastery was built in the 15th century, followed in later centuries by several churches. It was included into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1992.