Director of the Andrić Institute, Emir Kusturica, and the founder of the Foundation “Lisicin” Anatoly Lisicin have signed the agreement on mutual cooperation in the conservation of historic monuments of the First World War in Russia and the Balkans in the Andrićgrad.

Kusturica says that this agreement is of a great importance for the Andrić Institute because it is about people who are proven friends of Serbia and Andrićgrad as a symbolic representative of one culture.

“Today we have guests who are unusual. Among them is Mr. Viktor Ivanovich who has built many churches and a person who 67 per cent of its profits dedicates to charity and humanitarian effects and with that he has shown that rich people can be rich and good, that is, to serve and to have communication with the rest of the population,” says Kusturica.

It is expected that this cooperation under this agreement will be highly visible, just like everything in Andrićgrad, that is in Republic of Srpska.

Kusturica says that this cooperation which has started with the House of Lords of the Russian Duma, and is continuing with something that is a new idea – to develop benefaction and humanity as a link between these two nations.

Lisicin, who is also a member of the Upper House of the Russian Duma, says that in the last five years he has been dealing with research and preserving graves from the First World War on the territory of Ukraine and Serbia.

“With Professor Kusturica, we have signed the agreement relating to the preservation of graves in the former Yugoslavia,” says Lisicin.

He points out that work will begin in the municipality of Bela Crkva in Serbia, where there are a large number of graves where they were buried Russian officers.

“With the assistance of Professor Kusturica we believe that we will be able to fulfill what we have planned, and we expect cooperation of the Institute in the part relating to archive and organization of youth volunteers to assist the works in the municipality of Bela Crkva,” says Lisicin.