The Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky expects that in the next seven to eight years, five more Russian objects will be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. He said this during the all-Russia meeting "Russia in the world cultural and natural heritage" in Kazan, Tass reports.
"Now we are preparing documents for the inclusion of five other objects in the list: Gorokhovets (Vladimir Region), Great Pskov (Pskov Region), not only the Kremlin, but also monuments of ancient Pskov, the Transfiguration Cathedral of Yaroslavl, Petroglyphs on the White Sea and on Onego Lake in Karelia, Bashkir Ural in Bashkortostan and Kenozero, known throughout the world, in the Arkhangelsk region, most of which are included in the UNESCO Tentative List, and we hope that they will replenish this list in the next 7-8 years," he said.
According to him, the Ministry needs to "support the efforts of the regions that pay special attention to the promotion of cultural heritage and the difficult way to include new objects in this list." "The Ministry of Culture, as the national coordinator for the World Cultural Heritage, is ready to provide all-round advice to all organizations that are interested in this," he added.
2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the inscription of the first Russian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List - Historic Center of St. Petersburg and related groups of monuments, Kizhi Pogost in Karelia, Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow. As of 2017, the list includes 29 natural and cultural objects of the Russian Federation.
In total, the World Heritage List, which has been in operation since 1972, currently includes 1,073 properties in 165 countries.