Russian diaspora in Belgium:

the uniqueness of fate and cultural heritage 

 • 27-28 November 2020, Brussels • 

About the conference

The centenary of the Russian exodus - the evacuation from Crimea on November 13-16, 1920, by almost 150 thousand members of the White movement - was celebrated in Belgium, which became a haven for more than 10 thousand representatives of the first wave of Russian emigration, including General Pyotr Wrangel, who commanded the evacuation. The Russian exodus became a symbol of tragic events, large-scale upheavals that Russia experienced.

The international online conference "Russian Diaspora in Belgium: the uniqueness of fate and cultural heritage", was attended by Russian and international researchers, journalists, experts - government and public figures. This conference became the central event of a series of cultural and historical online actions dedicated to the Civil War  

and White Emigration, which the RCSC held from November 22 to 29.

Centenary of the Russian exodus
The Russian exodus became a symbol of tragic events, large-scale upheavals that Russia experienced in that era. We pay tribute to the memory of all who died and suffered during that difficult time.
The 100th Years of these events "makes us think again about the deep foundations and strategic prospects of interaction between Russia and the rest of Europe.

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Conference program "Russian Exodus"
Day 1

27 November'20

Virtual visit presentation "Hall of Treasures of the Russian Empire in Brussels"
Leading: Daniel Stevens (Vice-President of the Foundation for the Preservation of Russian Heritage, Administrator of the Society of Friends of the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History of Belgium)
 20:00 / 8 pm (cet)         
 Musée Royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire. Salle russe
Day 2

28 November'20

Plenary part

Alexander Tokovinin

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Belgium

Pavel Shevtsov

Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo

Konstantin Mogilevsky

Chairman of the Board of the Russian Historical Society, Executive Director of the History of the Fatherland Foundation

Vadim Prokopenkov

Ccoordinator of the historical and memorial project "Russian Exodus"

Emmanuel Wagemans

writer, Slavist

Dmitry de Koshko

journalist, Honorary Chairman of the Council of Russian Compatriots in France

Vera Bunina /moderator/

Director of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Brussels

 12:00 / 12 аm (cet)         
Live broadcast on
Session I
"The history of the post-revolutionary Russian emigration in Belgium: a century-long journey"

“Life after the Tsar. Russian emigrants in Belgium, 1917-1945"

Wim Kudenis /moderator/

Professor of Russian History and Culture at the Catholic University of Leuven

"To know and remember: the image of" Russian Belgium "in the historical memory of modern Russia"

Marina Sorokina

Head of the Department of History of the Russian Abroad of the House of Russian Abroad named after Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Candidate of Historical Sciences

“100 years later. Similarities and differences between the first, second and third waves of Russian emigration in Belgium"

Irina Troitskaya

culturologist, specialist in intercultural communication

"Russian exodus in the perception of the modern Russian political elite and society"

Evgeniya Pyadysheva

Deputy Editor-in-Chief "International Affairs" magazine of the Russian Foreign Ministry of Russia, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor, Vice President of the European Security Academy

 13:00 / 1 pm (cet)         
 Live broadcast on
Session II
"Russian emigration - Belgium. What is the contribution of the Russian diaspora to the development of the country that gave her shelter?"

"What attracted Russian emigrants to Belgium?"

Vladimir Ronin /moderator/

PhD in History, Associate Professor at the Antwerp Branch of the Catholic University of Leuven

"White emigration in Belgium through the eyes of an eyewitness"

Alexander Khudokormoff

ex-adviser on economic and commercial issues The Belgian Embassy in Moscow, the son of a participant in the Russian exodus, Lieutenant Colonel A.V. Khudokormoff, the first chairman of the Union of Gallipoli in Belgium

"The cultural life of the Russian emigration in Belgium interbellum"

Daria Brancart

PhD in Slavic Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven

"Russian art emigration in Belgium. Results and prospects"

Nadezhda Avdyusheva-Lekomt

researcher of the history of Russian artistic emigration in Belgium. Member of the Expert Council of the Program of the Foundation of

D. S. Likhacheva

 15:00 / 3 pm (cet)         
 Live broadcast on
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The conference was attended by Russian and international researchers, journalists, experts - statesmen and public figures.