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Ioannis Kapodistrias bust unveiled

A bust of Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776-1831), Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and first governor of the Greek State, was unveiled on Monday in Lausanne on the occasion of the two-day formal visit to Switzerland by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

According to an article in the Swiss daily “24heures”, the bust was made by Russian sculptor Vladimir Surovtsev, and commissioned in a joint initiative by Russia, Greece and Lausanne in order to highlight the leading role played by Kapodistrias in cementing the unity of Switzerland. He is also regarded as the patron of Canton Vaud, the independence of which he supported as requested by Czar Alexander I, according to an extensive article in the daily “24heures”.

Kapodistrias, as member of the Russian delegation in the Congress of Vienna in 1815, secured the recognition of Switzerland’s independence and neutrality.

Source: ANA-MPA

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Voices & visions Melbourne, 09.02.2012