Original (In Russian):
Russian historical monument in California will not close
February 1, 2010
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger after the request of the
governor of the Vologda region Vyacheslav Pozgalev decided not to
close the historical park of Fort Ross, located in the
state. Earlier, in connection with the budget deficit, it was
decided to save the content of more than two hundred national parks
in the United States.On the verge of closure was a symbol of Russian
history in California - Fort Ross.
Governor of the U.S. state of California Arnold Schwarzenegger after
the request of the governor of the Vologda Region of Russia
Vyacheslav Pozgalev decided not to close the historical park of Fort
Ross, located in California, the press service of the administration
of the Vologda region.
Schwarzenegger thanked Pozgalev for "appreciation, this state
historical park, Fort Ross, and attention to his fate.
In September 2009, in connection with a deficit budget of California
decided to save the content of more than two hundred national parks.
. On the verge of closure was a symbol of Russian history in
California - Fort Ross.
Fort functioned since 1812 and was considered the southernmost
Russian settlement in North America. The fort was founded by
Russian merchant Ivan Kuskov come from Tot'ma. It is located 100
kilometers north of San Francisco.
On the territory of the settlements built Orthodox church, in her
sometimes prayer services. . Russian living in the U.S., visited Fort
Ross as a sign of respect to the first Russian settlers. It is
believed that the first Russian colonists built a shipyard and
windmills in California. Over the weekend hundreds of people visited the fort.
At the end of September 2009 Pozgalev appealed to the governor of
California with a request to seek funding for the fort. "Given the
difficult financial situation in your state in connection with
natural disasters, however, we would ask you to consider our request
and the request regarding the future of the state historical park,
Fort Ross, located in the district rank of", wrote Pozgalev.
He noted that "for the residents of Totma Vologda Fort Ross - not
just a historical milestone in the development of Russo-American
relations. "In 1799, the Russian presence in North America was
established just born in this city, Ivan Kuskov, which more than
three decades spent in Alaska and California" - said Pozgalev.
In Totma Kuskova is a museum, opened in 1990 in his memorial house.
The museum exhibition is popular among American diplomats and tourists.
In his letter Pozgalev also noted that "it is today, when the
Russo-American intergovernmental relations are developing dynamically
and is particularly fruitful, Fort-Ross may be a bridge between the
two great powers."
Later the authorities of California reported that they would not
close the Russian fortress. Schwarzenegger also announced a plan that
would preserve the unique monument.
"Thank you for your message regarding the historical park, Fort
Ross. I am pleased to report that, despite the financial
difficulties of California State Parks will remain open. I worked
very closely with the Department of Finance and the service parks and
recreation, and we were able to find a solution that will avoid the
closure of parks in this year ", wrote Schwarzenegger.
"I appreciate your taking the time to express your interest and
appreciation of Fort Ross. As you noted, Fort Ross is a part of both
American and Russia's heritage. I am also proud of the natural
beauty and rich history of the park: it is in Fort-Ross first
appeared in our state of the windmill and the shipyard, and Russian
scientists were the earliest scientific descriptions of flora and
fauna of California's history. Once again, thank you for taking the
time to write me "- described in a letter to California governor.
In response to a message from an American colleague on behalf of the
Governor Pozgalev residents of Vologda and myself, I thanked the
leadership of the State of California for such a decision. "I hope
that the next generation of our countries will continue the tradition
of commemorative and preserve the unique historical park as a pledge
to strengthen and further development of Russia-US bilateral
relations," - he wrote.
In September last year, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said
it was considering public-private partnership as a promising form of
cooperation, and cited as an example the situation with the Russian
fort in California.
Then Lavrov turned to the business community, asking, "if
possible, to support this unique monument of Russian participation in
the development of America and a symbol of old Russia-US relations.
According to Park Service California, to maintain the normal
functioning of the fort is required from $ 300 to $ 800 thousand per
year, depending on the services provided.