The Italian Ambassador in Moscow, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, yesterday morning gave the Director of the “Dmitry Rogachev” Medical Research Centre in Moscow a check for more than 14 million roubles. It amounts to the proceeds from the biggest charity event by a diplomatic mission in the Russian capital in favour of the Country’s most advanced research centre in the field of paediatric haematology, oncology and immunology.
The 207,000 euro check amounts to the proceeds of the Bazar that was held last Saturday and Sunday in the Embassy’s gardens: a Christmas market selling Made-in-Italy fashion, food and design products to the almost 4,000 visitors. The staff of the Embassy, of ICE-Agency, of the Italian Cultural Institute and of the Italo Calvino school volunteered to organise the event over several months.
“It is a public diplomacy initiative and the Italian Embassy is the only one in Moscow that has organised something of this sort, of this level and with these volumes,” said Ambassador Ragaglini. He added: “We have shown that Italy is capable of these thrusts of generosity and friendship and this is enormously appreciated in Russia.”