Since 2012, Sovcomflot together with Transneft and Chevron assists in preservation of Fort Ross, a former Russian trade outpost established in California in 1812, that today remains a unique monument to Russian history and culture in the United States. Fort Ross is listed in the US National Register of Historic Places and is part of California’s Fort Ross State Historic Park.
This initiative is also continued through the Fort Ross Dialogue, an international forum focusing on economic and cultural ties between Russia and the US. Forum events are held twice a year, once in the US and once in Russia.
Meetings of parties to Arctic Convoys
PAO Sovcomflot offers constant support to meetings of the British and Russian veterans who participated in the Arctic Convoys. These gatherings take place during Victory Day commemorations on board the legendary cruiser the HMS Belfast – one of the last remaining ships that defended the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War. The project “Victory Day – London” is dedicated to these Convoys, and symbolises the joining of forces between the British Royal Navy and the Naval Forces of the Soviet Union, who made an inestimable contribution to the war against fascism.
*The Polar (Arctic) Convoys set off from Great Britain and the United States, arriving in the northernmost ports of the USSR, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. Over the four years of the War around 1400 trading ships were involved in them. 85 commercial vessels and 16 warships were lost as the result of attacks from the German Air Force and Navy.
Statue of Yuri Gagarin in Greenwich
In 2013 Sovcomflot Group became one of the sponsors of the statue of Yuri Gagarin at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich – the notional border between the eastern and western hemispheres. Elena Gagarina, the daughter of the great cosmonaut and the director of the museums at the Moscow Kremlin, was a guest of honour at the opening ceremony, as well as the Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom Mr Aleksandr Yakobenko, representatives of Roscosmos, and members of the British royal family.