Russian visitors old and new

first_imgAn event Friday honoring the 75th anniversary of the historic Chkalov flight doubled as the opportunity to announce another distinguished Russian visitor.Sergey I. Kislyak, ambassador to the United States, will deliver the annual Marshall Lecture at 11 a.m. April 19 at Hudson’s Bay High School.• What: 2012 Marshall Lecture• Who: Sergey I. Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.• When: 11 a.m., Thursday, April 19• Where: Hudson’s Bay High School, 1206 E. Reserve St.• Cost: Free and open to the publicKislyak’s appearance is timely, said Elson Strahan, president and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. With the recent Russian presidential election and Russia’s impending entry into the World Trade Organization, Kislyak is an appropriate choice to deliver the 2012 Marshall Lecture, Strahan said.Strahan added that Kislyak is a suitable choice for reasons local as well as global, with the approach of the 75th anniversary of the transpolar flight from Russia to Vancouver.The announcement was part of an event at the Marshall House, where Gen. George C. Marshall hosted three Russian aviators in June 1937 after their 63-hour, 5,288-mile nonstop flight over the North Pole to Pearson Field.And speaking of global …Valery Chkalov, namesake and grandson of the ANT-25 pilot, and his son Igor helped unveil another product of the historic flight. The family has been part of an effort to make a dozen replicas of a globe Chkalov and a crew mate autographed in 1937.last_img

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