U.S. Consul General Scott M. Rauland made his first official visit to Perm Oblast (Feb 11, 2004)
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U.S. Consul General Scott M. Rauland made his first official visit to Perm Oblast
February 11, 2004
Scott M. Rauland, the U.S. Consul General in the Urals, made his first official trip to Perm Oblast on February 11-13, 2004 to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Perm American Corner and the 10th anniversary of the Perm-Louisville Sister City relationship.
During the trip Mr. Rauland met with first Deputy Governor Anatoliy Tyomkin, Deputy governor Tatyana Margolina, and Mayor Arkadiy Kamenev.
Mr. Rauland praised the Sister City relationship of Perm and Louisville as an "example for the entire Urals region," noting that "such strong people-to-people relationships showed that Russian-American relations had entered a new phase."
The Consul General congratulated the city and Perm Oblast on the first anniversary of the American Corner, which has registered over 2,000 readers in its first year, and presented the American Corner several video films and books.
During the visit the Consul General also met with alumni of American exchange programs and attended a presentation of success stories of some of those alumni prepared by the Perm IATP Center.
Mr. Rauland attended the ceremony of the 10th anniversary of Perm-Louisville Sister City relations February 12 together with the Mayor of Perm, Arkadiy Kamenev, and was impressed by the amount of cultural activities the cities have undertaken together.
The Consul General also visited Perms' Ballet and Opera Theater and the Love's Bridge shelter for Perm's street children, where a donation of materials collected by U.S. Consulate employees was made to support the activities of the shelter.