The rector of Saint Petersburg University, Nikolay Kropachev has dedicated many years of his life to improving cultural exchanges between South Korea and Russia.
He established a Department of Korean Studies at Saint Petersburg University in 2017,…where he assisted the installation of the statue of the late South Korean novelist Park Kyung-ri.
He's also been working as the Chairman of the Russian Coordinating Committee of the Korea-Russia Dialogue Forum for almost 10 years now.
In recognition of his contribution, Kropachev was granted honorary citizenship by Seoul city last year, and this year, he's been nominated as the 7th recipient of the Korea Foundation Award.
"I am very pleased to be awarded today. I will continue to strive to develop Korea-Russia relations. In particular, I plan to provide a translation for a Korean film based on the work of the late Park Kyung-ri so Russian viewers can enjoy the work as well."
The Korea Foundation Award honors individuals or organizations that promote a better understanding of Korea, and strive toward strengthening the friendship between Korea and the international community.
In his welcoming remarks prior to presenting the award, the Korea Foundation President gave a detailed explanation of Kropachev's achievements,… and thanked him for his dedication.
"Since next year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Russia, Kropachev's nomination is even more meaningful. Our foundation will continue to pursue cooperative relations between Korea and Russia that look towards the future."
Former South Korean ambassador to Russia, Woo Yoon-keun also showed his gratitude towards his friend Kropachev in his congratulatory speech, and hoped for stronger bilateral relations between the two countries.
Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.