Vladimir Ronin spoke in Brussels about the attractiveness of Belgium in the early twentieth century

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A lecture by the professor of Leuven University, historian and writer Vladimir Ronin entitled “100 anniversary of "Russian Exodus" and post-revolutionary emigration. Why to Belgium?” took place at the Russian Centre in Brussels.

In the 1920s, about ten thousand Russian emigrants settled in Belgium. But why did they choose this small country? What brought them here? What advantages did Belgium have in the eyes of the former citizens of the Russian Empire? The participants received answers to these questions from Vladimir Ronin.

Opening the meeting, the head of the RCSC Vera Bunina noted that post-revolutionary emigration is a very important page in the Russian history. “We would not like to give an assessment to either those who left Russia or those who remained. Now it doesn’t matter to us. We would like to talk about people, their destinies, their paths. About how they refracted the history of the Russian exodus in their life. And, of course, we would like to talk about the contribution that the Russian people made to the culture, science, industry of those countries that became their home. Here in Belgium, this contribution is very noticeable,” said Bunina.

You can watch the full lecture of Vladimir Ronin on our YouTube channel.

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