South Ossetia: cultural losses

Mikhail Shvydkoy, Russian Special Representative for Cultural Co-operation

1948 - Born in Kyrgyzstan
1971 - Graduates, State Academy of Theatre Arts, GITIS, Moscow
1973 - Secretary, editor, Theatre magazine
1991 - CEO, Kultura Publishing House, Moscow
1993 - Deputy minister of culture, Russian Federation
1997 - Chief editor, Kultura television channel, Moscow
1997 - President, all-Russian television and radio company
2000 - Culture minister, Russian Federation
2004 - Head, Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography
2008 - Russian special representative for cultural co-operation

Today we will talk about the damage done to culture by war. The small republic of South Ossetia has lost nearly a thousand of its citizens as a result of the Georgian attack of the 7th of August. Not only were human lives lost as a result of indiscriminate shelling, but also the invaluable cultural heritage of this country. To talk about this damage we’re joined on Spotlight by Russia’s Special Representative for Cultural Co-operation, Mikhail Shvydkoy.