February 10, 2020, City of Silifke, Mersin Province, Turkey. - A memorial office museum of Andrei Karlov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Hero of Russia, who died on December 19, 2016 as a result of an attempt in Ankara, has opened in the Silifke branch of the Private Moscow International School (PMIS). The museum is created on the initiative of the school with the support of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC.


The opening ceremony of the memorial office museum was attended by the Ambassador's widow Marina Mikhailovna Karlova, the Director of the Private Moscow International School Lyubov Dukelskaya, students and teachers of the school, Deputy Mayor of Silifke Emine Djan; the representative of the Silifke District Education Department Jafer Selvi; Managing Director for GR and International Cooperation of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC Alexey Frolov.


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Turkey Aleksey Yerkhov sent a welcoming speech to the PMIS on the occasion of the opening of the memorial office museum. Alexey Frolov, Managing Director for GR and International Cooperation, AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC, read out the Ambassador’s welcoming speech and further emphasized on his own: “The opening of the museum is an important event for our company. The PMIS is the place where the children of our people working at the Akkuyu NPP construction site are studying. AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC traditionally takes part in the social and cultural life of the region, and therefore we supported this PMIS initiative so that Andrei Karlov's life story, his dedicated work to bring our two countries closer and better understand each other became accessible within arm's reach for our students and for all residents of the region. We are building Akkuyu NPP in Mersin province, the first nuclear power plant in Turkey, and this means that we are now neighbors and partners for many years to come. We remember how much Andrei Karlov did in his time to make the Akkuyu NPP construction project a reality, and we will always be grateful for this support.”

During the opening ceremony, the diplomat's widow Marina Karlova noted: “I believe that this museum is meant not only to preserve the memory of Andrei Karlov. It is important for me that it becomes a museum of friendship between Russia and Turkey, and children can get to know the life stories and work of famous diplomats. Many events will be held in this museum that will strengthen the friendship of our peoples - we need to know more about each other! I hope that both children and their parents will be frequent guests here.”

The exhibition features personal belongings of the Russian Ambassador gifted to the museum by his widow. The exhibition conveys a story of Andrei Karlov not only as a civil servant, but also as an ordinary person with his interests and hobbies. Among the exhibits are his favorite books, a camera, desk calendar, glasses, clothes and photos with famous people including the Hero of the Soviet Union, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The exhibits can be traced back to different stages of the diplomat’s life: graduation, business trips to Korea and Turkey, preferences in music. The decision to perpetuate the memory of the deceased diplomat was made by both the Russian and Turkish sides. The idea of opening the Karlov Museum is meant precisely for this.


The representative of the Silifke District Education Department Jafer Selvi expressed his respect to Andrei Karlov for his work that had always been aimed at maintaining good neighborly relations between Russia and Turkey:

“During his diplomatic service in the Republic of Turkey, Andrei Karlov “sowed the seeds of friendship” between our countries and peoples. He made a huge contribution to the history of development of Russian-Turkish relations. And today, here in Turkey, we are trying to continue his glorious work, live in friendship and do everything possible so that the memory of his dedicated work for the benefit of the two nations lives and bears fruit.”

In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum will also host cultural and historical events: in the near future, it is planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey in 2020; photo exhibition and lectures on the work of Soviet diplomats during the Great Patriotic War; photo exhibition about Russian diplomats-writers dedicated to the 225th anniversary of the birth of the Russian diplomat, playwright and poet A.S. Griboedov. “The Andrei Karlov memorial office museum has been set up in our school with the aim of expanding the knowledge of not only students, but also teachers and all guests of the school about the history of Russian-Turkish relations. As an international educational institution, we consider contributing to the formation of an open worldview in our students and, at the same time, a meaningful perception of events taking place in the international arena to be one of our important tasks. A close acquaintance with the personality and experience of the prominent Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov will be the best help to us,” said Lyubov Dukelskaya, Director of the Private Moscow International School.

The museum will also become an educational platform for students who decide to associate their future profession with diplomacy. Career guidance will be provided here for those wishing to continue their studies in the field of international relations: visits of students and graduates of relevant Russian universities, as well as representatives of the diplomatic service, are planned.


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About Ambassador Andrey Karlov


Andrei Karlov graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). For many years he worked at the Embassy of the USSR in the DPRK, and then at the Embassy of Russia in South Korea. In July 2013, he was seconded to be the Russian Ambassador to Turkey.


Andrei Karlov made a significant contribution to establishing good neighborly relations between Russia and Turkey. Karlov made a lot of efforts to normalize Russian-Turkish relations in the wake of the crisis associated with the downed Russian military aircraft. As a result of Karlov’s efforts, serious shifts were noted in politics and economics. In 2016, it became possible to resume work on the Turkish Stream project – the two countries signed an intergovernmental agreement to lay a gas pipeline. While in Turkey, Karlov supported and facilitated the cultural exchange between the two countries. In February 2014, the Center for Russian Science and Culture was opened in Ankara with his assistance.

Andrei Karlov was killed in an assassination attempt in Ankara on December 19, 2016. Russia and Turkey decided to preserve the memory of the diplomat and his work that had played a significant role in strengthening the friendship of the two peoples.


About Private Moscow International School in Silifke


The school for the children of employees of the Akkuyu NPP project in the city of Silifke (Silifke district, Mersin province, Turkey) opened on October 1, 2019. The general educational institution is functioning as a branch of the Private Moscow International School (Özel Moskova Milletlerarası Okulu) founded in 2011 in Antalya. The school hosts a choral studio, studios of fine and theatrical arts, a choreographic studio, a class of applied physics, basketball and football classes, extra tuition class in chemistry and biology, and an English speaking club. At the request of parents, the school is ready to organize Turkish language courses for adults and children.


About Akkuyu NPP Project


Akkuyu NPP is the first-ever nuclear power plant to be built in the Republic of Turkey. The project is being implemented on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement concluded between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on May 12, 2010. The project provides for the construction of four power units with Russian made generation 3+ VVER reactors. The capacity of each NPP power unit will amount to 1200 MW. Currently the project is entirely financed by the Russian side. Rosatom State Corporation is a majority shareholder of AKKUYU NUCLEAR JSC which has committed itself to the design, construction, maintenance, operation and decommissioning of the power plant. Akkuyu NPP is the first project in the global nuclear industry being implemented according to Build-Own-Operate model. Throughout the service life of Akkuyu NPP (60 years with a possible extension), Turkey will receive part of the income generated by Russian investments. In addition to direct payments and taxes, the project will create jobs and bring other positive effects on the Turkish economy.


Akkuyu NPP is a commercial NPP project with the latest VVER-1200 reactors. The reactors are equipped with a number of active and passive safety systems that meet the so-called “post-Fukushima” safety requirements. Serial production and operation of this technology at Novovoronezh NPP-2 and Leningrad NPP-2 confirm their reliability.