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16:21 | Jun 21 | 2013

Exhibition in memory of Alexander Migalkin

The exhibition dedicated to life and activity of Alexander Migalkin “Be useful is the need of a soul” was held at the State Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples of the North named after E. Yaroslavsky.

On June 17, on the natal day of Migalkin, who died in December of last year, the exhibition hall gathered his relatives, friends, colleagues and countrymen. Egor Shishigin, the director of the Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples of the North, opened the exhibition with the words: “Alexander strongly supported our museum, inviting here international delegations. He made an enormous contribution to the establishment and development of international relations. He was a patriot and the first companion-in-arms of the first president of our Republic, a man of great culture and an auspicious diplomat. I think he set a shining example for young people of today. The museum thanks the Migalkins family for provided materials”.

Head of the Presidential Administration and the RS (Y) Government, Yury Kupriyanov, thanked the museum for the exhibition opening and said: “Alexander was a kind person of an open disposition. Thanks to this exhibition it seems that he has come alive. Everyone who was somehow familiar with him can see themselves on the memorable photographs. I hope that on the eve of his birthday this exhibition will enlarge the number of people who know and respect him”. Faina Sokolova, the Deputy Minister of Federative Affairs and External Relations of the RS (Y), shared her personal memories of collaboration with A. Migalkin. She noted that Alexander was a good-natured person, and he always supported and defended his partners and even beginning co-workers ... “We can talk about this person and list all his awards and achievements for a long time, but the most significant Alexander’s contribution was establishment of external international relations of our Republic; our Republic formed a legal framework with the help of his first moves in this direction; we made external relations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia thanks to his initiative; the Republic was the only region of Russian where the main foreign ministry of the country held the Foreign Ministry Days in 2003. The most important decisions for successful development of international and foreign economic relations of our Republic were made just in that period.”

Alexander Migalkin also paid special attention to development of cooperation with international organizations: the region greatly intensified cooperation with UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the Northern Forum and the Arctic Council. One of the important results of this work was a historical event - conferring of a status of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity to the Yakut heroic epos Olonkho.

The exhibition was also visited by the Deputy Chairman of the State Assembly (Il Tumen) of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Alexander Zhirkov and his brothers – a famous Yakutian poet Ivan Migalkin and the Deputy Director of the Institute Olonkho Afanasy Migalkin.

The exposition comprised items from a personal archive of A. Migalkin: diplomas, letters of appreciation, certificates, personal records, documents, photographs, souvenirs from Mongolia and his family heirlooms. The exhibition can be visited until the end of August. The Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) ordered to erect a monument on his grave on the day of his 55th birthday.

   Ivanova Mariia


Alexander Vasilievich Migalkin was born on June 20, 1958 in Borogontsy village of Ust-Aldansky region of Yakutia. In 1980 he graduated from the Yakutsk State University. 

In 1992-1997 he was the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under the President of the Russian Federation and was responsible for international and foreign economic relations. In 1997-1999 he worked as a representative of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) at the Northern Forum Secretariat in Anchorage (Alaska, USA).

In 1999-2006 A. Migalkin worked as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

In January 2006, by order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Migalkin was appointed the Consul General of Russia in Erdenet (Mongolia). He was awarded the Order of the Mongolian “Polar Star” - the highest honor awarded by the Government of Mongolia to foreign residents.

Since 2010 Migalkin headed the Department of International Studies of the Institute of Foreign Philology and Regional Studies of the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk. He was an adviser to the Deputy Chairman of the State Assembly of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and an advisor to the General Director of “Sakhaenergo” JSC.

Alexander Migalkin died on December 1, 2012 after a long illness.