May 16

10:00 – 11:00 — Welcoming addresses
11:00 – 12:00 — Reports 

Slavenko Terzic, Doctor of History (Serbia), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia in the Russian Federation, corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Maxim Chinyakov, Cand. Sc. (History), Associate Professor of the Department of History at Moscow Pedagogical State University, academic secretary of “The Russian Expeditionary Force (1916–1918) Commemorative Society.”
“The Russian Troops in France and the Balkans: the main areas of study and further prospects.”

Elena Rudaya, Cand. Sc. (History), The Foundation for Studies of Historical Perspectives, Head of scientific, educational and cultural programmes; the Research Centre of “Voinskiy Sobor" Foundation, Director
Establishment of Special Brigades in light of the Russian foreign policy principles

Xavier Moreau, France, independent analyst, Strategic Policy Institute STRATPOL

12:00 – 12:30 —  Break
12:30 – 14:00 — Reports 

Continuity of heroic military service

Akexander Kirilin, Cand. Sc. (History), Moscow
Member of the Commission on Military Historical Issues under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Member of the Central Council of the of the Russian Historical Military Society, Military History Commission, Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Major General
The Far East: 30 years later. Former Special Brigades soldiers turned military leaders in the Soviet-Japanese War of 1945.

Oxana Ignatenko-Desanlis, docteur en histoire de l’art, The Institute of Slavonic Studies (Paris), Ecole du Louvre Association, Board member of “The Russian Expeditionary Force (1916–1918) Commemorative Society.” Descendant of two REF officers
Fighting for Fatherland till victory! A family’s story — three brothers fighting at three different fronts

Boyko V.А. (Ekaterinburg), researcher, LTC (ret.)
Military dynasties as a tradition of serving Russia. St George’s Cross holder Vasechkin V.S. and his family’s three generations of soldiers: 1812, 1914, 1941 

General issues of the REF history

Andrey Pavlov, Doctor of History, St. Petersburg State University, Associate Professor at the International Relations Department
The return of Special Brigade troops to Russia as a contentious issue in relations between France and the Russian Volunteer Army

Oleg Khlestov, Central Council Member of the “Descendants of WWI Participants" Society
Lieutenant-General V.I. Selivachev and his diary as an information source about Russian troops in France during World War I

Alekseev I.V., great-grandson of a REF soldier; Yuriy Konov, Pskov Museum and National Reserve, researcher
Poet and warrior. Nikander Alekseyev and establishment of the Mikhailovskoye Pushkin Museum and Landscape Reserve (1920s) 

14:00 – 15:00 — lunchbreak
15:00 – 16:00  –  transfer to the Central Armed Forces Museum
16:00 – 17:00 – Exhibition opening ceremony at the museum, followed by a tour 

May 17

10:00 – 11:15 — Reports

Frédéric Guelton, Doctor of History (France), Colonel, Academic Council member of the Committee for Centenary Commemoration of World War I
Russian Legion of Honour: is reality stronger than myths?

Jean-Claude Fombaron, Professor of Nancy 2 University, President of the Vosges Philomatic Society, France
The dissolution of the lost battalions of the Russian Legion in Lorraine (1918): from soldiers to military workers

Zoya Bocharova, PhD of History (Moscow, Professor, Lomonosov State University
The status of Russian combatants in France after World War I (based on soldiers’ letters.)

Adam R., PhD (History), Professor, Grenoble Academy, France
Russian soldiers in Algeria

Gwendal Piégais, PhD student at the University of Western Brittany
Russian troops in the Balkans: soldiers and workers (1916–1918)

11:15 – 11:45 — Break
11:45 – 13:30 — Reports

The Russian Expeditionary Force and Orthodox Christianity

Michail Shkarovski, Doctor of History. (St. Petersburg, leading researcher and chief archivist at the Central State Archive, professor at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy, member of the Scientific Council of Berlin Institute of Comparative Church-State Studies)
The biographies of Russian monks from the Mount Athos monasteries who fought in the Russian Expeditionary Force (based on ARPMA archives)

Olga Petrounina, Doctor of History, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Professor, Chair of Modern and Contemporary History)
Diplomatic documents on the Franco-Russian expeditionary detachment at Mount Athos in 1917

Alexander Loushin, PhD of Law (Nizhny Novgorod, Academy of the Ministry of the Interior of Nizhny Novgorod, Associate Professor, Emeritus Collaborator of the Ministry of the Interior, member of the Union of Journalists, Colonel), descendant of a REF soldier
Priest Nikolay Tsvetaev’s family in the crucible of the Great War and in immigration to France

Romanenko-Missonov A.I. (Moscow), researcher, grandson of a REF soldier
Priests of Special Brigades in France and the Balkans

Baidin V.V., PhD of Arts, specialist in culturology, France
The Russian military cemeteries and the skit of All Saints in Mourmelon (based on French sources)

The Russian Expeditionary Force and Arts

Semionov-Tian-Chansky C.P., researcher, France
Military theme in the art of D.S. Stelletsky. The traveling iconostasis rescued by Semenov-Tian-Chansky’s family

Natalia Mozokhina, PhD of Arts History (St. Petersburg), Russian Museum, Head of Department
Russian Expeditionary Force in life and art of painter Sergey Solomko

13:30 – 14:30 — lunchbreak
14:30 – 16:30 — Reports

Ekaterina Naoumova, Moscow, researcher
“When the regimental band thunders…” REF music and musicians

Desanlis L.-E., (France), art critic, writer. French Artists’ Union member
Art is above war — “Target” by Jacques Povolozky

REF and mercifulness

Nikita Vvedenskaya, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics (Moscow), a REF military physician and serviceman’s daughter
REF military physician D.A. Vvedensky: Russian Legion and World War II volunteer

Elmira Dalgat, Doctor of History, (Makhachkala), Professor, Head of the Dagestan History Centre, the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific Emeritus), descendant of a military physician in the Russian Expeditionary Force
Serving the Fatherland. Colonel Aziz Dolgat in the Russian Expeditionary Force

Boris Morozov, PhD of History, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Slavonic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Archaeological Committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Society of the Descendants of World War I soldiers
The four wars of Ivan Jigev

Galina Shevtsova, PhD of History (Moscow), the Military History Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, researcher
Organizational challenges in providing relief to Russian and Serb sick and wounded soldiers at the Thessaloniki front

Oleg Chistiakov, PhD of History (Moscow), the Russian State Military Historical Archive, Head of the НСА finding aids Dept
The Russian Red Cross in France during World War I

Vladimir Melnikov, PhD of cultural studies (St. Petersburg)
V.V. Golubev: a famous orientalist in the service of the Russian Red Cross in France

18:30 – 21:30 boat trip with dinner on the Moscow river on the ship “Prague" for speakers and descendants of soldiers of the Russian expeditionary force.

May 18

10:00 – 11:30 — reports

REF legacy in archives and museums

Jamie Cockfield, professor (USA)
Handwritten sources on Russian military troops in France and the Balkans in the United States archives

Andrey Boltaevskiy, PhD of History, Associate professor at the Moscow State University of Food Production
Russian Brigades at the Thessaloniki Front (based on the latest findings in the Russian Federation State Archive)

Dobychina M.A., Cand. Sc. (History), Head of the Kaluga Region Archives Management Dept, member of “The Russian Expeditionary Corps (19161918) Commemorative Society. A REF soldier’s granddaughter
REF materials in Russian regional archives. A review and prospects of establishing a virtual Book of Memory commemorating Russian Special brigades

Nikolaos Nikoltsios. Curator of the Greek Pharmaceutical Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece
The Macedonian Front during World War I through a collector’s eyes

Zassypkina O.N. (Moscow), director of the Lyubertsy Region Museum, Stepanova N.A., chief curator of the Lyubertsy Museum Complex
Going home. Sketches to the portrait of company officer V.S. Bodko

Piotr Pavlichenko, (Moscow), 3rd-year student of the History and Archive Institute, the Russian State University for the Humanities
Russian officers of the Special Brigades – holders of St. George Cross: new names

11:30 – 12:00 — break
12:00 – 13:15 — reports 

REF Commemoration

Sergey Dybov (France), researcher, public figure
Specifics of upkeep of Russian war graves in France

Anissimova С.D., Associate Researcher at the International Centre for History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences (National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
The Society of Russian ex-soldiers in France and the Balkans, founded in Soviet Russia: pages of history

Irina Jalnina-Vassilkiotti,(Greece), Centre for Greek-Russian Historical Studies, researcher
The Russian servicemen killed in action at the Macedonian front: finding their names and graves

Popov A.A., Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the 1st class (Moscow), Honorary officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Consul-General of the Russian Federation in Thessaloniki
Military monuments of the Russian Expeditionary Force in Greece

Semionov A.E., (Moscow), the Russian Military History Society, Chief Specialist, Department of Research and Reconstruction, LTC (ret.)
Historical simulations and interactive courses as means of remembrance of the Russian Expeditionary Force


13:15–14:00          Summing up and closing remarks