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EDNOTE. ¬ As most of you know, the St.Petersburg¬ Nabokov Museum located in the old family mansion ¬ has operated as a private ¬ institution ¬ raising its own funding. It has been a heroic endeavor supported by a handful of ¬ dedicated ¬ staff and ¬ patrons. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of ¬ Museum Director Tatyana Ponomareva and Dmitri Nabokov, the city government ¬ has agreed to give the Museum ¬ official ¬ standing. ¬ The International Vladimir Nabokov Society and NABOKV-L ¬ congratulate ¬ all concerned. ¬ The Museum will, of course, continue to need ¬ support from other sources.

Below, Dmitri Nabokov has provided his own translation of the official letter from S.B. Tarasov, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg, ¬ informing the Museum of ¬ the decision.
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GOVERNMENT OF ST PETERSBURG
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VICE-GOVERNOR
OF ST PETERSBURG
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To the director of the non-state Institution "St Petersburg V.V. Nabokov Museum"
T.O. Ponomareva
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27.07.2004
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Dear Tatyana Olegovna,
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Further to your request to Governor of St Petersburg V.I. Matvienko with regard to the future development of the non-state Institution "St Petersburg V.V. Nabokov Museum", I inform you as follows:
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Without the least doubt, the non-state Institution "St Petersburg V.V. Nabokov Museum" (hereinafter the V.V. Nabokov Museum) is an¬ inalienable part of the literary life of St Petersburg and a¬ vital part of the city's network of literary museums. It is well known both in St Petersburg and abroad. Hence the V.V. Nabokov Museum is of¬ great and genuine value for our city.
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In the interest of preserving the world's only V.V. Nabokov Museum and commemorative collection, the Culture Commission of St Petersburg is assigned the task of developing by 01.09.2004 a project¬ for establishing, on the basis of the non-state St Petersburg V.V.¬ Nabokov Museum, a state¬ institution to be¬ known as¬ "The Literary and Memorial V.V. Nabokov Museum" (hereinafter the State Institution "V.V. Nabokov Museum"). The Commission governing the¬ municipal property of¬ St Petersburg is directed to resolve questions of property and to implement the¬ destination of¬ the above-named premises for rent-free use by the State Institution "V.V. Nabokov Museum", extending the validity of that agreement to the moment at which liability for lease payments was instituted.
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Vice Governor of St¬ Petersburg S.B. Tarasov
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(signed S.B. Tarasov)
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