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.
OF ST PETERSBURG
OF ST PETERSBURG
director of the non-state Institution "St Petersburg V.V. Nabokov Museum"
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:
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.
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.
of St¬ Petersburg S.B. Tarasov