On Monday, Jan. 13, Aleksandra Efimova and Prince Piotr Galitzine, chairs of the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, as well as committee member Laura Yergesheva, were invited by the Russian Ambassador to the United States to celebrate “Old New Year” at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.Read More
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In honor of all the Russian and American holidays, The Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, chaired by Aleksandra Efimova and Prince Piotr Galitzine, hosted its First Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, Jan. 8.Read More
More than 250 Russian nationals and Americans joined together to celebrate Russia Day with a business forum at the Park Hyatt and black-tie gala at the Drake Hotel on Thursday, June 13.Read More
The Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, chaired by Aleksandra Efimova and Prince Piotr Galitzine, was proud to host a pre-performance reception for Russian choreographer Boris Eifman on May 17, prior to the Eifman Ballet’s performance at the Auditorium Theater.Read More
For the third year in a row, I am pleased to announce that the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International will be hosting a black-tie gala and business forum luncheon on June 13 in celebration of Russia Day.Read More
The Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, chaired by Aleksandra Efimova and Prince Piotr Galitzine, was proud to host a reception for Russian-Austrian soprano Anna Netrebko on March 15.Read More
Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) was privileged to once again host the Chicago Consular Corps Ball on Sept. 20, 2012 at the Four Seasons Chicago. The international guest list included members of the 84 foreign Consulates and Honorary Consulates in Chicago.Read More
More than 30 children celebrated Russia’s national holiday with a reading of a Russian-version of Cinderella at the Russian Pointe Dance Boutique on Friday, June 15.Read More
More than 250 Russian nationals and Americans joined together to celebrate Russia Day at a black-tie gala at the Chicago Cultural Center on Thursday, June 14.Read More
On June 12, tune in to classical music station 98.7 WFMT as they play all Russian music in honor of Russia’s Independence Day.Read More
I just returned from an amazing trip with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Russia, where I helped promote Chicago to Russian businesses.Read More
On Feb. 19, the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted an elegant pre-performance reception for Vladimir Spivakov and Olga Kern at Symphony Center.Read More
On Oct. 19, I had the pleasure of attending an event that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic space mission in 1961.Read More
On Oct. 19, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight in 1961.Read More
Last week, Russian Foundation of Chicago and Chicago Sister Cities International co-hosted an exciting reception at Russian Pointe Dance Boutique, for a delegation of leaders from the Moscow Mayor's Office. On that same day, Mayor Daley asked me to serve as co-chair the Moscow Sister Cities committee.
I'm both honored by the appointment and very eager to get started in this new role, which I expect to be wonderfully complementary to my work as President of the Foundation. I look forward to even more opportunities to reinforce, enhance and expand Russian-American events and relations, especially in the arts.
Chicago Sister Cities International is a program of exchange and cooperation between Chicago and 28 cities throughout the world, under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office. Moscow has been a Sister City since 1997.
Sister Cities programs have been close to my heart for many years. My relocation, as a teen, from St. Petersburg to Lansing, MI, was influenced by those two cities’ Sister City relationship. Twelve years ago, I traveled as an interpreter with a Sister Cities delegation from Milan, MI to Protvino, Russia. That experience was my first time observing cultural, political and business exchange and collaboration first-hand. It made a lasting impression on me, and I have enjoyed and observed many long-term friendships and collaborations result from that exchange. (Example of the meaningfulness of those lasting relationships: the former mayor of Milan, Alan Israel, often jokes that he should be issued a Russian passport!)
In Chicago, I’ve participated in a number of projects for the Moscow Committee, including fundraising for one of the Moscow Committee’s current major initiatives: sponsoring the travel of five Chicago public school children who study Russian to spend seven weeks at a language camp in Russia. I’m also involved with organizing “Moscow Days in Chicago,” a citywide event planned for 2011 or 2012, highlighting Russian culture, heritage and traditions through exhibitions, educational activities, trade meetings and the arts.
As co-chair, I look forward to more comprehensive involvement in existing projects, and to drawing on my experience in business, community service and the arts – as well as my Russian heritage – to create and enrich new areas of cooperation between Chicago and Moscow.
I believe strongly in the value of community service, and I’m passionate about contributing to the City of Chicago, and eager to explore further the many possibilities for enrichments of our cultural, educational, economic, political and environmental exchange with Moscow. With the infrastructure and resources of the Mayor’s Office, including the availability of concert halls and public spaces, and Moscow’s commitment to and support for this program, I am confident that our new developments will be exciting and successful.
As the chair of the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, I am privileged to be working with the Adler Planetarium to organize a special event in honor of a new statue commemorating the 50th anniversary or Yuri Gagarin's space flight.Read More
About 300 Russian nationals and Americans joined together to celebrate the first annual Russia Day celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center on Monday, June 13.Read More
Every year, Chicago Sister Cities International invites all the consulate generals who represent countries in Chicago ― a total of about 80 foreign dignitaries ― to attend the Chicago Consular Corps Ball.Read More
I was very eager to help my good friend, George Hisaeda, the Consul General of Japan, raise money for his country at the Japan Earthquake Relief Fundraiser, organized by several organizations including Chicago Sister Cities International and the Chicago Chamber of Commerce.Read More
Recently, I was appointed to be an honorary member of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International. The appointment comes just as the committee is planning to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Chicago.Read More