Read Full Story Nikolai Vasenin, a Russian soldier who fought with the French Resistance, was born in December 1919 and died in December 2014. His story — courage, sacrifice, and love — is well worth remembering but has not been well publicized until recently. Two Russian filmmakers, Andrey Grigoriev and Pavel Sablin, discovered the story. Inspired, they filmed a documentary to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Russia’s Victory Day. The movie officially premieres in May. With support of Russian Copper Company, Nikolai Naumov presented the movie on April 18 for the Harvard Extension International Relations Club, garnering acclaim not just domestically but also abroad.The documentary “Vasenin” captures only a small part of the veteran’s life, recording his 2014 return to France as he visited Paris and interacted with the inhabitants of a city where he fought, Saint-Sorlin. The mayor of Saint-Sorlin designated him an honorary citizen, pledging to name a street after him. Details about Vasenin’s life that could be verified were the only ones that could be included: the documentary shrouds Vasenin with mystery.The film, by uncovering a lesser-known part of Russian history, honors an individual and a nation.
By Dialogo September 20, 2010 What I am saying, Mr President, is that we, Chileans, Colombians, Ecuadorians and other countries with democracy, are all willing to tell the world that we love freedom and peace. And that democracy should be extended to other countries. Regards During the Peru-Colombia Roundtable 2010 on September 16 in Lima, President Alan García proposed a process to regionally integrate countries that believe in globalization, investment and economic freedom with a democratic society. In his speech to inaugurate the event, the Peruvian leader suggested that this proposal “should include the free circulation of goods, services, capitals and people” among member countries, according to Andina news agency. “What I’m suggesting is an integration of countries that do believe in globalization, investment, economic freedom and also in democracy, because all that is easy to have without democracy, but we Colombians, Peruvians, Chileans, Ecuadorians believe in democracy,” pointed out García, according to the same report. The roundtable included members of the textile industry, including Colombian clothing and manufacturing sectors, which have an attractive market in Peru. Attendee María Claudia Lacouture, president of Colombian export, tourism and foreign investment promoter Proexport Colombia said, “Peru is one of the countries with greater dynamism in Latin America for Colombian exports.”