DCM Lynne Tracy visited Chelyabinsk

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DCM Lynne Tracy at a meeting with the Chelyabinsk Oblast Minister of Culture Alexey Betekhtin (Photo belongs to the US Dept of State)

On March 1-2 DCM Lynne Tracy visited Chelyabinsk to introduce an American Rock and Roll band “The Spyrals” at the III International Music Festival “Spring Beat”.  In the course of the visit, Ms. Tracy met with the Chelyabinsk Oblast Minister of Culture Alexey Betekhtin, the Director of Chelyabinsk State Regional Studies Museum Vladimir Bogdanovskiy and the Ombudsman for Human Rights Alexey Sevastyanov to discuss possibilities for future cultural and educational cooperation.  She also visited the production site of a joint Russian – American enterprise Emerson-Metran, which is a very positive example of Russian-American business cooperation in the Urals. Ms. Tracy highly valued the cultural and business potential of Chelyabinsk Oblast and expressed her support for future activities aimed at increasing social, cultural, and business ties between Chelyabinsk and the United States.