ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPEDITION PHANAGORIA
The Volnoe Delo Foundation provides support to the Phanagoria complex archaeological expedition, which has involved the Institute of Archaeology and the Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) since 2004.
The most important result of planned and systematic research at Phanagoria was the creation of the Scientific and Cultural Complex, which includes the Historical and Archaeological Museum and the Science and Culture Center.
Phanagoria is one of the most important Russian archaeological sites.
MOSCOW ART THEATRE SCHOOL
The Volnoe Delo Foundation provides administrative and grant support to teachers and students at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Among the most striking of joint projects was a number of unique theater events for the 150th anniversary of Stanislavsky in 2012.
KUBAN COSSACK CHORUS
The Volnoe Delo Foundation helps the Kuban Cossack Chorus in touring and studio work. In addition, the chorus master has received a stipend each year since 2003.
The Kuban Cossack Chorus is the oldest and largest national group of Russian Cossacks, Russia's only professional group of folk artists and has a continuous history from the beginning of the 19th entury.
REVIVAL OF ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS
The Volnoe Delo Foundation has built, restored and renovated about 200 architectural and cultural monuments, many of which are part of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Russia.
Since 2004 the “Volnoe Delo” Foundation has supported the Taman Expedition of the Archaeological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, led by the Doctor of historical sciences, Professor Vladimir Kuznetsov. The Expedition conducts annual excavations of the ancient city of Phanagoria, situated on the shore of the Taman Bay in the Krasnodar region. Large scope excavations are currently underway at the city’s acropolis, necropolis, in the aquatic area of the sunken localities of the city, as well as at various manors beyond the city’s borders – in total 15 excavation sites with a total area of over 2500 sq. m.
What makes this expedition so unique is the breadth of the team involved – anthropologists, zoo geologists, paleophytologists, palaeogeographer, underwater archaeologists, specialists from the Archaeological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Geographical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Southern Research Centre, teachers and postgraduates from 8 universities – from Russia, Germany and Poland. Every year anywhere from 120 to 250 people take part in on-site excavation work.
At the site of the following discoveries have been made: submerged port buildings, a stone crypt with a stepped ceiling, a treasure trove with Archaic coins, fragments of various statues and most importantly, new epigraphic discoveries with preserved names of historical figures and previously unknown details about the history of the Bosporan kingdom.
In 2009 Archaeology Magazine, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, called the Taman expedition’s discovery of the palace of Mitridat the 6th - the legendary adversary of Rome - one of the 10 most significant discoveries of the year.
The interdisciplinary team of the Phanagoria Expedition, the abundance of historic material, objects and evidence, the potential of the Russian Academy of Sciences, internships abroad and participation in international forums in Germany, Denmark, the United States and France have all enabled highly qualified young scientific personnel to be trained. Many of these personnel will go on to work in various regions of Russia. So far over 320 students have not only received training of practical archaeological skills, but also attended lectures by leading Russian archaeologists.
Future plans include the creation of a protected archaeological monument site, a classical open air museum and a Science and Culture complex, which will include an archaeological museum, library, laboratories and the infrastructure needed to conduct comprehensive research on the historical and cultural heritage of Kuban.