Book launch at the Russian centre for Science and Culture

A well-attended book launch for The Island of Malta and the Order of St John by Grigory Krayevsky was held at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Valletta, on December 7th, 2018.

The book, which contains a map of Malta in Russian, is a translation into English of an account in Russian, of a visit to Malta in 1785 by the Russian nobleman and diplomat Count Skavronsky. The description of the visit was written by Grigory Krayevski who had accompanied the Ambassador to Malta and acted as his interpreter. It was published in 1800 when Paul I became the Grand Master of the Order of St John.

The event was hosted by Russian Centre for Science and Culture in collaboration with the Malta Map Society.

The event was opened by the Russian Ambassador, H. E. Mr Malygin.

The first speaker was Mr Joseph Schirò, Hon. Secretary of the Malta Map Society, who edited the book and brought it to publication. Our Russian compatriot, Dr Elena Yasnetskaya Sultana translated the book into English. The very informative and fascinating review of the book was delivered by Prof. William Zammit, from the University of Malta. He spoke of how important the translation of the book has been in stimulating further research on Malta’s history, with exciting possibilities of further historical discoveries in the very rich libraries and archives of the Russian Federation.

At the end of the launch, five copies of the book were presented to H. E. the Ambassador to be deposited in various libraries in Russia.