This year Russian Egyptology Society celebrates the 160th anniversary of the birth of the famous orientalist, Egyptologist, collector and traveler Vladimir Semenovich Golenishchev (1856-1947). For 30 years he collected oriental - Egyptian and Near East - antiquity items which are stored today in the Museum of Fine Arts (GMII) them. A.S.Pushkin. In honor of the 160th anniversary of the birth of V.S.Golenishchev the museum hosted an exhibition - «Two Amenemhat»: portraits of the king of the Middle Kingdom.» A restored in the workshops of the museum is one of the most unique items of his collection - an ancient burial shroud.
The Annual Report about cultural heritage was prepared for the first time in the history of the country. It helps to estimate all the quantity of cultural heritage objects – 125.5 thousands monuments of history and culture; 5.5 thousands ensembles with 18.9 thousands monuments and 1.6 thousands outstanding places. An addition there is 113 thousands of new revealed objects, which can be cultural objects in nearest future.
Condition of the cultural heritage object in all regions of Russian Federation was revealed, too. More than 54 percents of cultural monuments are in good condition, but 18 percents of them are in danger and need urgent restoration works. The wide spectrum of problems with cultural heritage objects discussed: undergoing of natural and anthropogenic pressure; protecting zone projecting, restoration of the objects, etc.
New trend in protection of the cultural heritage is the cultural-landscape point of view. It needs to increase the list of outstanding places in the country and to increase the role of museums-reserves as integrated instrument of protecting historical territories and local economy development.
January 2016 marked 160 years since the birth of one of the founders and the recognized authorities of Egyptology and Assyriology schools in Russia and world-Egyptologist scholar, collector and traveler Vladimir Golenishchev (1856-1947). Various books in Russia and abroad include information about his life, his collection of oriental antiquities and scientific studies, just as some articles are written in the academic journals. However, a recently published book - «Golenishchev. A pioneer of Egyptology». (Cairo, Russia News. 2016. 182 p.) became the first book in Arabic language, which is dedicated to the work of this Russian scientist.