Georgian Foreign Ministry expresses concern to Russia over Bagrationi graves in Moscow
Georgia, Tbilisi, April 11 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
The Georgian Foreign Ministry has sent an official note through the Swiss Embassy to Russia expressing concern over the state of the graves of the Bagration royal family members in the All Saints Church in Moscow.
According to available information there is a risk to the graves of the Georgian nobility, including the tomb of Sulkhan Saba Orbeliani in Moscow at Sokol district. Illegal construction is implemented there.
Cathedral of All Saints, in which the Bagration are buried, was built in 1733-1736 by the daughter of King Archil II Darejan Batonishvili. The Georgian side also requires to stop the construction work at the cemetery of All Saints at Sokol district of Moscow.
The ministry also appealed to the international community to assist in the rescue of the Bagration graves and the grave of Georgian writer and public figure Sulkhan Saba Orbeliani.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Nino Kalandadze said, at this stage, the Georgian side "will try to get full information about the work carried out at the cemetery, and if the danger to the graves due to the construction be confirmed, the Georgian side will appeal to Russia to stop the construction." "After that, we pose the question of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani reburial" Kalandadze said.