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Ekaterina Genieva passes away aged 69

Ekaterina Genieva, Director General of the Russian State Library for Foreign Literature after M.I. Rudomino, member of the Board of Trustees of Yegor Gaidar Foundation, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

This is with a great sorrow that we announce that Ekaterina Genieva, Director General of the Russian State Library for Foreign Literature after M.I. Rudomino, member of the Board of Trustees of Yegor Gaidar Foundation, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at a clinic in Israel, after a long battle with cancer.

Her long standing and tireless work immensely contributed to the development of intercultural and intellectual dialog between Russia and the world community.

Scholar, librarian and literary critic, author of over 150 publications related to library and literary studies. She devoted over 40 years of her life to the Russian State Library for Foreign Literature and under her leadership it became a unique world-known international center for cultural exchange.

Ekaterina Genieva was awarded by various states’ honors which include Order of Friendship, Russian Federation (1999), Order of the British Empire, Great Britain (2007), Order de la Legion de’Honeur, France (2009), Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, Japan (2015) and many others.

She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and colleagues and everyone who had a chance to meet her in their life.

Yegor Gaidar Foundation


“I do hope that people throughout the world will have a chance to offer their love and memories of her, perhaps in some kind of electronic memorial. She lit up my life in so many different ways.”

Prof. Andrew Wheatcroft, City University London, Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication












“We remained profoundly shocked by this sad news; our hearts are overwhelmed with grief and sorrow.

We will remember her as a tireless, an enthusiastic believer and champion of intercultural co-operation, dialogue and friendship in the world. Her energy and drive led us to think her invincible.

Our Foundation will continue to work for those principles, the same we shared since we met her for the first time; we believe it is the right and proper way to remember her forever. She leaves a legacy to be treasured by all for decades to come.”

Simone Giometti,  Secretary General, Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Florence, Italy.

“Die Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit trauert um eine langjährige Partnerin und Freundin, Ekaterina Genieva, Generaldirektorin der Staatlichen Russischen "Rudomino" Bibliothek für Ausländdische Literatur und im Aufsichtsrat der Gaidar Foundation.”

Julius Freiherr von Freytag-Loringhoven, Project Director, Russia and Central Asia, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit.

“It is such a great loss for Russia.  Katya was a wonderfully courageous woman. She will be missed.”

Antonina W. Bouis, translator of the Russian literature, USA.












"It is with distress and greatest sadness I received the news of the passing of Ekaterina Yurievna. We were longstanding friends and it is only a month ago that I met up with Katya in London to have a long talk and hear her speak in a public lecture about her life and the books and people who influenced her. I felt very fortunate and privileged to be present at this very moving occasion.

Katya was battling heroically with her grave illness. Disregarding her condition she devoted time and energy to the last, to everything that was important and dear to her.

She will continue to live on in my memory as a great inspiration, a person with a profound sense of justice, courage, compassion and deep faith.

We all will be poorer not to have her with us.

Liberal Russia has lost a great advocate.

My deepest sympathy goes to colleagues, friends and all who were close to her. I greatly regret not to be able to be present in person to bid farewell to Katya and to celebrate in gratitude her life.

May Our Lord grant Katya Eternal Peace.

In friendship and sorrow,

Marisha von Moltke
Charitable Foundation "Rehabilitation of the Child. Centre G.N. Romanov"