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(Reuters - 21 December 2009)

Official Announcement from the Engels Volga-German Archives:
The Engels Archives Complex - both buildings - will open officially on September 6, 2008, with great celebrations and festivities, moreover to celebrate the 90th year of the founding of the Autonomous Volga German Republic, and the 245th anniversary of Catherine II's Manifesto.

The Engels Repository is the new fire-proof building which stores the archives and was constructed building with German finances.

The Granary Building will reopen as the Archives Admin Building. It has now been newly restored and renovated, and will house the reading room, the exhibition hall, offices and the future laboratory for manuscript restoration, for which donations are now being gathered to equip it with handtools used in paper and leather restoration work on old books, church registers, administration records, census, etc...

Russia is trying to lure back some of its former citizens who fled as the Soviet Union was collapsing in the early 1990s. By order of President Vladimir Putin, Moscow is planning to spend $100 million over the next five years to help Russians come home from anywhere they've gone. Some of the more than 2 million people who moved to Germany from Russia say it's tempting. Listen to this story.

New Lutheran Church in Saratov under construction in late 2007.
Through the leadership of Pastor Alexander Scheiermann and the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Saratov, Russia, a new church is under construction. Additional funding is needed to complete this project.

If you wish to donate to this project, please send funds to: The First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach, 18354 – 8th Ave. NW, Shoreline, WA 98177-7398; designating: For the ministry of the church in Saratov. Tel.: 206.546.4153; Fax: 206.546.6741.

"Wayfarer: Saratov. An Englishman in distant parts of Russia"
A You Tube video titled "Wayfarer: Saratov. An Englishman in distant parts of Russia". A portion of this video discusses the German influence in Saratov.