George Bush-Senior to be the first winner of Peter the First Prize

The former US President George Bush-Senior on Tuesday will be the first winner of the Peter the First Prize instituted by the St. Petersburg International Centre for Preserving Cultural Monuments. The awarding of George Bush-Senior will be officially announced in the Russian Embassy in Washington at a ceremony of the opening of the celebrations in the USA on the occasion of the coming 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. The Peter the First Prize has been awarded to George Bush-Senior "for his outstanding leadership" in strengthening Russian-American relations. At this ceremony the prize will be received by the ex-President's daughter Dorothy. The St. Petersburg International Centre for Preserving Cultural Monuments is a joint project of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, California, the St. Petersburg Mayor's Office and the Russian Academy of Sciences. The main aim of the Centre is to create favourable conditions for joint research in the environmental protection sphere and for exchanging information about up-to-date methods used in restoring cultural monuments in St. Petersburg. Russian Tsar-reformer Peter the First, called Peter the Great for his great contribution to the strengthening of the Russian state, ruled in early 17th century and late 18th centuries.

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