Russian Arctic Convoy Museum in the Scottish city Aultbea received a wood-carved portrait of a participant in military operations in northern Europe during World War II Vadim Shamritsky. The Tomsk sculptor and TPU employee Leonty Usov handed the portrait over to the museum, RIA Tomsk news agency reports.
According to Leonty Usov, he met a veteran of the Royal Navy Victor Walker during his visit to London several years ago. Victor participated in escorting cargo and military vessels from Scotland to Murmansk and Arkhangelsk during WW2. Usov was inspired by his history and decided to make a sculptural portrait of the English veteran.
‘A little later, my project director Andrei Olear, having rummaged in documents, discovered a history of a Tomsk resident, TPU alumnus Vadim Shamritsky who served in Murmansk during the war years and protected these convoys. I decided to make his portrait as well and to transfer both works to the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum in Scotland,’ says Usov.
The transfer ceremony of the sculptural portraits of Walker and Shamritsky was held on the day of the 123rd anniversary of Tomsk Polytechnic University, 11 May 2019. It was attended by Consuls General of the Russian Federation and the Federal Republic of Germany in Scotland, representatives of the Russian fraternity in Scotland, as well as coordinators of the Immortal Regiment in Glasgow and Derby.