The Latta Foundation for Development of Science and Culture

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Диплом Бюро ЮНЕСКОThe Latta Foundation for Development of Science and Culture was registered in Saint-Petersburg in August 2005.
LATTA is a public establishment with specific purposes and objectives for researching and popularizing the Chechen culture as well as developing and supporting the research of the Chechen history, culture and traditions.

The Foundation core purposes and objectives:

-Conservation of ancient cultural traditions of the Chechen people

The Latta Foundation has organized discussion on the Chechen ancient moral and ethics code, reconstructed by Lecha Ilyasov based upon the folkloric materials, in the Republic’s mass media. The code is composed of various democratic values and may become the framework for the new moral idea of the Chechen society. In 2006, the redaction of the book “The Chechen Ethical Code” in the Russian, English and Chechen languages by the Latta Foundation and its publication were among the most significant events in the Chechen’s cultural life. So far, “The Chechen Ethical Code” is one of the most discussed and cited materials related to the Chechen themes in the World Wide Web.

-Research and popularization of the Chechen culture

The Latta Foundation for Development of Science and Culture has been actively supporting the research in the various spheres of the Chechen culture and art. In 2009, the Foundation was awarded the Diploma “For contribution to conservation of cultural heritage and enhancement of cross-cultural dialogue” by UNESCO Office in Moscow for redacting the book “The Culture of the Chechen People” in the Russian and English languages.
The electronic version of the book was placed on the Web site of UNESCO Office in Moscow at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001860/186004r.pdf

-Research and popularization of monuments of the Chechen medieval architecture
The Foundation members actively participate in researching and popularizing the unique monuments of the Chechen medieval architecture.
Following the meeting of director of the Latta Foundation Lecha Ilyasov and director of UNESCO Office in Moscow Mr. Philip Keo in 2006, the photographs and materials about 40 monuments of architecture were placed at the UNESCO official Web site that laid a perfect background for further cooperation of our center with this relevant international organization.

In the same year, the Foundation initiated a production of TV film “Towers Ascended to Heaven” devoted to the tragic fate of ancient buildings which history exceeds thousands of years. The film was repeated on the Chechen TV for a few times.
In April and May 2007, the grant awarded by UNESCO Office in Moscow allowed Lecha Ilyasov to monitor the monuments of medieval architecture in Sharoysky District of the Chechen Republic and then release a DVD in the Russian and English languages.

Research and popularization of the monuments of the Chechen medieval architecture are among the most important purposes of our Foundation.
In 2010, Lecha Ilyasov mapped the Chechen medieval landmarks and plotted their GPS-positions.

In 2011, the Foundation has begun the works aimed to discover and copy the ancient Chechen petroglyphs – symbols on medieval stone buildings, which sometimes are more ancient than the buildings themselves. We have fixed and copied more than 80 petroglyphs. We’ll keep working in that way. The ultimate aim of the project is to publish a book “The Chechen Petroglyphs” and open a department of the Chechen petroglyphs in the National Museum.

The strategic project of The Latta Foundation for Development of Science and Culture is aimed at composing and publishing the Integrated Collection of the Chechnya Medieval Artifacts, which is of invaluable importance to the history and culture of the Chechen people.

Importantly

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Леча Ильясов (читать биографическую справку)Historically, the only material evidences of ancient Nakh civilization are the old stone towers in the mountains of Chechnya, as well as petroglyphs – symbols on the towers, which symbolism dates back to the first civilizations of the humankind. These artifacts are almost all artifacts left from the most ancient history of the Chechens, which dates back several millennia.

However, the time, nature and wars did not spare them. Every year, tens of ancient constructions go to wreck, become the piles of stones in the mountains of Chechnya. The situation is complicated by the fact that most of the unique artifacts are located in highlands, in inaccessible places, where it becomes impossible to carry out restoration and conservation works. Together with the ancient structures, a visible thread, connecting us with our past, as well as its memory, disappear.

Under the circumstances, the only chance to save these artifacts for our history, for future generations is to compose and publish an Integrated Collection of the Chechnya Medieval Artifacts, which will be inclusive of photographs, descriptions, drawings and plans of the artifacts and historic settlements. To implement the project, it requires arranging more than one hundred expeditions to the highlands of Chechnya, with no roads, no paths, where each pace may incur a hazard to life. This must be done today, tomorrow it will be late.

I take this occasion to appeal to all who are concerned about the future of the unique cultural heritage, which is a province of all humankind, for financial support, where possible, to implement the project “Composition and Publication of Integrated Collection of the Chechnya Medieval Artifacts”.

All people who will help us in implementing the project will be mentioned in the publication of Integrated Collection of the Chechnya Medieval Artifacts.

Thank you very much in advance for your support!

Detailed information is accessible on: lechailyasov.com

e-mail: lechailyasov@hotmail.com

Banking information:

OOO Expobank, Moscow

BIK 044585460

Correspondent account Nr. 30101810900000000460 in Nr.2 Branch of Moscow Main Territorial Department of Bank of Russia

Beneficiary Ilyasov Lecha Makhmudovich

Beneficiary’s account 40817810050000811950

(Please, specify “Transfer of own funds, which is not related to business activities, or Current expenses” in the column “Payment reference”).

For Payments in US Dollars (USD):

Acc. №0103508412

With VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG, Frankfurt am Main

SWIFT: OWHB DE FF

Barclays Bank LLC

SWIFT CODE: BARCRUMM

№ счета 40817840350000811950

LECHA ILYASOV

For Payments in Euro (EUR):

Acc. № 0103508396

With VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG, Frankfurt am Main

SWIFT: OWHB DE FF

Barclays Bank LLC

SWIFT CODE: BARCRUMM

№ счета 40817840350000811950

LECHA ILYASOV

(Please, specify “Transfer of own funds, which is not related to business activities, or Current expenses” in the column “Payment reference”).

With respect and appreciation,

Lecha Ilyasov

Lecha Ilyasov – CV

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Леча ИльясовIn 1984, Lecha Ilyasov graduated magna cum laude – with great honors from Tomsk State University, having obtained his degrees in Russian Philology and Classical Philology.

Being a student, he was engaged in research, and his student term papers were related to various problems of Russian and ancient literature, aspects of translation theory.

In addition to his research, he had an interest in the history of the Caucasus and political science.

His graduate thesis considered the particular issues associated with translation of the passage from Ovids’ “The Metamorphoses” by V.A. Zhukovsky, and after its defense was presented for publication in interuniversity collected volume.

On his graduation from the University, Lecha Ilyasov served as an officer in the Armed Forces.

After military discharge he worked as senior professor at the Department of General Language Science and Classical Philology at the Tomsk State University, where he held a course on history of ancient literature, gave instruction in Latin and Classical Greek, gave some special courses on ancient philosophy, Virgil’ and Ovid’s poetry.

In June 1992, Lecha Ilyasov defended a PhD thesis related to Classic philology at the Department of Classical Philology of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

In 1998, Lecha Ilyasov visited Grozny where worked as researcher in the Chechen Institute for Education and Science Development. He presented some courses on history of Russian literature of the early XX century, shot some documental films on local TV “Nokhcho” concerned with the Chechen history and culture: “The Chechen Sketches”, “The City of the Dead”, “Maysta”, Melhista”, “The Portrait of the Painter”, etc.

Since 1999, Lecha Ilyasov has been engaged in the public activities. He issued a journal “Vestnik Lam” where some materials on history, culture, political and humanitarian situation in the Chechen Republic were published. Since 2003 he has been publishing a scientific and publicistic bulletin “Latta”.

Since 2000, Lecha Ilyasov has been actively participating in political settlement of the Chechen crisis. He has organized several conferences in Ingushetia and Moscow to propose the variants of political settlement, was actively involved in the activities of the joint commission of the PACE and Russia’s State Duma committed to peaceful settlement in Chechnya.

Since 1998, Lecha Ilyasov has been engaged in scientific research and promotion of monuments of the Chechnya Medieval architecture.

Since 2002, Lecha Ilyasov has been monitoring the state of the monuments of medieval architecture in the mountainous Chechnya.

In 2007, Lecha Ilyasov carried out monitoring of the state of monuments of medieval architecture in Sharoysky District of the Chechen Republic by order of the UNESCO Office in Moscow..

In 2009, Lecha Ilyasov made an inventory of monuments of federal significance in the territory of the Chechen Republic, newly discovered and described the sites of ancient settlements of the Sarmatian and Alanian epochs, including the 1st Khankala ancient settlement, Goiten-Kort ancient settlement, the 1st Sernovodsk ancient settlement, the 1st Samashki ancient settlement.

In 2010, Lecha Ilyasov mapped the medieval landmarks and plotted their GPS-positions.

In 2011, Lecha Ilyasov has begun his works to discover and copy the Chechen petroglyphs for the purpose of their publication, research and publishing a monograph on their history and meaning.

In 2011, Lecha Ilyasov was awarded the Diploma by UNESCO Office in Moscow for “contribution to conservation of cultural heritage and enhancement of cross-cultural dialogue”.

Lecha Ilyasov is the author of scientific and opinion pieces considering the Russian and classical philology, history and culture of the Chechen people, political science and history of the Chechnya medieval architecture.

Lecha Ilyasov is the author of the books as follows: “Shadows of the Eternity. The Chechens: Architecture, History and Cultural Traditions”, Moscow, 2004; “The Chechen Material Culture”, Moscow, 2008; “The Chechen Ethical Code”, Moscow, 2008; “The Chechen Clan: The Origin and the Evolution”, Moscow, 2008, “The Culture of the Chechen People”, “The Diversity of the Chechen Culture”, 2009.