Edmond celebrates bond with new sister city in Russia

Mayors from Edmond and Engles in Russia signed a proclamation Monday making the two communities sister cities. This is the first time Edmond has had a sister city.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 22, 2012
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— Mayors of two cities in countries far apart signed a proclamation Monday forming an official sister cities partnership.

Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and Sergey E. Gorevskiy, mayor of Engels, in Russia, shook hands after a ceremony Monday during a visit to Edmond by a nine-member Russian delegation.

This is the first time Edmond has had a sister city.

“When you find friends in a different place, it is very important,” Gorevskiy said with the assistance of an interpreter. “It is great.”

Gorevskiy is making his second visit to Edmond.

Engels, with a population of about 300,000 people, was founded by Ukrainian settlers and was settled by Germans during the reign of Catherine the Great. It is now a major center of Volga German culture.

Edmond has 83,019 people.

Thirteen community agencies and institutions have been working for four years to become a sister city for a cultural, educational and medical exchange.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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When you find friends in a different place, it is very important.”

Sergey E. Gorevskiy

Mayor,

Engels, Russia

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