The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of South Africa together with the «DITSONG: Museums of South Africa» and «Kruger Museum» prepared a unique exhibit of Russian gifts to the Boers during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), some of which were never presented to the public before, in the framework of Paul Kruger’s 190th Anniversary celebrations.
The official opening ceremony was held on 9 Oct. at the «Kruger Museum» in central Pretoria. Among the attendees were the Russian Embassy staff, the Kruger Museum and DITSONG officials, academics and other South African guests as well as Russian compatriots living in Gauteng.
A giant «bratina» bowl decorated with silver and with a Boer rider statuette on the top is the centerpiece of the exposition. A unique collection of letters containing 70 thousands signatures from people all over the Russian Empire, written in support of the Boer cause, were presented to the public for the first time ever.
It is known that during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) the Boers received significant support from the Russian people. Around 225-250 volunteers from the Russian Empire participated in the war supporting the Boers, and many of them died while fighting the British.