Portsmouth plaque honours Russian writer

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A PLAQUE will be unveiled in the city today in honour of the Russian writer Ivan Goncharov, whose 200th anniversary is celebrated this year.

The plaque is placed to commemorate the link between Portsmouth and the writer most famous for his novel Oblomov.

Goncharov visited the city in 1852 as secretary of the Russian naval mission aboard the frigate Pallas. His account of the expedition became the most important travelogue of Russian literature.

The plaque is a donation of the Ulyanovsk region of Russia, where the author was born in 1812, and will be unveiled by the Russian Ambassador, Alexandra Yakovenko, at The Point, Old Portsmouth, at 2.15pm.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Frank Jonas, will also be there.