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Leningrad Region/City of St. Petersburg, Russia - Maryland Sister StatesLeningrad Region/City of St. Petersburg, Russia - Maryland Sister States







Population: 6.4 million


The Government of Leningrad Region

67 Suvorovsky Prospect, St. Petersburg Russia 193311

Alexander Dresdenko, Governor

External Relations Committee of the Leningrad Region

Alexander Minen

Svetlana Myasnikova mjasnikova@lenreg.ru

Tel 7(812)274-3530

Legislative Assembly of Leningrad Region, Alexander Bebenin, Chair

Sister State formed:  1993


The Maryland-Leningrad partnership encourages opportunities for cooperation in culture, education, agriculture, technology, environmental protection, rule of law, human rights and tourism. Our committee operates as a committee of the whole, with various members taking on responsibilities as opportunities and needs arise.


In 2019, the committee hosted a delegation for an 8 day visit, including homestays and an intense program on the theme of public private partnerships.

During this same period, students in a Maryland middle school coordinated with colleagues in a St. Petersburg school on an environmental project.

Unfortunately, all plans for 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Education exchanges will continue, coordinated by Julie Mamunes.

We expect a delegation again sponsored through Open World of the Library of Congress, recently renamed Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL), to spend a week in Maryland homes for a program focused on our youth, covering the broad issues of societal demands, education, COVID-19 effects, physical and mental health, etc.

Once possible again, a small delegation of educators will be traveling from Maryland to Leningrad for direct interaction with educators and schools there.

We expect to continue hosting COIL sponsored delegations here as well as broadening the network of those interested in the sister state work. Additionally, we anticipate activities for those interested to include visits to the Russian Embassy, relevant lectures and relevant cultural events.

In the future, we are hopeful that representatives of the Leningrad government may have the opportunity to visit us. In the past we have hosted several from the legislative branch, but few from the executive branch, with whom we have our primary interaction.

In future years, we  may again sponsor an official visit of Marylanders, both elected officials and interested citizens, as we did so successfully in 2012.


Ardath M. Cade, Chair, Maryland-Leningrad Sister State Committee

The Cade Mason Group, 78 Riverside Drive, Severna Park, MD 21146

Tel: 410-647-7882, Cell: 410-991-9383

Email: ardathcade@aol.com

Julie Mamunes, Vice Chair

Email: jsteimel@gmail.com   Phone: 301-221-0662

Tara Clifford, Membership Chair

Email: clifford.tara@gmail.com Phone 410-971-9561

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