October 18, 2014: delegation of Donetsk People's Republic headed by Prime-minister Alexander Zakharchenko visited Taganrog to take part at celebrations dedicated to 140 years since the first South Russian mining forum, which was held in the city of Taganrog in 1874. Among the guests from Donbas was also Mayor of partner city Khartsyzsk Maxim Leshenko.
The major event was held October 17 on stage of the historical building of Taganrog Chekhov Drama Theater, where its participants discussed the ways of saving rich industrial heritage in the South of Russia. Mr. Zakharchenko handed over to Mayor Vladimir Prasolov a copy of Mertsalov's Palm Tree.
The next event was held in one of Priboy Plant
's workshops. The exhibition featuring pieces of industrial engineering will be expanded with a rare small steam locomotive nicknamed "cuckoo" and the famous Mertsalov's Palm Tree coming soon from Donetsk.
Mayor of Khartsyzsk
Leshenko and Mayor Vladimir Prasolov discussed future partnership in mutual cultural exchanges and cooperation with charity funds.