Moscow Order of the Red Banner of Labor V.I. Surikov State Academic Art Institute (Moscow State Art Institute) is one of the leading art universities in Russia. Along with St. Petersburg University. I. E. Repin is the educational structure of the Russian Academy of Arts. In 1939, the Charter of the Moscow State Art Institute was approved. The Great Patriotic War, tearing everyone and everything from their places, did not spare the Moscow Art Theater. But the hardships of this harsh time did not interfere with the creative and scientific work of teachers and students (partly remaining in the besieged capital and partly evacuated to Samarkand). Source: Moscow State Academic Art Museum website.