On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the first manned flight into space a monument to the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin will be opened in Montenegro. The initiator and organizer of this event is Slovenian Just Rugel. The monument to Yuri Gagarin will be erected at the site, which Rugel bought at his own expense. The author of the monument is Russian sculptor Vadim Kirillov.
Just Rugel is the owner of the company, supplying medical equipment to Russia. Rugel is also a publisher and an interpreter. He published more than 50 books by Russian writers, made a dozen lectures on the culture, history and politics of Russia.
Montenegrins supported the idea of the erection of this monument, because they actively promote the preservation of spiritual, historical, cultural and other ties with Russia. Despite the fact that the Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic tries to "drag" the country into NATO most Montenegrins believe that the rapprochement with the alliance is unnatural for Montenegro. In response to the anti-Russian plans of Djukanovic for integration into NATO inhabitants of Montenegro constantly hold anti-government rallies, demanding a referendum on country's joining NATO.