The re-introduction of Freemasonry into Russia began in the early 1990s. In 1992 and 1993 the Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) consecrated four lodges: Harmony Lodge (Moscow), Lotus Lodge (Moscow), New Astrea Lodge (St. Petersburg), and Gamayun Lodge (Voronezh).
Harmony Lodge was established on 14 January 1992 in Paris. The lodge then relocated to Moscow. Subsequently, New Astrea Lodge was established on St John’s Day, 24 June 1993, in St. Petersburg. The Voronezh-based Gamayun Lodge was established on 24 June 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lotus Lodge was established on 12 October 1993 in Moscow.
These four lodges became the founders of the Grand Lodge of Russia on St John’s Day, 24 June 1995, in a consecration ceremony performed in Moscow. The consecration was performed by the GLNF, with the support of other regular masonic authorities, including the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), who extended official recognition to the new Russian body within its first year of operation. The first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Russia was Georgiy Dergachev.
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