The Link of Times cultural and historical foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization established by the Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg in 2004. The foundation conducts projects dedicated to repatriating Russian cultural and historical treasures that were taken out of the country in the past. The Link of Times also takes part in cultural programs jointly with the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Moscow Patriarchate, and the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation. For example, the Link of Times, together with the Russian Orthodox Church and Harvard University, completed a joint project in September of 2008 for returning the bells from the Lowell House Tower at Harvard back to their original home in the St. Danilov Monastery in Moscow.
In 2004, the Link of Times foundation acquired a collection of works by Fabergé masters that had been gathered for half a century by the American media mogul Malcolm Forbes. The announcement in early 2004 that the Forbes collection would be sold at a Sotheby’s auction suggested the possibility that the collection would be dispersed among many different collectors from various countries. The sudden cancellation of the auction due to all the items being purchased by the Viktor Vekselberg collection was an unprecedented event in auction practice. From this moment on the foundation started to form the world's largest collection of works by Fabergé, with the aim of opening several museums.
The Fabergé Museum is St. Petersburg was created for the preservation, study and promotion of Russia’s cultural heritage, as well as for the development of the city’s museum infrastructure. The official opening of the museum is scheduled for winter, 2014. The basis of the museum's collection is the world's largest collection of works by Carl Fabergé, including nine famous imperial Easter eggs that that are of great value not only as the objects made with the highest jewelry skills, but also as unique historical artifacts. The museum collection also includes decorative and applied art created by Russian masters of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum is located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River in downtown St. Petersburg. The Shuvalov Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces of St. Petersburg, and once belonged to famous noble families such as the Vorontsovs, Naryshkins, and Shuvalovs. The palace interiors were completely restored to their historical appearance by the Link of Times Foundation. Today the Shuvalov Palace is a work of architectural and restoration art in and of itself.