Issues of identity and consolidation were discussed at the conference of the Russkiy Mir Foundation

22 June 2017

International Conference “Russkiy Mir: the Present and the Future” dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Russkiy Mir Foundation is taking place Moscow on 21 June, 2017. The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund participated in the event.


President of the Russian Academy of Education Lyudmila Verbitskaya, who heads the Board of Trustees of Russkiy Mir, called establishment of the foundation a historical event. She reminded that there were branches of the foundation in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok and Russian centers had been opened in many countries.


She told about the projects implemented by Russkiy Mir annually and mentioned international educational fora and congresses of Russianists as important ones. According to the speaker, grants of the foundation allowed providing support to over 2.5 thousand projects.


Chairman of the Management Board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Vyacheslav Nikonov extended thanks to compatriots for their tremendous work. “The biggest asset and achievement of the foundation for the past 10 years is, actually, you, representatives of 80 countries, our huge multimillion diaspora spread all over the world”, he said.


According to Vyacheslav Nikonov, the biggest reward for him was the fact that the Russkiy Mir Foundation had been included as the most malicious enemy into the “honorary” list of the European Parliament.


Chairman of the Management Board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation reminded about the Munich speech of Vladimir Putin (2007), in which the Russian leader had warned against the risk of monopolar world. During those 10 years many serous changes had taken place, which allowed the world to change. Russia had proposed a concept of new values: multipolarity, a possibility to preserve national sovereignty, traditional family values and values of traditional religions, stressed Vyacheslav Nikonov.


President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic Vadim Krasnoselsky reminded about an important date in the history of the republic: exactly 25 years ago a peace-support mission had started its activities, thanks to which it was possible to prevent the civil war. Today, military from Russia, Ukraine and Moldova make joint decisions as part of the mission. Due to that, over the past 25 years not a single soldier has died on the territory of the republic.


Member of the European Parliament Tatjana Zdanoka, in her turn, drew a parallel between the breakup of the Soviet Union and current state of the European Union. After the announcement of the exit of Great Britain from the EU almost 3 million people from other countries, who reside there, can find themselves stuck in the limbo – practically, as non-citizens in the Baltic States.


Discussion “Texts of the Russian World: Classics and Modernity” was held during the conference. Participants discussed current issues of the Russian language and meaning of a text in the modern culture. Lyudmila Verbitskaya was a moderator of the discussion.


Attendees of the forum – representatives of cultural, scientific, educational and non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and media from 80 countries of the world – adopted a final resolution. Everybody understands that the Russian World (Russkiy Mir) is a unique civilizational phenomenon, spiritual commonality of people, who, despite their nationality, religion and citizenship, are united by their love for Russia, interest in its history and culture, in the Russian language, involvement in the future of Russia, which was, is and will remain the heart of the Russian World.


The attendees supported efforts by the government and the society aimed at comprehensive advancement and promotion of the values and the traditions of the Russian Word. They confirmed a commitment of the Russian World to the principles of peace, freedom, justice, dignity, informational objectivity and openness, respectful attitude to other cultures and confessions.


The compatriots welcome efforts by the government and NGOs to support the Russian language and programs of its study across the globe.


In addition to that, they urge Russian, foreign and international NGOs to unite their efforts in humanitarian cooperation in the field of public diplomacy and cultural exchanges.


A unique role of the Russkiy Mir Foundation in promoting the Russian language and the culture was mentioned in the resolution. Full text of the resolution


Materials provided by press service of the Russkiy Mir Foundation were used for this article.

A full text of the article in Russian can be found here