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The Story of Rossotrudnichestvo: 90 years of people’s diplomacy






This year Rossotrudnichestvo celebrates its 90th anniversary. The organization started off as All-Union Society for Cultural Relations in 1925, continued from 1958 as Union of Soviet Friendship Societies and Cultural Ties with Foreign Countries, as RusInterCentre in 1994 and in 2008 became a Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo).


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Rossotrudnichestvo new office in London (Video tour)

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Names of the winners of the VI International Photo Contest “Foreigner’s View” were announced

Объявлены победители VI Международного фотоконкурса «Взгляд иностранца»

Winners of the VI International Photo Contest “Foreigner’s View" held under the slogan “World saved by beauty” were awarded at the Presidential Library of St. Petersburg.

The main idea of the contest was to reveal the points of contact and interaction between cultures of Russia and other countries of the world in the fields of religion, art, science, everyday life and the environment.

More than 4,200 photo works were sent to be evaluated by the panel of judges in 2016, which cut a record of all six years in which the competition was held. "Foreigner’s View" united participants from 150 cities and towns of Russia, 30 countries of near and far abroad. Read more »

VIII World contest of children's drawings "Children draw their Russian world" is now accepting applications

VIII Всемирный конкурс детских рисунков «Дети рисуют свой Русский мир» принимает заявки на участие

The international educational project "Children of the World" held with the support of the "Russian World" and Rossotrudnichestvo has started accepting applications for participation in the VIII World contest of children's drawings "Children draw their Russian world."

This year’s theme "Peace in the dialogue of cultures" aims to reveal the role of Russia in the multicultural world and to understand that development is possible only through a connection between peoples and cultures. Competition, according to its members, serves as a unifying force, enabling a fresh look through the eyes of children deprived of political stereotypes and prejudices on serious issues.

The contest is held in several age groups: 6-9, 10-14, 15-19, three winners will be determined in each group. Read more »

A calligraphy competition held in the framework of the Russian-British Year of language and literature

В Великобритании прошел конкурс «Красивый почерк» в рамках российско-британского Года языка и литературы

Over 500 students from 13 locations of the United Kingdom and Ireland took part in the national calligraphy competition “Beautiful handwriting” organized by the “Znaniye” Education Centre with support of Rossotrudnichestvo, Embassy of the Russian Federation in the UK and the People's Friendship University of Russia. “Beautiful handwriting” has become the first project that was held in the framework of the Russian-British Year of language and literature.

The main task of the competition was to copy a provided text without spelling, punctuation and graphical errors. Tasks were divided into five different categories of difficulty - depending on the age group of the participants. Read more »

The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo hosted a competition in mathematics

В РЦНК в Лондоне прошли математические соревнования

On February 1, the Russian school of mathematics and programming held a ‘mathematical battle’ at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London. A competition of teams in solving mathematical problems was attended by children from 11 to 15. Among the participants were students of the Russian and the London School of mathematics and programming, as well as all those who wished to join the event. Read more »

International Festival Dedicated to Medtner opened in London

Международный фестиваль, посвященный Метнеру, открылся в Лондоне

On January 28, 2015 an international festival dedicated to the Russian-born composer and pianist Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) was opened in London.

Sergei Rachmaninoff, a friend of Nikolai Medtner who was popular in the Silver Age, once said about Nikolai: "Russia is beginning to understand that he took his place among our "immortal musicians".

First wave emigrant, he largely repeated the fate of his close friend Rachmaninoff. Apart from one major factor: his piano works were not widely popular among his contemporaries, neither at home nor abroad. Medtner was a virtuoso of the polyrhythms and lyrical music, a man who found a safe haven in the UK, London. Read more »

Annual Ceremony in the Memory of the Victims of Holocaust

В Лондоне прошла ежегодная церемония памяти жертв Холокоста

On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, where millions of people were massacred by the Nazis. Camp Liberation Day - January 27 - was declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, one of the most terrible crimes against humanity.

The tragedy of Holocaust has become the symbol of sorrow and pain, ruthless cruelty and scorn of human life. According to the data of the Nuremberg trials, six million Jews were killed in Europe during the Holocaust. It is hard to imagine that actual factories of death, mass executions and deportations have become a terrible reality of the XX century. Read more »

The UK National Calligraphy Competition

Общебританский конкурс "Красивый почерк" проходит в Великобритании

In the framework of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Culture, a competition in calligraphy “Beautiful handwriting” was held by “Znaniye” Education Centre, Rossotrudnichestvo and the People's Friendship University of Russia, with support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the UK.

First works have already been received from Dundee, Leeds and Aberdeen.

15 Russian schools located in Great Britain and Northern Ireland have expressed a desire to participate in the first round of the competition. They were also joined by Russian participants - students of Orenburg Presidential Cadet School. Read more »

Classical Music Series with pianist Yulia Chaplina has opened in London

В Лондоне открылся цикл вечеров классической музыки с Юлией Чаплиной

Official opening of the classical music series with pianist Yulia Chaplina has taken place at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London.

Yulia is the winner of 7 international piano competitions, including the Gold Medal and the First Prize of the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young musicians and has performed extensively all over the world. The programme of the evening included Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and other festive compositions by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. Read more »

Programme of the Russian-British Year of Language and Culture is finalised

мероприятия перекрестного Года языка и литературы России и Великобритании

A delegation of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science headed by the Minister Dmitry Livanov paid an official visit to the capital of Great Britain. Read more »

Meeting of the Russian Speaking Community Council

заседание Координационного Совета соотечественников

Meeting of the Russian Speaking Community Council was held in London on January 21, 2015.

In the framework of the session participants discussed a number of issues, including those related to the establishment of a children's cultural centre as well as launching of an updated version of the Community Council website.

The central theme of the meeting has become the discussion of preparatory arrangements for the 2016 Russian-British cross year of language and culture.

Matters related to the legal protection of compatriots, preparations for the next Forum of Compatriots, organization of festive events dedicated to Maslenitsa, and other current tasks were discussed in the course of the meeting.

Rossotrudnichestvo: results-2015

Более 500 делегатов со всего мира приедут в Москву на Форум «Народная дипломатия сегодня»

For Rossotrudnichestvo, 2015 was marked by the 90th anniversary of public diplomacy. A thematic Forum that was held in Moscow on November 26 has become the most notable event held in the run up to this memorable date. The Forum was attended by over 500 delegates from 100 countries. Among the foreign participants of the Forum were numerous representatives of Societies of Friendship with Russia, government officials, the media, parliamentarians, artists, specialists in Russian language and literature. Various thematic meetings and conferences were also held at the representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo worldwide. Read more »