On March 26, the first meeting of the Chamber of Russian Communities – a meeting of activists of the compatriot community, which was held for the ninth time, but in a new "parliamentary" format – took place at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London. About 70 delegates representing 40 public, educational, cultural and charitable organizations, businesses and Russian media from 18 regions of the United Kingdom took part in the meeting.
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UK Alexander Yakovenko, representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK Anton Chesnokov as well as the members of Regional Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots living in Europe addressed the audience with welcoming speeches.
Round table discussions on various topics were held in the framework of the event. These included a round table "Cooperation with British organizations and authorities", a panel discussion entitled "Business of the Russian-speaking Diaspora: the secrets of success" and a master class on "Russian Schools in Great Britain". International round table discussion "Russian-language media abroad: newspapers, magazines, the Internet" was conducted by the head of the press center of the Russian Foreign Ministry Artem Kozhin. As a result of the discussion, an agreement was that it is necessary to further develop electronic means of modern media, including social networks.
Chairman of the Coordination Council of compatriots in France Georgy Shepelev called for sharing knowledge and experiences and developing space for all-round partnership.
The newly elected Chamber of Russian Communities held its first meeting. The representative of the community of the city of Derby Oleg Sotnichenko was elected chairman. A decision was made to create a Board of Trustees from authoritative representatives of British society and the Russian diaspora.
The meeting was held with support of the Russian Embassy and Rossotrudnichestvo.