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Moscow Hosts First International Roundtable “Dialogue of Cultures and Religions”

On March 17, 2016, the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation hosted the First International Round Table “Dialogue of Cultures and Religions” organized by the Academy’s Center for World Culture. It was attended by more than 50 representatives of various state, public, cultural and religious organizations and institutes from Russia. Among them were representatives of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, constituent entities of the Russian Federation (Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, Kalmykia, Sakha (Yakutia), Tatarstan, Udmurtia and the Jewish Autonomous Region), Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, Foundation of the All-Praised Apostle St. Andrew the First Called, Russian Islamic University, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Moscow House of Nationalities and the Moscow City Duma. Business organizations also demonstrated their interest in this event that was attended by the representatives of ACIG Group of Companies, InterDialog21 center for international business and cultural cooperation, Staraya Ploshchad Consulting Group, etc.  

Dean of the Advanced Training Department Mikhail G. Troyansky addressed the audience with the welcoming speech on behalf of the Academy’s rector.

Natalya I. Maslakova-Klauberg, Head of the Center for World Culture, delivered a report on the relevance of issues associated with the cultural religious and cultural civilizational conflicts in the contemporary world. Most reports were dedicated to Russia’s unique experience as a multinational and multiconfessional state.  Participants of the roundtable discussion supported the idea of producing a common publication dedicated to the specific aspects of national cultures and religions in Russia.

The event was closed with a music concert given by students of the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music.