INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITIES Of the international Public Fund Russian Peace Foundation For 2008
In 2008 the Russian Peace Foundation (RPF) continued, as in previous years, its national charitable and humanitarian programs: People’s memory, Care, Peace and Unity, International cooperation, Peace and culture, Peace and youth, and Children of Russia, among others.
The total sum spent by the RPF in carrying out national programs, including informational-publishing, material-technical, and organizational provisions, amounted to RUR 34,717,000 (including a presidential grant in the amount of RUR 1,290,604, granted to the RPF for the project “Informational-legal support of socially unprotected categories of citizens”).
In 2008, RPF management allocated a total of more than RUR 7,500,000 to fifty regional departments of the foundation, to carry out charitable and humanitarian programs and projects.
In 2008 the Russian Peace Foundation took an active role in conferences of international NGOs accredited by the UN, at the Conference of the Council of Europe, at forums at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The Foundation continued its traditional cooperation with non-governmental and civic organizations in foreign countries with the goal of carrying out joint humanitarian, charitable, environmental, cultural, youth, and other programs and projects.
In 2008 the RPF spent RUR 1,670,000 on the program International Cooperation.
Within the framework of cooperation between the Russian Peace Foundation and the National Movement of Russophiles (Republic of Bulgaria), in connection with the celebration of the 130th anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria, the RPF allocated EUR 3,000 to carry out works to erect a monument to the Russian generals Filosov and Kataley, who were killed during the liberation of Sophia in the Russian-Turkish was of 1877-1878.
In 2008, representatives of the RPF in New York took part in a session of the Economic and Social Council of the UN, and held negotiations with the head of the UN Economic and Social Council, H. Mezoui and the Secretary of the ‘Alliance of civilization’. An RPF delegation held talks with the mayor of Washington Adrian M. Fenty and the president of the Ameircan-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation D. Simington, about a project to erect in Moscow a monument to the great American poet Walt Whitman– a gift from the mayor of Washington to Moscow.
Representatives from the Russian Peace Foundation took part in the Annual Conference of International Non-governmental Organizations, accredited by the UN Department of Public Information, marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; at the Conference of the Council of Europe, in the Open Forum ‘Human Rights in the Era of Globalization: strengthening the partnership’, which took place during the 180th session of the executive committee of UNESCO (Paris, France).
In October 2008 a member of the RPF management, the writer A. Salutsky acting as part of the official Russian delegation, took part in the 63rd session of the General Assembly of the UN, as an expert. In addition, at the same time A. Salutsky took part in preparations and execution of the plenary session of the UN General Assembly on matters of inter-faith and inter-culture dialogue.
In November 2008 the RPF together with the Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation on matters of developing institutes of civil society held a round table entitled ‘On broadening connections and cooperation of Russian non-governmental organizations with the Economic and Social Council of the UN’, with the participation of the head of the Economic and Social Council H. Mezoui, who traveled to Russia at the invitation of the RPF, and representatives of Russian NGOs. In addition, at the President Hotel (Moscow), the RPF held a roundtable again with the participation of H. Mezoui, marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which discussed programs and events to achieve international standards in the area of human rights.
In November, RPF representatives took part in the International Day of NGOs at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, organized by the UN service for links with non-governmental organizations, and discussed matters of developing a partnership between the Foundation and UNESCO.
In December 2008 RPF representatives took part in organizing and carrying out the Third Regional Congress of the NGO Council of Europe, in the city of Penza, Russia. The deputy chairwoman of the RPF, E. Sutormina, was on the organizing committee and led the work of two important sessions of the congress.
The RPF allotted more than RUR 200,000 to the United Nations Association of Russia to hold the Moscow International Model UN with the goal of introducing talented Russian youth to UN values and to popularize UN activities.
Regional Foundation departments also carried out important actions to develop international cooperation.
As in previous years, in 2008 the Russian Peace Foundation held large-scale events under the program Children of Russia, on which it spent more than RUR 5 million.
The Russian Peace Foundation held a traditional New Years celebration at Nikulin’s Old Circus on Tsvetnoi Boulevard in Moscow (Russia) for 2,000 orphans, disable children, refugee children, and children from disadvantaged families from Moscow, and the Kursk, Orel, Ivanovo, Penza, Yaroslavl, Ryazan, and Moscow Oblasts, as well as other regions of Russia. More than 100 tickets were given to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the Russian Federation, for refugee children. The celebration was attended by wards of the Moscow diocese, wards of Russia’s Muslim community, and of Moscow’s Jewish community. All children received a selection of chocolates as a gift.
In 2008 the Russian Peace Foundation continued its charitable project Children on the Roads. The projects aim is to bring attention to the issue of children’s safety on the roads. This project is carried out in support of the State Traffic Police’s program ‘Look out, Children!’. Children are given free reflectors. Reflectors have been given out to children at holiday celebrations in the Nikulin Circus in Moscow, and sent to children in Novgorod, Kaluga, Voronezh, and Magadan. The action ‘Light Up!’ was widely broadcast in the media. There were publications in Moskovsky Komsomolets and Moskovskaya Perspektiva newspapers, and on ITAR-TASS, RIA-Novosti, and others. It was also broadcast on television.
Russian Initiative is a joint Russian-American project of humanitarian cooperation that has been successfully operating for more than 15 years. Five regional departments of the foundation have participated in the project – Stavropol, Kursk, Smolensk, Tomsk, and the Moscow Oblast. Volunteers from the US have repaired children’s homes, hospitals, and boarding schools, buying with their own resources paint, wallpaper, linoleum, plumbing materials, dishes, refrigerators, clothing, shoes, and so on. United Methodist Church US transferred targeted funds (RUR 2,100,000) for these departments in carrying out joint humanitarian programs and helping orphaned children.
Cooperation between the Foundation and the Andalusian Association of cooperation, help and solidarity with the Russian people and the Friendship Bridge Foundation (Madrid), continued, to organize holidays for wards of children’s homes with Spanish families. In the summer of 2008, orphans from children’s homes in the Ryazan and Tver Oblast were sent for recuperative holidays in Spain.
More than 200 wards of children’s homes in the Saratov Oblast had a holiday on the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. This project has been carried out for four years thanks to cooperation between sister cities Saratov and Dobrich (Bulgaria), set up on the initiative of the Saratov regional department of the RPF.
The RPF organized trips for children from various Russian regions to the International Recreational Camp for the Friendship of Slavic Children in the Gomelskaya Oblast of the Republic of Belarus, under the auspices of cooperation between the RPF and the Belarussian Peace Foundation.
RUR 100,000 was allocated to organize summer recuperative holidays for orphans and children from disadvantaged families in Dagestan. The RPF transferred more than RUR 150,000 for treatment and rehabilitation of disable children, in cooperation with specialists from the Kore Academy of Traditional Medicine, which is a UNESCO institution working to develop and implement new treatments based on traditional Eastern medicine. RUR 30,000 were allocated to buy a new laptop for the Velikoselsky Children’s Home, a child’s wheelchair was purchased for a disabled child from Murmansk, wards of the Ivanovo boarding school received a laptop, and mothers of large families, raising seven children or more, were given RUR 30,000 to purchase disposable nappies and children’s food.
Under the auspices of the Russian Peace Foundation, the Magadan department carried out a regional charitable program ‘Children of Kolyma’; the Stavropol department of the RPF carried out a charitable and humanitarian program ‘Mission of Goodwill’ to provide assistance to wards of the boarding school in Sengileevsky in the Shpakovsky district of Stavropolsky Krai; the Moscow Oblast department of the RPF presented gifts to children who participated in the drawing competition ‘My Family – My Russia’.
In August 2008, representatives of the RPF took part in an international festival of children’s art (in the town of Svetlogorsk), and a meeting with representatives from Kaliningrad and the Kaliningrad Oblast.
RUR 130,000 were allocated for organizing a recuperative holiday for 15 children from disadvantaged families from North and South Ossetia in the Moscow Oblast.
The Russian Peace Foundation spent RUR 7,280,000 on its program Care in 2008.
In March, the RPF held a grand opening of its charitable program to help labor veterans, ‘Silver Spring’. More than RUR 2.5 million was spent on the program, which was carried out jointly with the Southern Administrative District of the city of Moscow and with support from the international company J.T.I. Within the framework of the project, the RPF held a meeting of Moscow veterans, with a celebratory concert, a luncheon, and gifts. Veterans in Moscow’s Southern Administrative District were given more than 800 electric kettles and irons, and 300 sets of bed linen. For Eastern, the Russian Peace Foundation gave out to veterans and disabled people more than 300 kulichi (Russian Easter bread).
In addition to this, with support from J.T.I., the RPF held an event under the project to provide targeted charitable help to veterans of WWII and elderly citizens in Moscow’s Southern Administrative District. The RPF allocated more than RUR 3 million to organize and carry out the charitable action ‘Autumn of Hope’. For veterans, they organized a celebration to mark the Day of the Elderly, and gave out a selection of towels, blankets, and clothing amounting to 1,270 items. The project ‘Dynasty Alley’ was also carried out, to memorialize worthy citizens in Moscow’s Southern Administrative District.
The RPF allocated RUR 30,000 to provide material assistance to disabled person M. Voronina, with the goal of acquiring for her an electric lift. RUR 10,000 were allocated to N.A. Sovetova, a single mother to two young children. In addition, the RPF allocated RUR 496,750 to the Borisoglebskaya Central District Hospital in the Yaroslav Oblast for the acquisition of a hematological analyzer, with the goal of improving diagnostic help to the population of the Borisogleb municipal district.
Assistance in the amount of RUR 1,000,000 was provided to veterans of WWII of the central apparatus of the Federal Penitentiary Service.
The Russian Peace Foundation also continued work on its socially significant project ‘Informational-legal support for socially unprotected categories of citizens’. RUR 700,000 was allocated to prepare 2,800 copies of the leaflets ‘Housing questions’ and ‘Work record’.
In July 2008, an RPF representative took part in the Second International Forum of social workers of Siberia and the Far East, ‘The Russian rural family and social service: interaction and cooperation’ (Novosibirsk, Russian Federation). RUR 60,000 were allocated to organize this event.
In October of 2008, within the framework of the three-year program of cooperation between Russian NGOs and the Conference of the international NGO the Council of Europe, the RPF jointly with the Union of Social Educators and Workers held a charitable action in Moscow entitled ‘Russia, say NO to poverty!’, to highlight the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with participation of social workers, disabled people, mothers of large families from 12 regions of Russia, and the chairman of the Council of Europe, A. Oeschger. Within the framework of this action, there was a round table at the Russian Peace Foundation, a hearing at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on the subject ‘Poverty in Russia – the way out: opinions from the community and from disadvantaged population groups; and a meeting of participants with representatives from the State Duma. For participants, there was also a cultural program, luncheon, and gifts.
With support from the RPF, the Tver department of the foundation carried out charitable events marking the International Day of the Elderly; the Samara department organized an event to mark International Women’s Day and Victory Day for WWII veterans, and parents of servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
RUR 1,550,000 was spent in 2008 on the program People Rembember.
In May 2008 at the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, at Poklonnaya Gora, the RPF jointly with the Moscow Committee for Public Relations held a historic patriotic action ‘This is Our Victory’ for Heroes and veterans of the war from Moscow and the Moscow Oblast, with a concert, laying of flowers in the Hall of Remembrance and Sorrow, and souvenir gifts.
In 2008 the Russian Peace Foundation in accordance with a General Agreement on partnership and cooperation between the RPF and the ‘People’s Memory’ Foundation, continued work on a targeted financial project to run queries from citizens searching for information about relatives missing since the WWII. More than 8,000 letters and queries have been processed. Over the course of the year, the RPF transferred RUR 45,000 to the ‘People’s Memory’ Foundation’s account every month, to carry out this project, adding up o RUR 540,000 for the entire year.
With participation of the RPF, an event was organized at Smolenshchina in honor of the liberation of the city from fascist occupiers. The Murmansk department organized an evening meeting of WWII widows and mothers of soldiers killed in the Afghan and Chechen wars, and improvements were made to military tombs. RUR 20,000 were given to the Ivanov department for exploration works by the ‘Search’ detachment of the Puchezhsky district in the Ivanov Oblast, which for nearly 20 years has carried out regular searches for the remains of soldiers killed on WWII battlefields. RUR 60,000 were given to the Komi Republic department to publish a book about journalist-participants in WWII and about the search detachments of the Komi Republic that take part in the search for and reburial of the remains of soldiers in Russian territory. RUR 60,000 were transferred to the Belgorodsky regional department to organize and carry out the international action ‘Peace March’, marking the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk. RUR 75,000 were given to the Omsk regional department to organize and carry out an exhibition of children’s photographs entitled ‘A Portrait of Mama’ and a literature competition ‘What the word MAMA means to me’.
At the request of the State Military-historical open-air museum Prokhorovskoye Pole, the RPF allocated RUR 40,000 to publish a book of photographs about the Hero of the Soviet Union and participant in the Battle of Prokhorovsky, member of the Union of Writers M.F. Borisov.
In December 2008 at the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, at Poklonnaya Gora, the Russian Peace Foundation held its traditional meeting of veterans, marking the 67th anniversary of the counteroffensive of Soviet forces outside Moscow and the Heroes of the Fatherland Day. Heroes of the Soviet Union, veterans of the Great Patriotic War and labor, and Moscow youth were invited to a concert. According to tradition, all participants received gifts – a set of terrycloth towels.
In 2008, as in previous years, the Foundation continued its peace-building programs Peace and Unity and Peace and Youth (RUR 2,820,000 spent).
In 2008 the Russian Peace Foundation together with the International Foundation for the Education of the Youth of Japan continued to collect children’s drawings ‘Friendship in the name of peace’. About 3,000 drawings have been collected from 25 Russian regions. The drawings are sent to Japanese children, and the Russian children receive drawings by Japanese children.
Among the programs and projects of the Foundation and its departments, there are many which bear witness to the desire to participate in executing large social projects. The Stavropol department continues its project ‘Tolerance resolves conflicts’. The Ivanovo department is doing a great deal to strengthen international relations. This, in particular, refers to holding joint peace-building actions with representatives of various ethnic and national groups. In 2008 they continued to produce the newspaper Land of Friendship, highlighting the Festival of National Culture in the Ivanovo Oblast.
RUR 70,000 were given to the Ivanovo department to hold the traditional Day of Russian-German Friendship.
The RPF allocated the Yakutsk department RUR 30,000 to organize and hold a jubilee event marking the entry of Yakutiya into the Russian State and the founding of the city of Yakutsk.
In 2008 as in previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation organized youth camps in Orla and in the Moscow Oblast. With the goals of expanding cooperation between the RPF and national foundations for peace, and of developing international relations, the International Peace Camp in Tishkovo (Moscow Oblast) hosted children from Bulgaria, and a group of orphans from Azerbaijan. For these purposes more than RUR 400,000 were allocated. The RPF also allocated RUR 60,000 to organize recuperative camps for children of various ethnicities, living in the Kurgan Oblast. The Orel department received RUR 70,000 to carry out a project of civil-legal education of students called ‘We are co-citizens’, and RUR 30,000 to hold a children’s visual art competition entitled ‘I honour my homeland’ and to organize an exhibition marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the city of Orel from German fascist occupiers.
The RPF allocated RUR 90,000 to the Vologod department to organize a trip for children to the Krynichka camp, and excursions to Moscow and Sergeev Posad for the winners of a quiz marking the 500th anniversary of the apotheosis of the blessed Nil Sorsky. RUR 40,000 went to the Tver department to publish a book, Meeting of Generations, marking the 20th anniversary of the Soviet-American peace march of 1988. RUR 60,000 went to the Moscow department to carry out a competition and festival of children’s art entitled ‘My family, My Russia’ and ‘We live with the dream of peace’. The Kaliningrad department received RUR 50,000 to organize and carry out a celebratory evening for winners of the first regional children’s and youth festival of patriotic songs.
The RPF gave RUR 30,000 to the Association of Friends of France to hold a conference in Moscow.
With the goal of cultivating in children ideas of kindness, peace, and international friendship and accord, the Russian Peace Foundation held a competition of children’s drawings called ‘We live with the hope of peace’, in which 30 regional Foundation departments took part, sending in more than 1,300 children’s drawings. In March 2008 the RPF awarded the winners of the competition with certificates and prizes (cameras and music players). A catalogue was published of children’s drawing by the winners of the competition.
In December 2008 the RPF jointly with the Organization of friendship and cooperation with Armenia took part in the preparation and execution of a charitable concert in the large hall of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in the framework of the humanitarian project ‘Appealing to the hearts of the charitable’, marking the 20th anniversary in memory of the victims of the Spitak earthquake in Armenia. For children traveling from Armenia, the RPF organized an excursion around Moscow and a luncheon.
It is worth particularly noting the cooperation between the Russian Peace Foundation and Belarus. They hold joint peace marches at WWII sites, peace camps, and there is a regular exchange of delegations.
Within the framework of the program Peace and Culture (total spent: RUR 7,400,000), the Russian Peace Foundation in order of stimulating regional studies as an important instrument of preserving culture, support for local authors and artists’ collectives together with the Tver city administration and the Tver Oblast held the Second All-Russia Competition of Regional Literature ‘our cultural heritage’. Competition winners were awarded prized by the Foundation. The RPF spent RUR 390,000 to organize and run the competition.
In 2008 the RPF continued its work on the joint Russian-Japanese project ‘Friendship in the name of peace’, to exchange children’s drawings. More than 2,000 children’s drawings were sent to Japan.
In February 2008 at the Burganov Museum of Classical and Modern Art in Moscow, the Russian Peace Foundation held a press conference in connection with the erection in Moscow, at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, a monument to the great American poet Walt Whitman – as a reciprocal gift from the mayor of Washington, D.C. for the monument to Aleksandr Pushkin, which was given to the American capital in 2000 by the mayor of Moscow (which was erected in Washington, and opened at a ceremony attended by the presidents of both Russia and the US). The Russian artist A. Burganov, creator of the Pushkin monument in Washington, created the Whitman monument at the request of the Americans. The Russian Peace Foundation took on the organizational aspects of erecting this statue, as well as the task of collecting charitable donations to do so. The grand opening is planned for May, 2009. The opening of the Moscow ‘twin’, executed in the same style as the Pushkin monument, will be a notable cultural-political event. It will emphasize the traditional, fundamental spiritual connections between Russia and the US (Pushkin and Whitman were contemporaries), and reflect positively on the general climate of Russian-American relations. The RPF has collected more than RUR 5 million in targeted donations to create and install the Whitman statue.
With the aim of providing material assistance to the most successful (gifted) musicians of the Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra, in 2008 the RPF paid out 65 stipends each month. RUR 780,000 were allocated to this project.
In November 2008 the RPF took part in organizing and holding a jubilee evening at the Kremlin Palace for the poet, honored artist of the Russian Federation, and deputy chairman of the Russian Peace Foundation, Andrei Dementiev, entitled ‘Everything begins with love’.
The Russian Peace Foundation, with the goal of distributing information about the Foundation’s activities and launching books published with assistance from the RPF, took part in the Moscow International Book Far in September 2008.
The Tver department received RUR 60,000 to prepare and publish a series of books entitled ‘A People’s Library of the Russian Peace Foundation’.
The Russian Peace Foundation traditionally pays special attention to cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church and other religious groups on the matter of spiritual renewal in Russia. The Foundation and its departments work on projects to open religious schools attached to Orthodox churches, and support Orthodox high schools. An RPF representative in on the council that publishes ‘The Orthodox Encyclopedia’.
In 2008 the RPF allocated RUR 240,000 for carrying out renovation work and charitable projects at the Novospassky stavropegial monastery (Moscow). RUR 30,000 were allotted for repairs to strengthen the foundations of the Church of the Kazan Mother of Christ in the Moscow Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Oblast).
The Kemerov regional department, with support from the RPF management, participated in the regional program ‘Orthodoxy as the basis for spiritual renewal in Russia’. The Kursk, Tver, Moscow Oblast, and many other regional departments of the Foundation are actively working on this program.
In 2008 the Russian Peace Foundation continued work on publishing the magazine Cultural Dialogue.
Many thousands of activists have been drawn into the Foundation’s orbit. There are departments in 57 regions of Russia.
In April 2008 the Russian Peace Foundation held its annual conference, which was attended by delegates from 52 Russian regions. In accordance with RPF rules, the conference heard and confirmed reports from the management and audit committee, confirmed the basic charitable and humanitarian programs and projects, and chose the management and audit committees.
In April 2009 an independent audit of the RPF’s financial accounts will be conducted, in accordance with the rules on accounting under Russian legislation, for 2008 after the submission of the annual balance sheet.
The Russian Peace Foundation carries out charitable and humanitarian programs with its own funds, including targeted charitable donations from Russian organizations and individuals, as well as targeted monies from foreign organizations for the realization of specific RPF and regional projects.
Information about the Russian Peace Foundation, as well as information about national and regional programs and Foundation news, is available on the RPF website, www.peacefond.ru.
The activities of the Russian Peace Foundation are detailed in the Foundation’s informational bulletins, in the newspapers Moskovsky Komsomolets, and Parlamentskaya Gazeta, and in the magazine Cultural Dialogue. RPF activities are also covered by news agencies RIA-Novosti, Interfaks, and ITAR-TASS, radio stations Voice of Russia, Mayak, and others. In addition, television coverage about national RPF programs has appeared on Channel One, Rossiya, Kultura, TVTs, Stolitsa, the English-language channel Russia Today, and others. A wealth of material about peace-building and charitable actions by the Foundation and its departments has been published in central and regional media.
The Russian Peace Foundation has actively participated in providing aid to the population of South Ossetia. Suffering as the victims of Georgian aggression, the population has received more than 15 tones of food and material aid. Among the aid is flour, bed linens and blankets, shoes, clothing, toys, and books. Many regional departments took part in putting together aid for South Ossetia, including the Moscow Oblast, Stavropol, Volgograd, Dagestan, Kursk, and Voronezh, among others. In the course of the third regional congress of the Council of Europe, a representative of the RPF held a meeting at which organizations from South Ossetia and Georgia discussed humanitarian problems of post-conflict regulation in the Caucasus. As a result of this meeting the leaders of the Council of Europe Conference offered to hold a round table on this theme in February 2009, in Strasbourg at the Council of Europe. Representatives from the Russian Peace Foundation took part in it.
Chairman of the Board of the
Russian Peace Foundation