The Annual Report of the Russian Peace Foundation (International Non-Governmental Organization) for 2009
In 2009, as in previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation (an international non-governmental organization) continued to implement its national charitable and humanitarian programs: The People Remember, Care, Peace and Unity, International Cooperation, Peace and Culture, Peace and Youth, and others.
The total sum spent by the RPF on its national programs, including information and publishing as well as logistical and managerial support for the Foundation and its regional branches, amounted to 25,557,000 rubles.
In 2009, the RPF Board assigned funding of over three million rubles to 30 regional Foundation branches to help them implement their various charitable and humanitarian programs and projects.
The Foundation continued its traditional cooperation with non-governmental and public organizations in foreign countries, aiming to implement joint humanitarian, charitable, environmental, cultural, youth-oriented and other programs and projects.
The RPF spent more than 2,205,000 rubles on the International Cooperation program in 2009.
In February 2009, the RPF helped organize a round table entitled “The Role of NGOs in the Post-Conflict Situation of August 2008,” which was held in Strasbourg under the aegis of the Conference of International NGOs of the Council of Europe. The RPF organized a visit to Strasbourg by NGO representatives from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
On April 6-7 in Istanbul, RPF representatives took part in the Second Alliance of Civilizations Forum, which assembled more than 700 representatives from 30 countries around the world.
Following active support from the Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, on April 16, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris hosted the presentation of a Russian Peace Foundation photo exhibition entitled “A Dialogue Among Cultures, Traditions and Generations. The Russian Peace Foundation on the Road to Developing Civil Society.” The RPF has had a working relationship with UNESCO since May 2009.
In May 2009, the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) NGO Committee awarded the Russian Peace Foundation its General Consultative Status.
Within the framework of the Russian Peace Foundation’s cooperation with the National Movement of Russophiles (Republic of Bulgaria), the city of Sofia hosted in June 2009 a round table discussion between the members of the public of Russia and Bulgaria concerning the principles of a new European Security Treaty proposed by Russian Federation President Dmitriy Medvedev.
In 2009, Russian Peace Foundation representatives were actively involved in conferences of international non-governmental organizations accredited with the United Nation. They also took part in meetings of the ECOSOC NGO Committee and of the Conference of International NGOs of the Council of Europe, as well as in forums hosted at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
In September 2009, a RPF representative joined the official Russian delegation at the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly, as a public expert.
To help expose talented Russian youth to UN values and otherwise promote UN activities, the RPF allocated 560,000 rubles for a trip of Russian university students who had won a contest to the first Global Model United Nation conference held by UN NGO/DPI in Geneva.
Regional branches of the Foundation also staged notable events to develop international cooperation.
The Russian Peace Foundation spent more than 4,341,000 rubles on its Care program in 2009.
In March, the RPF resumed implementing the Silver Spring charity program rendering assistance to socially vulnerable groups. It assigned more than 3,960,000 rubles to the program, which was staged with the assistance of the Southeastern Administrative District Prefecture of Moscow and the international company JTI. As part of the project, the Foundation organized a March 5 charitable concert at the A. Dzhigarkhanyan Drama Theater in Moscow for more than 800 veterans. As gifts, the veterans received more than 600 blenders and mixers, 500 sets of sportswear and 400 diaries. Within the project’s framework, some 15 sets of computer equipment (hard drives, monitors, as well as printers and faxes and other equipment) were bought and handed to Moscow’s Southeastern Administrative District’s Veterans Council. And for Orthodox Easter, the Russian Peace Foundation provided the Southeastern Administrative District’s veterans and disabled with more than 500 Easter cakes .
On April 29, 2009, the RPF staged a gala concert for veterans at the Central House of Scientists. The event was dedicated to the Holiday of Spring and Labor and over 500 attending veterans received gifts. And for Victory Day, some 400 veterans of Moscow’s Southeastern Administrative District’s Orekhovo-Borisovo Severnoye Council received packages of groceries for the holiday.
On December 10, 2009, the Central House of Scientists opened its doors to a New Year’s charity assistance program for socially vulnerable citizens. Called The Colors of Winter, the event was held with the support of The Staff Empire (Imperia Kadrov) company. The event drew more than 400 veterans of war and labor from Moscow and Moscow Region, with the RPF organizing a gala concert and handing out commemorative gifts.
Implementation of the RPF’s Silver Spring and The Colors of Winter programs received broad coverage from the media.
The RPF assigned more than 70,000 rubles for the publication of a textbook entitled “10 Secrets of an Active Life for Elderly,” which was distributed among pensioners taking part in a special computer literacy project. Another 30,000 rubles were allocated for assistance to members of an organization for victims of political repressions. The Pavlov Hospital of the Voronezh Region War Veterans further received equipment for its canteen.
Omsk, Samara, Tver and Yaroslav branches of the Foundation staged a series of charity events marking International Day of Older Persons, with assistance provided for veterans and socially vulnerable citizens.
In 2009, as in previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation continued on with its Children of Russia program, whose implementation cost more than 2,434,000 rubles.
The Russian Peace Foundation also continued to implement its Children on the Roads project. The event is aimed at raising public awareness of the problem of children’s safety on the roads. This event is staged in support of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate’s (GIBDD) Attention-there are children on the road! annual program. The children receive free reflective and glow-in-the-dark gear, which is handed out at special charity events. This gear is also sent to the children of Kaluga, Voronezh and Magadan. The Glow! action received broad coverage in the Russian media.
The Russian Initiative is a joint Russian-U.S. project that has been successfully operating for more than 16 years. The project has seen involvement from five regional branches of the Foundation (Stavropol, Ivanovo, Kursk, Smolensk and Tomsk). US volunteers repaired children’s homes, hospitals and boarding schools. The United Methodist Church of the United States allocated 1,268,000 rubles in targeted funding to these Foundation branches to help them organize joint humanitarian programs and provide assistance to orphans.
The Foundation also continued to cooperate with the Andalusia Association of cooperation, assistance and solidarity with the Russian people, as well as the Friendship Bridge Foundation (Madrid), which organizes Spanish family vacations for orphans living in Russian children’s homes. In the summer of 2009, such Spanish retreat vacations were awarded to orphans from Ryazan Region homes.
More than 200 orphans from Saratov Region boarding schools vacationed on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. For the past five years, this project has been implemented thanks to the cooperation that developed between the twin cities of Saratov and Dobrich (Bulgaria). This twin city project was set up on the initiative of the Saratov regional branch of the RPF.
The RPF also helped children from various regions attend the International Krynichka Camp of Friendship between Slavic Children, in the Gomel Region of the Republic of Belarus.
Some 30,000 rubles were allocated for the Happy Childhood of Yaroslavl Region program. Another 140,000 rubles were assigned to organizing summer retreats for orphans and children of low-income families living in Dagestan. Another 310,000 rubles were assigned to the Vologda, Magadan, Samara, Tver and Tambov Regional and Stavropol Territorial branches of the Foundation for their Children of Kolyma charitable program, which provides assistance to orphanages and helps to buy clothes for orphans. And 60,000 rubles were assigned to the Orel branch of the Foundation for its Give Children Some Warmth project.
On the occasion of International Children’s Day, the RPF organized trips to Moscow for more than 100 children living in underprivileged families in Krasnodar Territory and the Republic of Mordovia. The trips included tours of Moscow, gala dinners, and visits to “the Ice Age Museum”, the Dolphin Aquarium, and the zoo. More than 40 Mordovian children also attended a New Year’s Eve show in Moscow organized by the RPF.
With support of the Russian Peace Foundation, the Stavropol Territory branch of the RPF carried out the charitable and humanitarian Mission of Goodwill program, which provides assistance to children living at boarding schools; the Moscow Region branch of the RPF awarded commemorative gifts to children who took part in the “My Family – My Russia” drawing competition.
The Russian Peace Foundation spent 1,430,000 rubles on The People Remember program in 2009.
In 2009, in accordance with the General Agreement on partnership and cooperation between the Russian Peace Foundation and The People Remember Foundation, the RPF continued to provide targeted financing for queries from citizens who are searching for information about their relatives missing since World War II. More than 10,000 letters and queries were processed in 2009. The RPF transferred monthly a total of 45,000 rubles to The People Remember Foundation, with the project adding up to 540,000 rubles for the year.
On May 9, 2009, the Russian Peace Foundation used the venue of the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45, which sits on Moscow’s Poklonnaya Gora (WWII memorial) Hill (Poklonnaya Gora), to organize the This is Our Victory as well! commemorative program. Attended by some 400 veterans of war and labor from Moscow and the Moscow Region, the event included a gala concert and special commemorative gifts for the veterans.
The RPF allocated 60,000 rubles for events celebrating the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Karelia, and another 85,000 rubles to organize the Ivanovo Region’s Puchezhsky District’s search for the remains of World War II soldiers, which is part of the Let Us Bow to Those Great Years! program. Another 60,000 rubles were allocated for the Smolensk Region’s The People Remember program; 60,000 rubles were assigned to the Perm Region’s Dialogue between Generations program; and 60,000 rubles – for the publication of a Memory book commemorating those who perished in the Republic of Komi.
The Russian Peace Foundation helped its Omsk Region branch stage memorial meetings and concerts, which were held at the local rehabilitation center and a hospital for veterans; the Kurgan branch of the Foundation published a book entitled “An Attempt to Destroy Memory.”
In June 2009, the RPF assigned 60,000 rubles to an international Russian-Belarus patriotic commemoration entitled Remembering Them All by Name. The event involved various youth search units, and veterans from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.
In September 2009 in Moscow, the RPF hosted a group of Perm Region war veterans who took part in the Remembrance Riad charitable event.
In 2009, as in pervious years, the Foundation continued on with its Peace and Unity and Peace and Youth peace-building programs (spending around 1,352,000 rubles on both).
On February 27, 2009, the Russian Peace Foundation staged the Moscow – City of Peace and Friendship. National Communities of Russia: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities peace-building action. Attended by more than 300 representatives of 11 Russian ethnic groups, as well as Moscow and Moscow and Tver Region war veterans, the meeting adopted a National Communities of Russia appeal “for unity and the complete exclusion of inter-ethnic tensions and conflicts based on ethnic and religious grounds”. A special gala concert was organized for the event, with performers including the Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra, dancing groups from Azerbaijan and Dagestan, and various artists from Ukraine, Armenia, Tatarstan, Mordovia, Bulgaria and other republics. The largest ethnic groups of Russia also helped to organize an exhibition of paintings and samples of folk art, traditional arts and crafts. And in keeping with tradition, all those attending received commemorative gifts from the Foundation.
This important peace-building effort featured on the Stolitsa (Capital) television channel, with additional news appearing on Europa Plus radio, Radio 7 and the Voice of Russia. The ITAR-TASS news agency reported on the event, as did the Moscow Perspective newspaper, the Parliament Newspaper, and the Moscow Region (Podmoskovye) Daily News.
In 2009, as in previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation also organized peace camps in the Orel, Smolensk, Kurgan and Moscow Regions. The International Peace Camp in Tishkovo (Moscow Region) hosted underprivileged children from Ossetia, Belarus and Moscow Region. More than 455,000 rubles were allocated for these events. The RPF further allocated another 80,000 rubles to help organize and stage a 2009 Camp of Peace and Unity, with the event attended by 300 children from the various ethnic groups of Kurgan Region. Another 330,000 rubles were assigned to the organization and staging of the Orel Region’s International Peace Camp, which was attended by children and orphans from South and North Ossetia, as well as the Kaliningrad, Penza and Orel Regions.
Tremendous efforts to build international relations are being carried out by the regional Foundation branches of Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Kurgan, Kursk and Moscow Regions.
To that effect, some 60,000 rubles were assigned for the Kursk Region’s Children of Different Nations program, which studies global ethnic traditions and teaches the spirit of tolerance; another 60,000 rubles were assigned to the Stavropol Region branch’s Tolerance and Conflict Resolution project, and 55,000 rubles – for staging the International Children’s National Cultures Festival in Svetlogorsk.
To help promote the Russian language abroad, strengthen humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Bulgaria, and in accordance with the General Agreement on partnership and cooperation with Bulgaria’s National Movement of Russophiles, in June 2009, the Russian Peace Foundation hosted a group of children in Moscow who won Bulgaria’s national Builders of Friendship competition.
Within the framework of the Peace and Culture program a total of over 3,880,000 rubles has been spent.
On April 8, 2009, the Russian Peace Foundation with the support of the Moscow City Culture Department organized the New Opera Theater staging the Music of the Children’s Hearts social and cultural project, which involved a series of benefit music and education programs for children and the youth. The project included a series of concerts across the various cities of Russia, with these attended free of charge by more than 25,000 students of general and music schools, as well orphans from boarding schools and orphanages.
To help provide material support for more successful (gifted) musicians of the Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the RPF also paid 65 monthly scholarships, for a program total of 780,000 rubles.
In June 2009, the Russian Peace Foundation and the Russian-U.S. Foundation jointly implemented a charitable project involving the organization of a Russian Heritage Festival and a Russian-American Book Fair in New York. The festival’s framework included the organization of various exhibitions and concerts devoted to the culture and work of Russians who live on the territory of the former Soviet Union. The RPF assigned 300,000 rubles to organizing the festival and holding exhibitions.
To help promote regional studies as an important instrument in preserving culture heritage, the RPF joined the Tver City and Tver Region Administrations in providing support for the region’s local authors and creative teams. The Foundation’s Tver Region branch staged the Third National Regional Literature Competition, which is called Our Cultural Heritage.
On October 14, 2009, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow Sate University’s Humanitarian Building One unveiled a statue to the American poet Walt Whitman, which was created by the renowned Russian sculptor A. Burganov. The unveiling ceremony was attended by US Secretary of State H. Clinton, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, and Moscow State University President V. Sadovnichy. The W. Whitman statue’s financing was collected by the public – the Russian Peace Foundation and the Russian-Amtrican Foundation of Cultural Cooperation, whose co-chairmen – Russian Federation State Duma Deputy L. Slutsky, who serves as deputy chairman of the Duma’s international affairs committee, and former US Congressman J. Symington – also attended the ceremony. The statue’s bronze casting and commemorative plaques were financed by the Russian Peace Foundation, which allocated 1,328,000 rubles for the work.
On November 16-19, 2009, Moscow hosted a series events commemorating International Philosophy Day , which is staged on the initiative of UNESCO. The list of event organizers included: the Moscow State University Department of Philosophy, the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy, the Philosophy for Children Non-Governmental Organization, and the Russian Peace Foundation. The RPF allocated 249,000 rubles for staging a round table on Philosophy for Children . The RPF also provided support for publishing a booklet and special newspaper issue. It helped to prepare a photo exhibition, and helped to organize a cultural program for Russian and foreign students who visited Moscow’s historic sites. The round table was attended by more than 80 children and teenagers from Russia, Armenia, France, Finland, Iran, Ukraine and other countries.
The Russian Peace Foundation traditionally pays special attention to cooperation with Russian Orthodox Church and other religious groups on matters of the spiritual renewal of Russia. The Foundation and its branches work on projects to open religious Sunday schools attached to Orthodox churches, and support Orthodox high schools. An RPF representative sits on a council that publishes The Orthodox Encyclopedia.
In 2009, the RPF allocated 360,000 rubles for organizing the broadcast of a Holy Service performed by the His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Rostov. Another 6,000 rubles were assigned to help the Domodedovo District’s St. Mary’s “Comfort and Consolation”Cathedral in the village of Dobrynikha in Moscow Region, put its portal up for repairs; another 150,000 were allocated for the restoration work conducted on the Petrovsk Peter and Paul (Petropavlosk) Cathedral; 125,000 rubles were assigned for acquiring church utensils for the Saransk and Mordovia Dioceses; and 50,000 rubles – for staging repairs of the Bogolyubskaya icon of the Mother of God Cathedral in the village of Velikoye, Gavrilo-Yamskoy district of Yaroslavl Region.
Children of underprivileged families studying at the Novospassky Stavropegic Monastery’s religious Sunday school (Moscow) received gifts and tickets to special New Year’s Eve circus performances.
The Kemerovo branch of the RPF is taking part in a regional program entitled Orthodoxy as a Foundation of the Spiritual Renewal of Russia. The Kursk, Tver, Moscow and many other branches of the Foundation are also actively involved in this program.
In 2009, the Russian Peace Foundation pressed on with its publication of the Cultural Dialogue magazine. A Russian Peace Foundation booklet was published in April 2009.
Hundreds of thousands of activists have been drawn into the Foundation’s orbit. There are Foundation branches in 57 regions of Russia.
On April 10, 2009, in accordance with the RPF Charter, the Russian Peace Foundation Board held its extended annual meeting, which approved the Foundation’s list of priority programs and projects, as well as their methods of financing and accounting. The meeting also listened to a report on the RPF Board’s activities for 2009.
In April 2009, following its annual balance submission sheet, the RPF’s financial accounts underwent an independent audit under the Russian Federation’s accounting rules for 2009.
On July 1, 2009, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation issued Order No. 203, registering the Russian Peace Foundation’s insignia with the state.
The Russian Peace Foundation carries out its charitable and humanitarian programs with its own funds, which include targeted charitable donations from Russian organizations and individuals, as well as targeted assistance from foreign organizations that provide support for specific RFP and regional projects.
Information about the Russian Peace Foundation, its national and regional programs and other Foundation news is widely available of the RPF website at www.peacefond.ru .
Russian Peace Foundation activities have been covered by newspapers such as Izvestia, Moskovsky Komsomolets, the Parliamentary Newspaper and Moscow Perspective, as well as Cultural Dialogue magazine. RPF events have also been covered by the RIA Novosti and ITAR-TASS news agencies, as well as the Voice of Russia, Mayak and other radio stations. In addition, television coverage about national RPF programs have appeared on Channel One, Rossiya (Russia), Russian World, Culture, TVTs, Stolitsa (Capital), Russia Today (English-language), and others. A wealth of reports about the Foundation’s and its departments’ peace-building and charitable actions has been published in the federal and regional press.
Chairman of the Board of the
Russian Peace Foundation
(International Non-Governmental Organization)
L. E. Slutsky