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Saturday, 15 August 2009
Introducing Farit Mukhametshin, Director of Rossotrudnichestvo
In September 2008 Rossotrudnichestvo was established.
Here is their story in short.
ITAR-TASS 122: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MAY 25, 2009. President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev  meets with Farit Mukhametshin, Director of the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) and Special Presidential Representative for Relations with the CIS, at the Kremlin. 
June 17-18,2009 - Moscow, 
A meeting of the heads of representative offices of the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) took place in Moscow on June 17—18. It looks like the “soft power” activities, which have been fading away in the last 10—15 years, are about to get a fresh start.

An organization called in its heyday “Union of Soviet Societies for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Peoples of Foreign Countries” (SSOD) fell, along with the Foreign Ministry, the Academy of Sciences and other highly professional organizations of intellectuals, victim to the “Time of Troubles” following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The seizure of the famous Friendship House on Vozdvizhenka Street (Yusupov Mansion), the venue of opening ceremonies for a variety of “Days,” “Weeks,” “Ten Days” of Friendship, culture festivals, and protocol events of numerous societies for friendship with different countries, was the most conspicuous expression of the disgrace of those in power at the time. Valentina Tereshkova, the world’s first woman cosmonaut, who was winding up her activities as SSOD’s head, also hardly managed to repel attacks on other real estate properties, especially those located abroad. In the course of ensuing changes, SSOD was renamed Roszarubezhcenter and subordinated to the RF Foreign Ministry. The organization ceased to be an independent organization, and its already meager funding was curtailed even more. In order to survive, the representative offices based abroad were compelled to look out for sources of extra-budgetary revenues to cover the expenses on the maintenance of buildings, the payrolls, etc. It was not until the last few months that the situation began to change for the better. Obvious political and economic problems emerging in the post-Soviet space and Russia’s tarnished image in the world might have been the reasons behind it. In September 2008, Rossotrudnichestvo was established under President Dmitry Medvedev’s decree. One month later, F.M. Mukhametshin, former Ambassador of Russia to Uzbekistan, a seasoned diplomat, was appointed head of the organization. Administrative changes accompanying every restructuring took some time.

On June 17, shortly after F.M. Mukhametshin’s meeting with the RF President last May, the heads of the representative offices and friendship societies got together at the “Russkoye Zarubezhye” (“Russia Abroad”) library. It is these people, real professionals of “people’s diplomacy,” who have dedicated dozens years of their lives to studying the languages and cultures of their neighbors on the planet, are the guardians of good traditions of VOKS, SSOD, Roszarubezhcenter, and friendship societies; it was they who helped residents of different countries across the globe to get familiar with Russian literature and music, study Russian and helped those, who had left their native country for various reasons, keep up ties with their Motherland in both Soviet and post-Soviet times. They waited for statements about how much their work was needed, they also waited for the pledge to bring back decent funding to “soft power” and for an expression of respect for them from the highest power echelons.

What they heard could not only inspire their optimism. Already in his opening remarks F. M. Mukhametshin quoted the President of Russia as saying at the meeting on May 25 that “the establishment of the Agency was prompted by the need for carrying out more serious and more organized work designed to strengthen and develop the Community of Independent States.” He also stressed that Rossotrudnichestvo must turn into a channel of communication with other countries, serve as an effective means of inter-civilizational dialog and become therefore a vital tool of this country’s foreign policy. The head of Rossotrudnichestvo called the Agency’s systemic activities, a rethinking of its activities, and the development of fresh, innovative approaches taking into account the realities of the rapidly changing world a priority task facing the whole of the staff. In accordance with a long-term plan envisaging the opening of the Agency’s Russian science and culture centers, such centers must have been set up in more than 100 countries by 2020.

On behalf of Foreign Minister S.V. Lavrov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia A.V. Yakovenko called “the strengthening of the integration structures in the CIS space, which ensure the objective communality, our only competitive advantage,” a crucial task. He emphasized: “Rossotrudnichestvo has all the prerequisites to become a unique channel of conveying Russia’s ‘soft power,’ this country’s ability to influence its partners and the general public abroad, while building on this country’s civilizational, humanitarian, foreign policy-related and other kinds of attractiveness. A.V. Yakovenko pledged the senior officials and the staff of the new organization an effective support of the Foreign Ministry’s top management and the Russian diplomatic missions abroad.
S.N. Lebedev, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, reminded that the Community will mark its 18th anniversary in December and that Russia will assume the organization’s chairmanship in 2010. The CIS is living, working, and improving, it has good prospects, said the speaker, and urged “to shape relations with CIS not only in terms of economic benefit but from the perspective of geopolitical expediency as well.”

Having said this, he urged Rossotrudnichestvo to initiate and coordinate humanitarian cooperation programs with a view to forming a single education and cultural CIS space.
“I’m profoundly convinced that Russia’s might and authority not only depend on the results of ongoing economic and social processes but also on how our country is represented in the world arena,” said A.M. Babakov, deputy chairman of the State Duma. “We have every reason to believe that a structure has now emerged that will address this issue effectively, and all we can do is only give it our help.”

After reading a message of greetings from S.M. Mironov, Chairman of the Federation Council, A.P. Torshin, his first deputy, stressed that all the participants in the meeting are imbued with the spirit of creativity and initiative and are ready to formulate robust proposals on the further development of Russia’s relations with CIS member countries and other states and also proposals regarding a greater effectiveness of international humanitarian cooperation.

M.Ye. Shvydkoy, the President’s representative in charge of international cultural cooperation, said, “Rossotrudnichestvo has gathered for the first time in the wake of serious organizational changes. All of the colleagues of mine who are present here are participants, veterans, and invalids of many predecessor organizations and are therefore concerned about a stock-taking of emerging difficulties. There are a lot of such difficulties, which are mostly new and linked to new challenges facing the Agency in a world where many things, including Russia’s role, have changed.” He called for the gathering to “play all instruments and before all audiences” and promised help from the Foreign Ministry and its overseas diplomatic missions.

K.I. Kosachev, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma, wished the meeting participants success in their new mission “linked not only to the fact that the previous failed in a certain sense but also to the changes occurring in the world and changed working methods.” The use of “soft power” implies an impact on the shaping of elites and through them a growing impact on the target territories of interest to us. It is something that our rivals in the post-Soviet space, in Georgia and Ukraine, for instance, are engaged in. They often prove more effective than we in the spaces where there is a vacuum of other interests. Rossotrudnichestvo is called upon to become Russia’s “soft power.”

A.Ye. Busygin, Deputy Culture Minister, O.A. Rozhnov, Deputy Minister for Youth, Sports and Tourism Affairs, A.V. Ochirova, chair of a committee of the Public Chamber, and M.A. Gusman, Deputy Director-General of ITAR-TASS, came up with greetings and cooperation proposals in specific fields of activities. The address made by V.A. Nikonov, Executive Director of the “Russkiy Mir” foundation, aroused a particularly lively interest. His organization is engaged in much the same work abroad in parallel with Rossotrudnichestvo. A slide show illustrated the account of the head of the foundation that has been around for a mere two years. The speaker reported that there are already several Russian Centers operating abroad. In CIS countries alone, there are more than a dozen of such centers.

“It is very essential for us to interact with the representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo based abroad and to share the use of these platforms. We want ‘Russkiy Mir’ to be not just a reminder of the past but a dream of the future of our great people and our great civilization, which has the capacity to bring the world the ideals of freedom, justice, dignity, and the sovereignty of a civilization and a nation that is able to live in peace with itself and the rest of the world,” V.A. Nikonov emphasized.

After a break, F.M. Mukhametshin presented a detailed report. Yu.Ye. Prokhorov, Director of the Pushkin Institute of the Russian Language, A.G. Bystritsky, Chairman of the State Radio Broadcasting Company “The Voice of Russia,” G.L. Muradov, Director of the Department of External Economic and International Relations of Moscow, and L.I. Shvetsova, a member of the governing board of the Russia-France Society, outlined opportunities for interaction with Rossotrudnichestvo. The ensuing discussion involved representatives of Russian compatriots’ organizations and societies for friendship with different foreign countries.

The second day of the meeting’s deliberations was dedicated to the discussion of the introductory report of the CEO of Rossotrudnichestvo. The remarks made by the heads of representative offices operating in a variety of countries contained both their concern about the prevailing situation and their optimism. The “soft power” professionals are now set for a fresh start.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 12:12 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 20 February 2010 12:31 PM EST
Monday, 3 August 2009
Announcement 4th August 2009 - Opening Season
Topic: Opening Season
The Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv and the 
Associastion of professional artists of Israel
invite - August 4 at 18:00
opening of the season 2009-2010.

In presentation 4 personal exhibitions:

Maya Karakes (Herzliya) «terracotta World»
(miniature sculptures)

Catherine Weaver (Moscow) «color, image, fantasy»
(Work 1970: drawings and applications)

Gregory Firer (Ashkelon)
«The country of Israel: from Eilat to Akko»

Valentin Skoda (Rishon le-Zion)
«Yesterday, today and always»
(Painting and Graphics)

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 6:14 AM EDT
Friday, 28 November 2008
Head of the RCC Tel Aviv, Dr Aleksander Kryukov meets Secretary General of the EAEK, Mikhail Chlenov
Topic: Russian-Jewish Relations
Contacts were intensified recently in the Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv during a meeting of the representative [Roszarubezhtsentr] in Israel, Director Dr Alexander Kryukov and the Secretary General of the Eurasian Jewish Congress EAEK , prominent Jewish public figure and scientist Mikhail Chlenov (Moscow). 
The Head of the RKC-RCC Tel Aviv greeted the guest on behalf of roszarubezhtsentr, showed him
around the center and acquainted the guest with the common directions of the RKC-RCC work in the sphere of culture, teaching of the Russian language, information and development of public- cultural connections with the public and professional creative associations of Israel.
The expanding of fruitful collaboration between the  RKC-RCC representation and the veterans unions of Israel and the associations of descendants from the USSR- CIS was discussed in great length.
In turn, the Secretary General described the history of the EAEK's creation (2002), the structure and the basic public- information and the activities of the EAEK , which now counts more than 1100 Jewish organizations of 30 countries of the CIS and the Asian-Pacific region. The Secretary General of the EAEK emphasized that the important aspect of the activity of this representative organization is the development of interfaith dialogue with the Christian and Moslem community. Mr Chlenov quoted the President of the EAEK, the leader of the Jewish congress of Kazakhstan Alexander Mashkevich, who recently stated that EAEK is confident that the dramatic events, which occur today in the Near East, do not serve any strategic interests of neither Islam nor Judaism.
In completion of the meeting the Leader of the Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv  [Roszarubezhtsentr] and the Secretary General of the EAEK agreed to continue their contacts and outlined some general directions for future collaboration in the cultural sphere.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 9:29 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 28 November 2008 9:53 AM EST
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Reminder - Nov 26 film screening " On the Edge "
Topic: Film Club
Respected visitors, we wish to remind you that the screening of the documentary film by Vladimir Sinelnikov
 “On the edge” from the cycle “The third world already began…”
 will take place on Wednesday November 26 at 18:00.
 Administration RCC Tel Aviv - [RKTS]

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 6:02 AM EST
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Festival "Mozart and Tchaikovsky" - 27-30th Oct 2008
Topic: Children's Festival
Festival "Mozart and Tchaikovsky" From 27 to 30 October the 3rd International Children's Festival "Mozart and Tchaikovsky" was held in Israel. A large delegation of young talented performers from Russia – the students of prestigious Central Musical School at Moscow Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky  had arrived in Israel for participation in the first Israeli-Russian Musical Festival of such a level.  Dr. of Arts, Professor Alexander Yakupov - the principle of Central Musical School in Moscow headed this delegation. Russian Ambassador to Israel P.V. Stegniy – a great assessor of musical culture, warmly welcomed the delegation in his residence on the first day of its arrival. The Ambassador supported the idea of holding Festival in Israel – the country, where classical music has always been valued and skillfully performed. He wished young performers success and new interesting meetings with their colleagues and coevals. An opening ceremony started in the evening of October 28 in Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv.  The members of Diplomatic Corpse , Knesset members,  musicians, creative unions' representatives, journalists and classical music lovers came to listen to young Russian and Israeli musicians.  RCC Director, A. A. Kryukov opened the ceremony. He stressed that nothing but mutual cultural creativity of children – our future generation and new open world creators, brings nations and cultures together.  Israeli delegation of Festival participants consisted of young talents from several cities. They had been selected according to recommendations of authoritative and famous local musicians and music experts who closely cooperate with RCC. B. P. Izmailov – an honorable activist of Russian culture, presented Russian Center of International and Cultural Cooperation (Moscow). He told about the history of this Festival and about its previous concerts in Moscow and Viena. Then fascinating sounds of music filled the hall… Russian and Israeli musicians brilliantly performed the most complicated compositions by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Davidov, Sarasate and other prominent Russian and foreign composers. The audience enthusiastically welcomed each young virtuoso and demanded performing once more. At the end of the concert all participants of this unique performance were decorated with certificates of merit and presents from RCC and Festival organizers. The second Festival concert was held on October 29 in a big Israeli city Rishon Le-Tsion. Russian and Israeli musicians performed in one of the best city's concert halls "Yad Le-Banuim". Lots of music lovers, who already knew about the first concert in Tel Aviv from media, gathered there. Mikhail Ralf – a municipality member and a leader of All-Russian Countrymen Community in Israel greeted young performers. This was another triumph of young Israeli-Russian musicians. It was also a real esthetical enjoyment for the audience and a hot reception with lasting applause and a sea of flowers for performers. During their short stay in Israel young Russian guests in spite of a very busy program still managed to make a tour along Tel-Aviv and Jaffa, and also visit Jerusalem.                                        

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 7:19 AM EST
Monday, 17 November 2008
November 19 screening of the film "The Edge" cancelled
Topic: RCC"Wednesday" Movie Club
Respected visitors ,
 the screening of the documentary film “on the edge”, scheduled for  November 19 of this year, has been cancelled due to technical reasons.
 The showing of this film will take place at a later date, about which you will be notified in advance.
Our apologies,
Administration RKC-RCC Tel Aviv 

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 5:26 AM EST
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
October, 15 at 18:00 - Alexander Kanevsky - 90 minutes of laughter
Topic: Israeli-Russian Artists
Russian Cultural Center in Tel-Aviv October, 15 at 18:00 An Evening with a popular Israeli satirist, dramatist and scriptwriter  Alexander Kanevsky "90 Minutes of Laughter" In the program:presentation of a new book "How to get to Golgotha?" A famous Russian-Israeli writer Anatoly Aleksin participates in the Evening 

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 6:14 PM EDT
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
RKC - RCC Tel Aviv - Wednesday Movie Club - 13th August 2008

13 August at 18:00

Movie-club "Wednesday"


 "Oscar" 2008 nominee from Russia

Movie demonstration and the story of its creation is repeated by audience requests

Film director – Nikita Mikhalkov

With Sergey Makovetsky, Sergey Garmash,  Alexey Petrenko, Valentin Gaft, Nikita Mikhalkov, Yuri Stoyanov , Mikhail Efremov in leading roles

Duration 153 min.

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 5:26 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 13 August 2008 10:05 AM EDT
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
"BEAUTY & HEALTH IN SUMMER" –SEMINAR IN TEL AVIV         The Russian Cultural Center in Tel Aviv held a seminar "BEAUTY & HEALTH IN SUMMER" for its regular visitors.          Israeli top specialists in different fields of medicine, scientists, researchers, staff members of a well known Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv took part in this seminar. MS Academician & Professor Shimon Rohkind - the chief of neurosurgery department, Professor Olga Raz (the daughter of the famous Soviet writer Emmanuil Kazakevich) – the chief of nutrition department, Dr. Galina Shenkerman, the chief of endocrinology department, and Professor Leonid Hovers – a specialist on otolaryngology and recreation activities lectured before the curious audience. Seminar was conducted by Russian embassy's doctor Natalia Pushkarsky. Specialists spoke about peculiarities of organism's physiology in summer period, gave common recommendations on water-salt balance and skin care; they also answered numerous private questions asked by the listeners. The audience watched two short films about new possibilities of recreation treatment in Israel and also about advancement of modern methods of Israeli specialists applied in Russian and Ukrainian market of medical services. For instance, elaborations on Dead Sea Mud treatment made by Israeli scientists are successfully applied today in Truskavets. 

By numerous requests of the visitors it was decided to conduct such kinds of seminars and/or questions - answers meetings regularly.

(translation: Irene Yavchunovsky - IRAS Israel)

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 1:22 AM EDT
Monday, 9 June 2008
Russian Independence Day Concert - RCC Tel Aviv 12th June
Topic: Independence Day -Russia

To Independence Day of Russia June 12, 18:00 

The concert of classical and modern music by Russian composers Performers:Ella Passik – pianoMaria Kabelsky – sopranoYevgeny Nezhinetz – baritone The program is conducted by a musicologist

Inna Sheikhatovich

Posted by obshestvo-iras at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 16 June 2008 1:24 AM EDT

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