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Russia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes

Providing for intercultural dialogue is an implicit and traditional part of cultural and social policy in Russia as a culturally diverse country, while Soviet concepts of "interethnic relations" or "peoples' friendships" are common substitutes for "dialogue". Most widespread forms are conferences, festivals, exhibitions, inter-regional exchanges, etc. Relatively new inter-religious dialogue has emerged and involving all the confessions became a very sensitive issue.

The Ministry for Regional Development is responsible for regulating both inter-ethnic (inter-cultural) dialogue and co-operation between the state administration and National Cultural Autonomies or religious communities. Practical work is organised at the regional level where special programmes are implemented. Routine cultural interaction of public organisations with strong ethnic, religious or parochial roots are mainly organised by the regional and local authorities. The "Friendship Houses" serve as focal points for actors and activities, many of which belong to the "folk" cultural movement. In large cities, teaching tolerance also became an instrument of promoting dialogue.

Additional Resources:

Database of Good Practice on Intercultural Dialogue

Key Resources

Chapter published: 11-04-2013

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