In 2012, the tourist sector was placed within the responsibilities of the Russian culture Ministry (see chapter 1.2.2). The related Federal Target Programme on Development of Domestic and Foreign Tourism (2011-2018) aims at development of the internal tourist market and high quality services. There is also a subdivision on Tourism in the draft State Programme of the Russian Federation on Development of Culture and Tourism for the period of 2013-2020.
The involvement of the Russian Orthodox Church and other religious organisations in cultural matters is intensifying and their influence and participation in public debates on modern Russian culture is growing. On the one hand, some practical tensions emerge with regard to the questions of maintaining, preserving, safeguarding and using cultural monuments and artistic objects, which were recently given back to the religious communities. On the other, the Patriarch Council for Culture was established in 2010 to organise dialogue and interaction with the state cultural institutions, Artists’ Unions, and public organisations of cultural workers.