THE RUSSIAN PEACE FOUNDATION
At the beginning of the 50s millions of peace supporters signed the first Stockholm appeal for the prohibition of nuclear weapons, which played an important role for the preservation of the world peace. Although the after-war years were full of hardships, many people would send their donations voluntarily for the sake of peace.
In order to keep record of such contributions and ensure control of their application on April 27, 1961 the Soviet Peace Foundation was created on public initiative. The Peace Foundation had never had any money from the budget; all the Foundation’s money came from charity donations made by physical persons, enterprises, public organizations.
The Russian Peace Foundation is the successor of the Soviet Peace Foundation. In June 2002 Leonid Slutskiy – Deputy of the RF State Duma, First Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee, PhD Economy, was elected Chairman of the Russian Peace Foundation Board.
March 27, 2003 RPF was transformed into the International Public Foundation Russian Peace Foundation. (RPF)
The main activities of the Russian Peace Foundation include: promotion and enhancement of peace, friendship and understanding between peoples, promotion of the ideas of humanism and charity, philanthropy, prevention of national, religious and social conflicts, human rights protection, preservation of environment, development of international cooperation, scientific, cultural and youth exchange, etc. The Foundation’s activities involve now hundreds of thousands of people. They include war veterans and invalids, youth, children, people of science and culture, Russian and foreign public partnership organizations representatives (from the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Spain, Bulgaria, China, Vietnam and other countries), as well as representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and other denominations.
RPF branches are active in 57 regions of the Russian Federation.
The Russian Peace Foundation implements national charity and humanitarian programs.
Within the framework of the program called Children of Russia the RPF provides support to orphaned children, orphanages, asylums and children’s hospitals (it carries out repairs, buys equipment, computers, clothes, etc). RPF has been implementing the Russian-American charity project called Russian Initiative, aimed at providing assistance to the development of orphanages, asylums and children’s hospitals in 19 regions of Russia.
It organizes recreation for children at Russian resorts as well as in Spain and Bulgaria. It has collected tons of clothes, shoes, toys for orphanages in Chechnya. Humanitarian help was provided to the children affected by the terrorist act in Beslan. It regularly organizes charity new-year parties for orphaned children. In 2006 15 thousand children from 30 regions of Russia took part in the art contests. The Russian-Japanese international art contest World for Peace is being implemented.
In 2006 the Russian Peace Foundation implemented a new charity project called Children on the road. The objective of this campaign is to draw attention to the children’s safety on the roads. Children are provided with free light-reflectors which may be seen in the light of the headlights at a distance of 400 meters. Many Russian businesses earmarked funds for the manufacture of such fireflies, in particular, Panasonic (CIS) contributed USD 10 thousand.
Within the framework of the program called "The world and the youth" RPF organizes international youth camps on the yearly basis. Annually 1,000 children spend vacation there. Traditional youth festival Peace to the Peoples of the Caucasus is held on a regular basis.
Program People’s memory includes traditional marches in honor of war veterans and youth at the places of war battlefields and meetings with Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia, Survivors of Leningrad Blockade.
A lot of work has been done to compile the Memory Books with the purpose to immortalize the glory of those who did not return from the battlefields. Over 800 Books of Memory have been handed for permanent keeping to the Museum at Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow.
Significant funds are being earmarked for the purchase of medication and medical equipment for the hospitals for invalids and veterans of war.
Within the framework of the program called “Care” the Foundation provides care to the people affected by the Chernobyl accident. The Foundation has sent emergency assistance to the regions of natural disasters and international conflicts.
Within the framework of the program called “Peace and Consent” the Russian Peace Foundation made a great contribution into the enhancement of contacts with compatriots abroad. The Foundation acted as one of the co-founders of the Rossiyskoe Otechestvo League (Russian Motherland) which organizes meetings of compatriots, exhibitions and concerts.
RPF is registered with UN, it has a special consultancy status with UN’s ECOSOC, the status of a European Council member.
For many years the Foundation has been participating in the movement of the Northern Callot countries including the peace supporters in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia.
RPF has been awarded a diploma of the Administration of the UNO High Commissioner for Refugees for the cooperation of many years in familiarizing the Russian public with the refugee issues handled by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Foundation’s representatives took part in the Open World program organized by the USA Library of Congress.
In 2002 RPF organized and held in Kaliningrad the European International Forum of non-government organizations Russia and EU: cooperation prospects in the Baltic Region, in 2005 it took part in the international forum The Role of NGO in the Cross-Border Cooperation in the North-West. The Peace Foundation was one of the active organizers and participants of the International Congress of NGO of CIS and the Baltic countries on cooperation in the field of science, culture, and education held in November 2005 in Saint Petersburg. In March 2006 RPF took part in the international Civil 8 forum.
RPF is the official partner of the Council under the auspices of the Russian President for promotion of the development of civil society and human rights.
The total sum of RPF expenses on the implementation of national programs in 2006 made over 40 million rubles. (USD 1 million 600 thousand).
The Russian Peace Foundation takes part in the conferences of international non-government organizations accredited with UN.
Among the events held in 2006 within the framework of the program called World and culture (aggregate costs made up 7 million 952,0 thousand rubles), it is interesting to focus on the participation of RPF in the project for the erection of the monument to the Normandy-Neman air regiment in Le Bourget, by Paris. The monument opening ceremony was attended by the Presidents of Russia and France. The monument was created and cast in Smolensk and it was erected at the expense of the Russian sponsors – leading Russian aviaconcerns (Sukhoi Company, A. S. Yakovlev Development Design Office, Scientific Production Association Saturn, Scientific Production Company Irkut, etc.).
The Russian Peace Foundation traditionally places special emphasis on the cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church and other denominations for the purpose of Russia’s spiritual revival. The Foundation and its branches are implementing a project on opening of Sunday schools at orthodox churches and provide support to orthodox gymnasiums.
It is implementing the program of assistance in the reconstruction of Valaam Monastery, Optina Pustyn, Donskoy Monastery and other holy places. The Foundation was one of the initiators of the Orthodox Encyclopedia and provided generous support to this publication.
The concern with the spiritual, moral and cultural revival of Russia, reconstruction of historical and architectural monuments dear to the Russian heart is one of the priority activities of the Russian Peace Foundation.
Jointly with the International Association of the Teachers of the Russian Language and Literature, RPF assisted in holding language contests for school students learning the Russian language abroad.
In April 2006 the Foundation marked 45th anniversary. A souvenir envelope of the Russian Peace Foundation was issued in one million copies to mark this event. The jubilee envelope of the Foundation was solemnly franked at the administration of RPF.