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INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITIES of the International Public Fund Russian Peace Foundation in 2013

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INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITIES

of the International Public Fund

Russian Peace Foundation in 2013

In 2013, as in previous years, the International public fund Russian Peace Foundation continued to administer its nationwide charitable and humanitarian programs: Memory of the Nation, Care, Peace and Unity, International Cooperation, Peace and Culture, Peace and Youth, The Children of Russia, and others.

the Russian Peace Foundation spent in total 38,338,000 rubles on its nationwide programs, which included informational and publishing activity as well as material, logistical, and organizational support for the programs of the foundation and of its regional branches. This includes over 8,300,000 rubles allocated in 2013 by RPF's board to the Foundations 28 regional branches to enable them to administer regional charitable and humanitarian programs and projects.

In 2013, the Russian Peace Foundation staged a number of national and regional events under the auspices of the Children of Russia program, spending over 2,930,000 rubles.

RPF continued to implement its Children on the Roads charitable program, designed to draw public attention to the dangers children face on the streets. This program distributed free reflector lights to children. These reflectors were handed out to young people at holiday shows and also sent to the RPFs regional branches. 60,000 rubles were allocated to produce and distribute the reflector lights in the Magadan region. This Light Up! campaign was widely publicized in the media.

The Russian Peace Foundation carried out a charitable project, The Mowgli Children's Creative Marathon, intended to promote the social adaptation and discover creative abilities of children from orphanages, as well as from low-income and very large families in and around Moscow. Seminars and workshops were held as part of the project, and excursions to museums were arranged for the children taking part in the event. On Sept. 24, 2013, the premiere performance of the musical We are of One Blood! based on Vladislav Stashinsky's musical adaptation of Mowgli, was held at the Moscow International House of Music for 500 children living in orphanages or low-income families in Moscow or the Moscow region. 780,000 rubles were allocated for this project.

80,000 rubles were allocated to the Foundation's regional branch in Dagestan to enable it to organize and hold a celebratory concert in honor of International Children's Day for 140 youngsters residing at a special-education school in the city of Kaspiysk and to present them with souvenir gifts; 30,000 rubles went to RPF's regional branch in Smolensk to allow children from low-income families to enjoy summer camp at the Krynichka international friendship camp (Belarus); 100,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in the Moscow region so it could arrange a festive show in honor of International Children's Day and purchase New Year's gifts for orphans living in institutions in the Moscow region; 110,000 rubles went to RPF's Yaroslavl branch, enabling it to administer the Do a Good Deed Today project as well as hold an international streetball tournament for young athletes with disabilities; 60,000 rubles were allocated to RPF's Magadan branch to administer the regional program, The Children of Kolyma; and 100,000 rubles went to RPF's branches in Tambov and Tver to administer the regional programs, The Children of Russia.

In May 2013, the Russian Peace Foundation arranged an excursion for a group of 54 children from low-income families and residents of orphanages in the Samara region to come to Moscow under the slogan, "A Salute to Those Wonderful Years!" providing them with a sightseeing tour of the city, a festive dinner, and a visit to the Tretyakov Gallery, the Space Museum, and the zoo. In September, a group of 54 children were brought to Moscow from Samara as part of a humanitarian project to develop the creative potential of children from low-income families. In December, 24 residents of a children's home and boarding school in Shiringushi in the Republic of Mordovia were brought to Moscow for a trip that included New Year's shows. 207,000 rubles were allocated for these purposes.

230,000 rubles were allocated to organize trips, sending orphans and children from low-income families in the Republic of Dagestan to summer recreational destinations.

35,000 rubles were allocated to purchase a TV and CD player for the E. D. Stasova children's home and boarding school in Ivanovo for orphans and parentless children; 60,000 rubles were spent to purchase tickets for orphans and children from low-income families in Moscow and the Moscow region to attend a New Year's performance at the Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard.

As part of the Russian-American project, Russian Initiative, the foundation's branch in Kursk received a contribution from the UMC in the US (over 689,000 rubles), to conduct joint humanitarian assistance programs for orphans.

In 2013, over 957,000 rubles were spent on the RFP's nationwide charitable program, Peace and Unity.

As a part of this program, the Russian Peace Foundation and the Burganov Center Museum of Classical and Modern Art jointly conducted the International Symposium of Young Sculptors Commonwealth, which was held from August -Sept. 2013, attracting the best students in sculptural arts from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Russia. This symposium culminated in an exhibition and the publication of a catalog of artwork. RPF allocated 120,000 rubles for these purposes.

102,000 rubles were allocated to RPF's branch in the Orlov district, to administer the project We Are All Fellow Citizens and to stage the Peace in Our Home exhibition of children's drawings; 190,000 rubles went to RPF's Smolensk branch, to hold the Folk Traditions of Smolensk festival, dedicated to the 1150th anniversary of the city's foundation; 50,000 rubles were allocated to RPF's branch in Perm to carry out their regional programs; 80,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Dagestan to implement the Dance With Us project; 55,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Tver, to conduct the forum, The Nation's Unity Lies in the Dialog of Cultures; 30,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Penza, to arrange a trip for school children to the Volga International Youth Camp (in the city of Kazan); 100,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Kaliningrad, to oversee a project on cross-border cooperation.

100,000 rubles were allocated to hold the 12th international Moscow - a City of Peace festival, which included performances by professional and amateur theaters, young artists, and vocal and dance ensembles representing different national cultures. A gala concert was held on May 26, 2013 in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music.

Over 995,000 rubles were spent on the program, Memory of the Nation, in 2013.

30,000 rubles were allocated to RPF's branch in Amur to administer the Candle of Memory project; 50,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Belgorod, to administer the Burned Village project; 100,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Ivanovo, to administer the Honor to the Memory project; 50,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Kaliningrad, to host the YI regional festival, Remembering the Rescued World; 150,000 rubles went to RPF's Smolensk branch to host events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of that city and to create the ebook, Soldiers of Victory; 60,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Orlov, to administer the project, Pride in the Past, Belief in the Future; 25,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Yaroslav to stage Victory Day events; 90,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Kursk, to administer the regional program, The Candle of Memory Still Burns; 30,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Novgorod, to administer a project to assist military veterans; 50,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Omsk to stage Victory Day events; 30,000 rubles went to RPF's representative office in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania to stage the events, A Monument by the Road and Our Great Victory! 60,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in St. Petersburg, to stage the event, The 70th Anniversary of the Road of Life Into a City Under Siege; 90,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in the Republic of Dagestan, to publish the memorial book Homeland Soldiers; 60,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in the Moscow region to hold a festive concert for the veterans of the Great Patriotic War and to present them souvenir gifts; 80,000 rubles were spent to stage a patriotic event in the Volgograd region, The Living Memory of Generations; and 90,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Perm, to erect a monument in the village of Polozovo in the Perm territory to Mikhail Odintsov, who was twice honored with the title "Hero of the Soviet Union."

The Russian Peace Foundation spent over 728,000 rubles to administer the Care program in 2013.

150,000 rubles were allocated to organize a trip for young scholars to the international M-Enabling Summit (USA), devoted to making information and communication technology more accessible to the physically disabled.

117,000 rubles were allocated to produce 20 sets of books for visually impaired children at kindergarden No. 34 in the city of Balashikha in the Moscow region, as part of the project A Gift of Books.

60,000 rubles were allocated to produce a catalog of the prizewinning entries in the Russian national poster contest, Russia Against Poverty! dedicated to the International Day Against Poverty. Beanbag chairs were purchased for the enjoyment of the residents of special-education school No. 991 in Moscow.

RPF has allocated over 350,000 rubles to administer regional programs to assist veterans and the socially disadvantaged and to hold charitable events dedicated to the International Day of the Elderly in the Khabarovsk territory and the Kemerovo, Ivanovo, Moscow, Samara, Tver, and Yaroslavl regions.

The foundation continued its traditional cooperation with NGOs and social organizations in other countries in order to administer joint humanitarian, charitable, environmental, cultural, youth-oriented, and other programs and projects.

Over 3,587,000 rubles were spent on RPF's International Cooperation program in 2013.

In 2013, representatives of RPF were actively involved in meetings of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Commission on Human Rights, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, and in the forums at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

In February 2013, representatives from RPF took part in the work of the Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna.

In November 2013, a representative from RPF in the official Russian delegation took part in the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in the role of a public expert.

In May 2013, a representative from RPF took part in a high-level OSCE Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination in Tirana, then in April at the 16th session of the HRC Working Group on the UPR in Geneva, in July 2013 at the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting in Vienna, and in Sept. at the 17th annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, held in Warsaw.

RPF's representatives took part in the 11th anniversary session of the World Public Forum (WPF), Dialogue of Civilizations, in October 2013 on the Greek Island of Rhodes.

In order to help talented Russian youth embrace the values of the UN, 500,000 rubles have been allocated to stage the Moscow International Model UN in 2013 at MGIMO (the school of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and to enable the ten winners of the grant-funded competition to come from the Russian regions to participate.

390,000 rubles were allocated to organize and conduct the international conference, Russian-Ukrainian Relations: Conclusions and Prospects, in Moscow in June 2013 with the participation of international experts and representatives of public organizations.

In order to promote the Russian language abroad, to bolster humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Bulgaria, and in accordance with the cooperation agreement with the Bulgarian national Russophile movement, in July 2013 the Russian Peace Foundation held a reception in Moscow for a group from Bulgaria - the winners of the national competition, You Cannot Stifle What Cannot be Extinguished. RPF allocated 178,000 rubles for these purposes.

20,000 rubles were allocated to RPF's branch in Ivanovo for the publication of the book, A Gift from a German Teacher, as part of the Enjoyable German campaign. The foundation's regional branches also hosted prominent events to promote the development of international cooperation.

In 2013, as in previous years, the Foundation continued its peacemaking program, Peace and Youth, (which was the recipient of over 1,520,000 rubles).

RPF helped to host the Russian national festival, Young Homeland Talents, to promote the creativity of cadets. A ceremony was held to honor the winners in the "Creativity Film" category at the festival, at the State Pushkin Museum on Nov. 20, 2013, and on Nov. 21 a gala concert was held for the winners of the festival at the Red Banner Hall of the Armed Forces Cultural Center. A photo exhibit, Cadets and the Students at the Suvorov Military School Through the Lens of History, was organized and held in the Photo Center of the Union of Journalists on Gogolevsky Boulevard. RPF allocated over 280,000 rubles to this project.

250,000 rubles were allocated to host the Russian national festival of creativity for children and youth, I Love You Russia! On Dec. 6, 2013, an awards ceremony for the participants and prizewinners of the festival was held at the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts.

177,000 rubles were allocated to RPF's Ivanovo branch to host the Days of Russian-German Friendship, to administer the youth project, Peace Without Borders, and to send the winners of the competition on a trip to Germany; 90,000 rubles went to RPF's Kurgan branch to host the peace and friendship camp, Multicolored Rivers - 2013; 70,000 rubles went to RPF's Penza branch, enabling the region's schoolchildren and students to take part in the Strength in Unity project; 35,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Smolensk, to host the Intellectual-Creative Marathon; 30,000 rubles went to RPF's branch in Krasnodar to award the winners of the Silver-Tongued youth oratory competition; 15,000 rubles went to RPF's representative office in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania to host the I Vote For Peace international gathering of young peacemakers.

As in previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation arranged for children from low-income families in North Ossetia, Belarus, and the Moscow region to stay at the Romashka International Peace Camp (in the Podolsky district, Moscow region). Over 200,000 rubles were allocated for these purposes. 265,000 rubles were allocated to organize for the winners of the Peace in Our Home competition an international, festive session at the Peace Camp in the Oryol region for children from South Ossetia, the Oryol region, and North Korea.

General expenses for the nationwide program Peace and Culture totaled 12,967,000 rubles.

In order to provide financial support for the most precocious (gifted) musicians from the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, RPF paid for 50 individual monthly stipends in 2013. 675,000 rubles were allocated for this project. 

The Russian Peace Foundation oversaw a project to create and erect a monument to the Russian poet Aleksandr Tvardovsky on Strastnoy Boulevard in Moscow. An unveiling ceremony for the monument was held on June 22, 2013. The monument was erected near the editorial offices of the magazine Novy Mir, which Aleksandr Tvardovsky directed, and is being presented by RPF to the city of Moscow as a gift. Attending the unveiling ceremony were: the Russian Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky; the chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee for CIS affairs, Eurasian Integration and Ties with Compatriots and the chairman of the board of RPF, Leonid Slutsky; Moscow's deputy mayor, Leonid Pechatnikov; Natalya Solzhenitsyna, a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation; poet Andrei Dementyev; and the poet's daughters Valentina and Olga Tvardovskaya. The unveiling of the monument to Aleksandr Tvardovsky was widely publicized in the media. In order to administer the project in 2013, RPF allocated 750,000 rubles of the earmarked funds that were received for the purpose of erecting the monument.

In 2013, RPF implemented a humanitarian project to produce and mount a memorial plaque in Moscow in honor of the great 20th-century architect, Le Corbusier. Two million, one hundred thousand rubles were allocated from the earmarked funds to pay the foundry of the Coubertin Foundation (France) to caste a bronze sculpture of Le Corbusier.

420,000 rubles were allocated to hold a benefit concert the socially important musical education project for children and youth The Music of Children's Hearts - in the Chamber Hall of the Moscow International House of Music on March 21, 2013. Young soloists - the winners of international competitions and of the project's qualifying rounds held in the Russian regions - also took part in the performance.

On April 2, 2013, in conjunction with Moscow magazine, RPF conducted a solemn awards ceremony for the winners of the Russian Positive literary competition that included a benefit concert featuring the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia. 190,000 rubles were allocated to bestow awards on the winners of the competition and 320,000 rubles to organize and host the concert.

Over 502,000 rubles were allocated to arrange for soloists from the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia to travel to Yakutsk and perform a concert in April 2013, under the auspices of the socially important project, The Music of Children's Hearts.

On May 30, 2013, the Russian Peace Foundation held a benefit concert at the Pushkin State Museum marking the opening of the first musical festival of the CIS countries, The Talents of the Commonwealth Celebration in Honor of Fuat Mansurov. More than 350 students from music schools and veterans of war and labor were invited to the concert, which also included performances by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia and young musicians from Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. RPF allocated 569,000 rubles to organize the concert, produce posters, and broadcast video commercials on the television channels TV Tsentr, Moskva 24, and Doveriye. 

In September 2013, RPF, along with the Polytechnical Museum at the Na Strastnom Theater Center, showed an innovative music project in a 3D format, Icarus at the Edge of Time, during which the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia performed music by the famous English composer Philip Glass. RPF allocated 250,000 rubles to organize and hold the concert.

On Oct. 9, 2013, RPF, along with the plenipotentiary representative of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, held a benefit concert, In Memory of Fuat Mansurov ... at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. RPF allocated over 870,000 rubles to stage the concert and rent the hall.

On Oct. 25, 2013, RPF held a benefit gala concert for the first stage of the project, The Music of Children's Hearts, in the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, which included performances by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia and prizewinning young soloists from the project. RPF allocated over 900,000 rubles to organize and hold the concert (including 450,000 rubles from a presidential grant).

An anniversary reading, "Never Regret Anything " by the poet Andrei Dementyev, the first deputy chairman of RPF's board and a state prizewinner, was held on Dec. 9, 2013 at the State Kremlin Palace, with performances by Russian and international entertainment celebrities. RPF allocated 4,650,000 rubles from earmarked charitable contributions to organize and conduct the anniversary festivities in Tver and Moscow, to produce and air public-service ads, and to arrange the filming for television.

On Dec. 12, 2013, the Russian Peace Foundation held the project's grand opening at the State Pushkin Museum as part of the socially significant musical education project for children and youth The Music of Children's Hearts (stage 2). 290,000 rubles were allocated to organize the project's opening concert, and 540,000 rubles of the supporting funds received from the state and allocated to RPF as a grant, in accordance with the Russian president's decree No. 115-rp, dated March 29, 2013, were allocated for the project's organizational and technical support at the State Pushkin Museum on Dec. 12, 2013 and for the benefit concert at the Moscow International House of Music planned for Feb. 17, 2014 as part of the project.

The Russian Peace Foundation traditionally places special emphasis on its cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as with other denominations, in order to promote Russia's spiritual renewal. The foundation and its branches are working to open Sunday Schools at Orthodox churches and to support Orthodox high schools.

In 2013 RPF allocated 90,000 rubles to publish the magazine Orthodox Education, 187,000 rubles to restore the Bogoroditse-Rozhdestvensky Bobrenev Monastery (Moscow region), the Pokrovsky Church of the Holy Virgin in the village of Rubetskoe in the Shilovsky district of the Ryazan region, and the Church of St. Simeon the Stylite in the town of Pereslavl-Zalessky in the Yaroslavl region.

Many of the Foundation's branches, in the Krasnodar, Perm, and Stavropol territories, and the Kursk, Oryol, Omsk, Tver, Vologda, Voronezh, Kaliningrad, Smolensk, and Moscow regions, as well as other areas, are actively engaged in this program.

Hundreds of thousands of activists are involved in the Foundation's work. RPF's branches are active in 47 Russian regions.

In accordance with RPF's charter, the Russian Peace Foundation (an International Public Fund) held a conference to hear reports and elect new officers on April 9, 2013, at which reports from RPF's board and audit committee were heard and the main programs and projects in the foundation's highest-priority areas were approved, as was their financing, and the new members of RPF's board and the foundation's audit committee were elected. At RPF's board meeting, the chairman and deputy chairman of RPF's board were elected.

An independent audit was conducted of the financial and business activities of the International Public Fund RPF, and its accounting practices were examined to verify their compliance with the Russian law.

The Russian Peace Foundation uses its own funds, which include specifically earmarked charitable donations from Russian organizations and individuals, to administer its charitable and humanitarian programs.

Comprehensive Information about the Russian Peace Foundation and the administration of its national and regional programs, as well as news about the foundation, can be found at the RPF website (http://www.peacefond.ru/).

The Russian Peace Foundation's activities were publicized in Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vecherniaya Moskva, Literaturnaya Gazeta, Argumenty i Fakty online, and the magazine Dialog Kultur. Events sponsored by RPF were also covered by the ITAR-TASS news agency, the radio stations Radio Rossii and Golos Rossii, and other media outlets. In addition, the television channels Rossiya 1, Rossiya 24, Moskva 24, Mir, Kultura, TV Tsentr, Doveriye, and other aired stories about RPF's national programs. The national and regional media published a wide spectrum of materials on the peacemaking and charitable campaigns of the foundation and its branches.

Chairman of the Board
International Public Fund
Russian Peace Foundation
Leonid Slutsky