INFORMATION ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE RUSSIAN PEACE FOUNDATION IN THE YEAR 2016
In 2016, the Russian Peace Foundation, an International Public Fund, continued, as in previous years, to implement a series of national charitable and humanitarian programmes, including ďPeopleís MemoryĒ, ďCareĒ, ďPeace and ConsentĒ, ďInternational CooperationĒ, ďPeace and CultureĒ, ďPeace and YouthĒ, ďChildren of RussiaĒ, etc.
The total amount of the Foundationís expenditures for the implementation of national programmes, including expenditures for information, publishing, logistics and administration support for the programmes of the Foundation and its regional branches, amounted to more than RUB 148,572,000, including the allocation of funds to the Foundationís regional branches for regional charitable and humanitarian programmes and projects to a total of more than RUB 5,742,000.
In 2016, the Russian Peace Foundation held a number of central and regional events for the implementation of the ďPeace and ConsentĒ programme, allocating RUB 17,852,000 for this purpose.
With a view to preventing the involvement of young people in terrorist organizations and resisting recruitment in the ISIS as a terrorist organization banned in Russia, the Foundation, with the consultative support from the CIS Anti-Terrorist Centre and the Russian Mufties Council, issued a brochure titled The Terrible Fairy Tale of Daesh, of which 5000 copies were printed and distributed throughout Russian regions. In cooperation with the CIS Anti-Terrorist Centre, a brochure titled Prevention of Youth Involvement in Terrorist and Extremist Organizations was published to be distributed in higher education institutions in Russia and CIS countries. For this activity, more than RUB 375,000 was allocated.
RUB 82,000 was allocated to organize the 18th DetectiveFEST International Festival of Detective Films. RUB 78,000 was allocated to stage and hold, in cooperation with the Aram Khachaturian Childrenís Music School, a musical-and-literary and historical-and-patriotic show titled Russia Unburned at the Russian State Historical Museum.
More than RUB 730,000 was allocated to organize an exhibition titled Ordinary Fascism: War Crimes of Ukrainian Law Enforcers at the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and to publish books.
More than RUB 700,000 was allocated to prepare, together with the International Information Agency Russia Today, an analytical issue titled A Navigator for Childrenís Summer Rest and to publish a brochure titled Where and How Russian Children Have Rest.
As part of events held in Strasbourg to protect the rights of Russian compatriots residing in Ukraine, RUB 108,000 was allocated to produce a brochure titled The Conquest of Europe by the United States: the Ukraine Crisis and distribute it among the participants of the activities. RUB 10 million was allocated to organize and hold the 18th World Congress of the Russian Press in Paris (France). RUB 30,000 was allocated to hold classes of the National school 21st Century Leader.
More than RUB 2,160,000 was allocated to implement regional events under the auspices of the Peace and Consent programme by the Foundationís branches in Dagestan, Karelia, Mordovia, Komi, North Ossetia, as well as in the Krasnodar, Perm, Volgograd, Voronezh, Vladimir, Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Kursk, Moscow, Novgorod, Orel, Smolensk, Tver, Penza, Rostov, Ryazan, St. Petersburg, Samara, and Ulyanovsk regions.
RUB 90,000 was allocated to hold charity events for the pupils of the Izberbash Childrenís Home and the Caspian Childrenís Home and the Makhachkala Nursing Home. RUB 100,000 was allocated to the Foundationís Orel regional branch to hold an international competition of childrenís fine arts under the heading Where the Motherland Begins. RUB 50,000 was allocated for the creation of a ĎMemory and Sorrowí Memorial Museum in Vladikavkaz to perpetuate the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
As a part of a project titled Russian Space, more than RUB 415,000 was spent to produce 2,452 educational sets of multimedia interactive training and development aids for the Moscow International School in Antalya, schools with in-depth study of the Russian language in the Slovak Republic, and Tishreen University in Latakia (Syria) and to buy gift books in Russian.
RUB 45,000 was allocated for the production of posters for a ĎGagarinís Smileí exhibition held as part of the Ironic Graphics Festival (Bulgaria) and an exhibition titled Cartoonists Against Terrorists, held in Munich, Germany. RUB 100,000 was allocated for the publication of an English-Russian and Russian-English dictionary of Christian terminology. More than RUB 93,000 was allocated for the production of memorable prizes (diplomas) for the winners of a review contest of the websites of overseas coordination councils of Russian compatriots.
As in previous years, the Russian Peace Foundation organized recreational holidays for children from disadvantaged families in North Ossetia and the Moscow region in the Gorki International Camp for Peace (Moscow region). For this activity, more than RUB 282,000 was allocated.
In 2016, more than RUB 977,000 was spent to implement the ďPeopleís MemoryĒ programme.
On May 5, 2016, the Foundation held a charity concert in the Chamber Hall of the Moscow International House of Music, dedicated to the 71st anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, given by the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra and young winners of national and international contests for Moscow and Moscow regionís veterans of war and labour, as well as pupils of musical schools. More than RUB 400,000 was allocated to prepare and give the concert.
RUB 75,000 was allocated to the Foundationís branch in Penza for the implementation of a regional programme titled ďChildren of WarĒ; RUB 90,000 was allocated to the Tomsk regional branch for the implementation of a regional programme titled ďPeopleís MemoryĒ; RUB 100,000 to the Ivanovo branch to hold an event titled ďVeteranĒ, and to fund a search expedition to be carried out by Search youth association, and to publish a book titled With Peace and Love from Dieter Strok; RUB 80,000 to the Moscow Region branch to hold an action titled With Love to Russia at the Great Patriotic War Museum on Poklonnaya Hill, dedicated to the Victory Day; RUB 80,000 to the Rostov branch to organize a trip for the Privolzhye National Ensemble as the winners of a festival competition titled It is the Song that leads us to Victory! to participate in the ĎConstellation of Culturesí international competition festival.
RUB 50,000 was spent to manufacture a bust of French pilot Marcel Lefevre who was a Hero of the Soviet Union. RUB 25,000 was spent to create a documentary film devoted to the Second Special Infantry Regiment of the Expeditionary Corps of the Russian Imperial Army.
More than RUB 4 million was spent to implement the ďChildren of RussiaĒ programme.
The Foundation continued implementing the ďChildren on RoadsĒ charitable project with the aim of raising public awareness of the problem of ensuring childrenís safety on roads. As part of the project, ďfireflyĒ light reflectors were distributed to children.
RUB 200,000 was allocated to organize a trip for the AQUA show group to the ďFrom the Volga to the YeniseiĒ International Contest Festival (Kazan); RUB 120,000 for the production of memorable souvenirs for participants of the ďFrom the Volga to the YeniseiĒ Contest Festival; RUB 100,000 to organize of the holiday of the Nativity of Christ and to purchase gifts for the pupils of the Childrenís Social and Rehabilitation Centre of the Holy and Benign Grand Duke Dimitry Donskoy in Kolomna; RUB 35,000 to organize a charity marathon in support of children suffering from tuberculosis; RUB 50,000 to organize a Christmas party for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome in the ďEkiyatĒ Theatre in Kazan; and RUB 100,000 for the purchase of wheelchairs for disabled children.
RUB 50,000 was allocated to the Foundationís Ivanovo branch to purchase gifts for the International Childrenís Day for the pupils of the Ivanovo Childrenís Home and to implement a project titled Letís Help Preparing the Child for School; RUB 50,000 to the Dagestan branch to organize a festive concert dedicated to the International Childrenís Day for pupils of the Caspiysk Childrenís Correction House with the presentation of memorable gifts; RUB 50,000 to the Orel branch to organize a contest of childrenís drawings titled Where the Motherland Begins; RUB 60,000 to the Tambov branch for providing assistance to regional orphanages; and RUB 60,000 to the Magadan branch to implement a regional programme titled Kolyma Children.
On October 17, 2016, a charity rock musical titled We Are the Same Blood was held in the Auditorium of the Moscow International House of Music for children from low-income and large families in Moscow and the Moscow region as part of a project titled Childrenís Mowgli Creative Marathon with the participation of students of the Vortex Drama School of Contemporary Dance. More than RUB 1,370,000 was allocated for the implementation of the project.
In May 2016, the Foundation hosted in Moscow the winners of childrenís art competitions that had been held in the Samara region (54 persons). More than RUB 256,000 was allocated to pay for the accommodation, transportation, and the provision of an excursion programme for the children. RUB 300,000 was allocated to organize summer recreation for orphans and children from low-income families in the Republic of Dagestan.
Within the framework of a Russian-American project titled The Russian Initiative, the Foundationís Kursk regional branch received a special contribution from the US United Methodist Church (more than RUB 1,089,000) for the implementation of joint humanitarian programmes to help orphans.
For the implementation of the programme ďCareĒ the Russian Peace Foundation spent more than RUB 2,908,000.
The Foundation puts a special focus on providing humanitarian assistance to residents of South-Eastern Ukraine. Surgical apparatus, a helium compressor, microscopes, a recirculator-irradiator, and sets of medical instruments, all worth more than RUB 1,145,000, were donated to the Donetsk Republican Traumatology Centre.
RUB 100,000 was allocated for the preparation of claims to the European Court of Human Rights from residents of South-Eastern Ukraine who had suffered from illegal actions of the Ukrainian authorities.
RUB 100,000 was allocated to publish sets of books titled Atlas of Perception of Illustrations for children of preschool and primary school age who suffer from visual impairment.
RUB 100,000 was allocated to purchase medical equipment for the Belgorod Disabled Childrenís Care Home in the Republic of Crimea. RUB 115,000 was allocated to provide assistance to the Social Rehabilitation Centre for Minor Children located in Telchye Village of the Mtsensk District, Orel Region.
More than RUB 198,000 was allocated for the purchase of a washing machine for the Sevastopol Care Home for the Elderly and Disabled. RUB 50,000 was allocated for the implementation of a charity event titled Miracles Must Happen.
RUB 300,000 was allocated to the Medical Science and Education Centre of Moscow State University for the implementation of projects to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of citizens.
The Foundation allocated more than RUB 145,000 to implement regional programmes to help veterans and socially vulnerable citizens and to hold charity events dedicated to the International Day of† Older persons in St. Petersburg and in the Krasnodar, Ivanovo, Samara, and Tambov regions.
The Foundation traditionally continued cooperation with non-governmental and public organizations in foreign countries with a view to implementing joint humanitarian, charitable, ecological, cultural, youth, and other programmes and projects.
More than RUB 22,309,000 was spent to implement the Foundationís ďInternational CooperationĒ programme in 2015.
In 2016, representatives of the Foundation took an active part in the meetings of the UN ECOSOC and in the Conference of International Non-governmental Organizations of the Council of Europe.
In November 2016, a representative of the Foundation took part in the work of the Russian official delegation to the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly as a public expert. Representatives of the Foundation took an active part in the sessions of the UN Council on Human Rights and in the OSCE Meetings to Review the Implementation of Human Dimension Commitments.
RUB 240,000 was allocated for the implementation of the humanitarian project Austria and Russia Ė A Single Historical Space.
RUB 450,000 was allocated to organize and hold the International Conference on Restoration of Historical Facts in Connection with the Tragic Events of 1916 in Kyrgyzstan.
As part of the Russian Peace Foundationís project Russian Space, more than RUB 19,480,000 was allocated to repair the Chekhov School with in-depth study of the Russian language and literature in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, and to equip it with furniture, computers, projectors, office and musical equipment, and educational and methodical manuals. In September 2016, the opening ceremony was attended by the foreign ministers of Russia and Kyrgyzstan.
More than RUB 1,184,000 was allocated to organize a training seminar for Slovak students studying the Russian language at the Voronezh State Pedagogical University.
More than RUB 180,000 was allocated to purchase books for the library of the Institute of Foreign Languages of Tishreen University in Latakia (Syria). RUB 50,000 was allocated to provide help to orphans and children left without parental care in the Republic of South Ossetia.
To popularize the Russian language abroad and to strengthen the humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Bulgaria, and in accordance with the Agreement on Cooperation with the Bulgarian Russophili National Movement, the Russian Peace Foundation received a group of winners of the Bulgarian national contest titled You Cannot Stifle an Eternal Flame in Moscow in August 2016. For this activity, more than RUB 157,000 was allocated.
In February, July, and October 2016, the Foundation hosted a group of winners in the All-Slovak Olympiad of the Russian Language and a group of winners in the Photo Contest Our Common Victory in Moscow. To host the groups, more than RUB 595,000 was allocated.
More than RUB 122,000 was allocated to the Ivanovo branch to organize an international youth forum titled We Vote for Peace and an international exhibition titled The World of Senses.
In October 2016, a delegation of the Council of Europe, headed by Chairman of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe Anna Rurka, visited Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Peace Foundation. Together with the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, a round table titled Twenty Years of Russian Membership in the Council of Europe: Prospects of Cooperation and Participation of Russian NGOs in the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organizations was held.
In 2016, as in previous years, the Foundation continued to implement the peace-making programme ďPeace and YouthĒ (more than RUB 73,057,000 was spent on this activity).
RUB 67 million was allocated to implement the Foundationís socially important and charitable projects: a musical and educational project for children and youths titled The Music of Childrenís Hearts and the Childrenís Mowgli Creative Marathon, as well as to provide information support for the projects.
On February 10, 2016, the Foundation gave a charity concert at the Pushkin State Museum with the participation of the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra and laureates of international and national competitions.
To organize and hold the 11th All-Russian Festival of Childrenís and Youth Creativity, titled I Love You, Russia, RUB 250,000 was allocated.
More than RUB 855,000 was allocated to give master classes and to produce the settings for a charity performance, a rock musical titled We Are the Same Blood. More than RUB 400,000 was allocated to organize and hold a charity concert titled The Musical Opening Day in the State Pushkin Museum; RUB 40,000 was allocated to hold a musical historical and literary performance titled Letís Give Our Soulís Inspiration to the Motherland jointly with the Aram Khachaturian Childrenís Music School in the State Pushkin Museum on November 4, 2016.
More than RUB 830,000 was allocated to buy non-exclusive copyright for educational publications on the Russian language from the Enlightenment Publishing House, to be granted to the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavonic University. RUB 60,000 was allocated to hold a photographic competition titled PhotoBRICS.
In 2016, the Russian Peace Foundation continued to implement The Sunny in the Palm of My Hand charitable project to support the Childrenís ĎGiantí Variety Choir. As part of the project, RUB 250,000 was allocated to organize and hold a concert titled We Weren't Born Yesterday in the Concert Hall on Novy Arbat.
RUB 215,000 was allocated to organize an international festival for winners of the contest Peace in Our Home at the Peace Camp in the Orel Region for children from South Ossetia, Vietnam, and the Orel region.
RUB 170,000 was allocated to the Foundationís Kaliningrad branch to implement the regional programme Peace and Youth and the International Festival of National Cultures The Baltic necklace; RUB 80,000 was allocated to the Kurgan branch to organize and hold the Peace and Friendship Camp 2016; RUB 80,000 was allocated to the Perm regional branch for the implementation of the project Dialogue of Generations; RUB 80,000 was allocated to the Ivanovo branch for the presentation of the book With Peace and Love from Dieter Stork and the implementation of the regional programme Peace and Youth; RUB 50,000 was allocated to the Dagestan branch for the implementation of the project Sport: the Ambassador of Peace.
To support talented Russian youth in sharing the values of the United Nations, RUB 2,500,000 was allocated to organize and hold the Moscow International Model of the United Nations and to fund the participation of the winners of a grant competition from Russian regions in it.
Under the national ďPeace and CultureĒ programme, the total expenditures amounted to more than RUB 6,898,000.
Together with the Public Chamber, the Foundation held a national photo contest titled Letís Rest in Russia, in which contestants from 30 Russian regions took part. To organize the photo contest, RUB 130,000 was allocated.
More than RUB 600,000 was allocated to buy prizes for winners and participants of master classes in the framework of the Foundationís ďRussian SpeechĒ project. RUB 300,000 was allocated to implement the educational project ďStepsĒ. RUB 1 million was allocated to create and install a sculptural composition dedicated to Russian and Soviet soldiers in Slovenia.
RUB 100,000 was allocated to the Ivanovo branch for the implementation of the ďRussian CuisineĒ project in the Town of Onfler (France).
The Russian Peace Foundation traditionally pays special attention to cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church and other religious denominations in the spiritual revival of Russia. The Foundation and its branches implement projects to open Sunday schools at Orthodox churches and support orthodox gymnasiums.
More than RUB 3,820,000 was allocated to the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra, the Church of St. Dmitry Solunovsky the Great Martyr (Dmitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk Region), for the construction of the St. Nicholas Temple at Dedurovka Village of the Orenburg Diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate, for the rehabilitation of the Kiltovo Cross Exaltation Convent and the parish building of the Sunday School of the Transfiguration Church at Gamovo Village, Perm Krai, to repair the roof of the Holy Vvedensky Tolga Monastery, to rehabilitate the Bobrenev Virgin Maryís Delivery Monastery (Moscow Region), the Epiphany Convent of the Rybinsk Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin at Stary Kovyliai Village (the Republic of Mordovia), the Temple of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the Krapivniki District of Moscow, the Nikolka Orthodox Childrenís Accompaniment Centre at the Cathedral in Honour of the ďAll the SorrowfulĒ Icon of the Mother of God of the Perm Metropolia of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Mariushka Family Centre at the Temple of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called of the Perm and Kungur Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, and to carry out restoration works on the façades of the St. Ascension Novo-Nyametsky Kitskan Monastery (Transnistria) and the Znamensky Church in Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl Region.
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Hundreds of activists are involved in the Foundationís activities. Branches of the Foundation operate in 47 regions of Russia.
On November 10, 2016, an extended meeting of the Board of the Russian Peace Foundation was held in accordance with the Foundationís Statute, at which the Foundationís Board and Audit Commission reported on their activities during the year, and major programmes and projects in the Foundationís priority areas of action for 2017 were approved together with their budgets.
An independent audit of the financial and economic activities of the Russian Peace Foundation was carried out, and the compliance of the Foundationís accounting procedures with the laws of the Russian Federation was checked.
The Russian Peace Foundation carries out charitable and humanitarian programmes using its own funds, including targeted charitable donations from Russian organizations and individuals.
Information on the Russian Peace Foundation and on the implementation of its national and regional programmes, as well as relevant news, is widely posted on the Foundationís website (www.peacefond.ru).
The activities of the Russian Peace Foundation were covered in the newspapers Izvestia, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Parliamentary Gazette, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, and Argumenty Nedeli. The Foundationís actions were also covered by the news agencies RIA-Novosti and ITAR-TASS, as well as by radio stations Radio Rossii, Vesti FM, and others. Additionally, television reports on the Foundationís national programmes were broadcast by such TV channels as Russia 1, Russia 24, Channel One, Mir, OTR, Culture, and TV Centre. Central and regional media abundantly covered the peacekeeping and charitable actions of the Foundation and its branches.
Chairman of the Board
The Russian Peace Foundation, an international NGO
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