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Tuesday 30 May

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Protection of national minorities

The Center for Interethnic Cooperation aims to support the efforts of national minorities to solve the problems facing their nationality. The main problem, as surveys conducted by the Center for Interethnic Cooperation show, is the discrimination of people on ethnic grounds. The basic strategy of the Center for Interethnic Cooperation is to help national associations to successfully protect the rights of representatives of that nation.

In Russia, due to historical reasons, national associations are poorly developed. The majority of them do not have their own premises, office equipment, website, employees, etc. The leaders of these associations usually consider their main duty to hold national celebrations and concerts.

In order to enable the national associations to effectively protect the right of their representatives, the Center for Interethnic Cooperation held for the leaders of these associations conferences, seminars and trainings in Anapa, Astrakhan, Arkhyz, Volgograd, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Orenburg, Omsk, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Pyatigorsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, St. Petersburg, Saratov, Sochi, Stavropol, Smolensk, Tolyatti, Chapayevsk, Yaroslavl, London, Amsterdam, Milan, Yerevan and on Malta.

The main objectives of these activities were:



  1. Acquaintance with the Russian and international mechanisms for the protection of national minorities

  2. Teaching the methods of negotiations with authorities

  3. Teaching cooperation with other national civil society organizations, in particular interaction within the framework of the network of national organizations

  4. Teaching methods of interaction with the mass-media


The Center for Interethnic Cooperation held press-conferences for journalists in Moscow and ten other regions of Russia to discuss the problems of national minorities.

The Director of the Center for Interethnic Cooperation wrote letters to the President and the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the ministries of Internal Affairs, of Foreign Affairs and Regional Development, to governors of 30 regions of Russia to solve problems with which the representatives of national minorities were faced.