Russkiy Mir Foundation

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"In June 2007 President Putin signed a decree establishing the Russkiy Mir Foundation, for the purpose of “promoting the Russian language, as Russia's national heritage and a significant aspect of Russian and world culture, and supporting Russian language teaching programs abroad.”

"The Foundation is a joint project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Science and supported by both public and private funds. The Russkiy Mir Foundation is headed by Vyacheslav Nikonov, Dean of History and Political Science at the International University in Moscow and founder of the Polity Foundation. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees consists of prominent Russian academics, cultural figures, and distinguished civil servants, and is chaired by Lyudmila Verbitskaya, Rector of St. Petersburg State University and Chair of the International Association of Russian Language and Literature Teachers (MAPRYAL). " [1]

Trustees [2]

  • Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Russkiy Mir Foundation -Ludmila Verbitskaya - President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL), President of St. Petersburg State University
  • Alexander Gogolevsky - Director of the Expert Center of St. Petersburg State University
  • Alexander Dzasokhov - Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO
  • Oleg Dobrodeyev - General Director, All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company
  • Vitaly Ignatenko - General Director, ITAR-TASS Russian News Agency
  • Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk - (Grigory Alfeev) Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations
  • Konstantin Kosachev - Head of Rossotrudnichestvo (Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation)
  • Vitaly Kostomarov - President of the Pushkin State Institute of Russian Language
  • Sergey Lavrov - Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Dmitry Livanov - Special representative of the president on trade and economic relations with Ukraine.
  • Vladimir Medinsky - Minister of Culture
  • Natalia Narochnitskaya - President of the Historical Perspective Foundation, director of the Paris office of the Russian Institute of Democracy and Cooperation
  • Vyacheslav Nikonov - State Duma Deputy
  • Mikhail Piotrovsky - Director of the State Hermitage Museum
  • Andrei Fursenko - Aide to the President of Russia
  • Vladimir Yakunin - Chairman of the Committee of Trustees of the Center of the National Glory of Russia and St. Andrew's Foundation


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  1. Russkiy Mir Foundation About, organizational web page, accessed August 23, 2017.
  2. Russkiy Mir Foundation Trustees, organizational web page, accessed August 23, 2017.