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On March 20, 2024, a visiting meeting of the State Duma Committee on National Affairs was held at the State University of Management on the topic: “Interethnic friendship clubs in universities as an important instrument of national harmony and friendship.”

The meeting was chaired by Committee Chairman Gennady Semigin and moderated by Deputy Chairman Sergei Neverov.

Opening the meeting, Gennady Yuryevich thanked the State University of Management and its rector Vladimir Stroev for the provided platform. He noted that in the conditions of a hybrid war against Russia, our interethnic relations have shown stability and allow us to resolve issues at the front and in the rear. Nevertheless, the youth policy strategy requires the closest attention, since the blows are struck precisely at the most active category of youth – students.

State University Rector Vladimir Stroev delivered a welcoming speech to the audience, in which he noted that the topic under discussion was vitally important for the country. SUM is among the top ten Russian universities in terms of the number of budget places for foreigners, and accordingly, it faces issues of interethnic relations every day. These issues are quite successfully resolved through Interethnic Friendship Clubs. Vladimir Vitalievich recalled that at the meeting of Vladimir Putin with the leaders of political parties, the issue of interethnic relations was raised more than once, so we must be ready to solve them. The rector expressed the hope that SUM will be considered as a platform for discussing such issues and the university is ready to share its experience.

Gennady Semigin added that the President of Russia outlined the priority tasks of the state in the following order: victory in the Northern Military District, economic development, interethnic issue. That is, the topic under discussion is strategically important for the development of the state.

Sergei Neverov in his address pointed out that many students from other countries are faced with adaptation issues. And at the recent World Youth Festival in Sochi, Vladimir Putin said that its participants are very different in their appearance, but they are all united by traditional values. Youth organizations play a big role in promoting these values and accordingly helping foreigners adapt. Sergei Ivanovich noted that there are many interethnic youth clubs at SMU that are actively working. Representatives of 87 regions of Russia study at the university, so GUM is an excellent place for solving interethnic issues.

First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Nationalities Affairs Ildar Gilmutdinov continued the topic of clubs and noted that their work does not consist of meetings and conversations, but of specific events. As an example, he cited the day of national cuisine, which aroused great interest both among him and all the participants of the event. Ildar Irekovich presented the project documentation of the Association of Interethnic Student Associations and expressed hope for cooperation with all those present.

Chairman of the All-Russian public movement “All-Russian Interethnic Youth Union” Kantemir Khurtaev, said that the hybrid war against Russia is being waged, among other things, for dominance over the minds of youth, therefore the importance of systematic work with this category of citizens is extremely great. The speaker spoke about a recently conducted study of the work of Russian Interethnic Friendship Clubs, in which 294 universities took part. It revealed that only 47 such organizations are active in the country. Kantemir Ishakovic spoke about some of the major events of these clubs and noted that they are mainly national, and more adaptation events with interethnic communication are required. In addition, most of the activities carried out are episodic in nature. As the first steps in the work of the Association of Interethnic Student Associations, Kantemir Khurtaev proposed paying special attention to the regular and widespread celebration of such dates as Victory Day, National Unity Day, Solidarity Day in the fight against terrorism and others. He also made a proposal to sign a tripartite agreement between the State University of Ukraine, the All-Russian Interethnic Youth Union and the State Duma Committee on Nationalities.

State University Vice-Rector Pavel Pavlovsky told the audience about how State University came to the idea of creating Interethnic Friendship Clubs. It all started in 2016 with the Beacons of Friendship project, when project participants worked on Ossetian soil, beautified traditional architectural monuments, and local residents talked about their traditions and history, and treated them to national cuisine. All this cemented interethnic friendship in the most natural way. However, we cannot focus on food and creativity; we need to ensure that the children participating in such projects are involved in the work of the university in all areas. Their gradual involvement eventually made them a real force promoting the interests of the university and formed into Interethnic Friendship Clubs. Among other things, their task today is to create a positive information background, to counter isolated but high-profile negative events with numerous examples of positive events. For this purpose, cooperation between Interethnic Friendship Clubs and Rosmolodezh is important, and students will generate the content themselves.

General Director of the All-Russian public-state organization “Assembly of the Peoples of Russia” Alexander Darkovich told the audience that over the past year the Assembly opened its branches in all regions of Russia and launched a rating system that stimulates their work. He spoke about the events being carried out and noted that the main work is carried out precisely through the Interethnic Friendship Clubs, so the question of creating an organization uniting them is already ripe.

Chairman of the Council of Vice-Rectors for Youth Policy and Educational Activities Andrei Platonov drew the attention of those gathered to the importance of personnel issues in youth policy, and also pointed out the need for information work. He rightly noted that most students are not activists, so in the event of a difficult life situation, these guys do not know what to do and who to turn to, thus becoming easy prey for unscrupulous people. It is necessary to make sure that everyone knows that in such cases they should immediately address their problem to Interethnic Friendship Clubs and other youth organizations.

Director of the Department of Information Policy and Integrated Security of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science Andrei Tolmachev said that his department has been cooperating with the All-Russian Interethnic Youth Union for the third year. He got acquainted with the draft statutory documents of the Association of Interethnic Student Associations and came to the conclusion that they needed to be thoroughly revised. In this matter, he asked for help from the State Administration of Ukraine. As an example, Andrei Anatolyevich pointed out the excessive age limit for members of the Association. But in general, he has an extremely positive view of the idea of creating such an organization and, on behalf of his department, supports this endeavor.

At the end of the Committee meeting, its Chairman Gennady Semigin noted that the Committee does not interfere in any way with the creation of the Association, the choice of legal form and other issues, but can only support or not support the decision to create it. Gennady Yuryevich proposed to take the existing resolution as a basis, carefully finalize it and then adopt it at one of the future working meetings. Committee members voted in favor.

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