The Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and for International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) was established in September 2008 in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 1315 of September 6, 2008.
The head of Rossotrudnichestvo is Evgeny Alexandrovich Primakov.
The activities of Rossotrudnichestvo and its overseas institutions are aimed at implementing the state policy of international humanitarian cooperation, promoting the spread abroad of an objective view of modern Russia.
At present, Rossotrudnichestvo is represented in 80 countries by 97 representative offices: 73 Russian centers of science and culture in 62 countries, 24 representatives of the Agency as part of embassies in 21 countries.
The priority area of Rossotrudnichestvo activity is the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Agency actively interacts with international and regional organizations created by the Russian Federation together with the countries of the Commonwealth, develops and implements programs of assistance to the countries of the Commonwealth together with other departments, and carries out the development of federal target programs.
Rossotrudnichestvo pays special attention to work with youth. Annually in the framework of the program of educational trips to historical places of Russia “Hello, Russia!” and the program of short-term study tours to the Russian Federation of young representatives of the political, social, scientific and business circles of foreign countries “New Generation” almost 2,000 people come to Russia.
Presentation of the best achievements of multinational Russian culture is an effective tool for a positive perception of our country in the world. Rossotrudnichestvo conducts this work together with Russian departments and partner organizations.
Rossotrudnichestvo supports and promotes the Russian language abroad. Thousands of people are studying today in Russian language courses at Rossotrudnichestvo representative offices in many countries of the world. The agency creates the conditions for its practical application, as well as education in Russian.
Active work is underway to promote Russian education, the achievements of Russian science, and expand cooperation between educational institutions of partner countries. Annually, representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo participate in the selection of foreign students to Russian universities. Great attention is also paid to working with graduates of Russian (Soviet) universities, of which there are more than 500 thousand around the world.
An important area of the Agency's activities is work with compatriots abroad. Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, other ministries and departments, administrations of the regions of Russia, Rossotrudnichestvo takes a direct part in the work of the Government Commission on work with compatriots abroad, information support of the State program to facilitate the voluntary resettlement of compatriots in the Russian Federation.
In its activities, Rossotrudnichestvo also relies on close cooperation with the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, contributes to the maintenance and development of international contacts of Russian regions in the scientific, technical, cultural, economic fields, as well as in the field of education.
Work in the field of promoting international development (SMR) is carried out by Rossotrudnichestvo in accordance with the corresponding Concept (approved by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation on April 20, 2014 No. 259).
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