Опубликовано: 21 February 2019 9:10

Experts of the Intercultural Cities programme of the Council of Europe visited Izhevsk

19-20 February 2019, Ivana D’Alessandro and Claire Louise Rimmer, experts of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities programme, visited Izhevsk.

In the capital of the Udmurt Republic, they visited the Saint Michael's Cathedral and the Izhevsk Cathedral Mosque, Kindergarten №112 and Gymnasium №56 (where the program of national education is implemented), the Museum of Fine Arts URMII and a sightseeing tour of the city.

A Round-table meeting was held at the Children's technology park Kvantorium, during which experts of the Council of Europe, representatives of the Izhevsk city Administration, the Migration Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Udmurt Republic, the Public Chamber of the city of Izhevsk and national cultural organizations discussed the development perspectives of Izhevsk.

The capital of the Udmurt Republic entered the Intercultural Cities programme in 2008, and to this day remains the only participant representing the Russian Federation.

In November 2018, within the framework of the 35th plenary session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Head of the city of Izhevsk, Oleg Bekmemetev, met with Ivana D’Alessandro, one of the experts of the Intercultural Cities programme. During the meeting, they discussed issues of further cooperation and enhancing the participation of Izhevsk in the programme.

“We have arrived in your city to get acquainted with the unique experience of implementing intercultural strategies in Izhevsk,” said Claire Louise Rimmer, an expert of the Intercultural Cities programme, during a Round-table meeting. - The main objectives of the programme that we present are building constructive and friendly relations between Europe and Russia, identifying problems common to different countries and ways to solve them, the absence of inter-ethnic and inter-confessional conflicts. In Izhevsk, national, educational and cultural institutions are actively working, there is an opportunity to learn the native language and languages of other nations in kindergartens and schools, people of different confessions and nationalities have common interests.

Mnatsakan Arakelyan, Chairman of the Armenian public organisation of the Udmurt Republic «Urartu», told the experts of the Council of Europe that in Izhevsk, in a multinational city, all conditions were created to preserve the identity of representatives of different nationalities, especially in the Friendship House of Nations, where the national-cultural public organizations can interact with each other.

Dmitry Chistyakov, Deputy Head of the Izhevsk Administration of Social Policy, thanked the experts of the Council of Europe for their cooperation and the opportunity to conduct a revision of the urban social and cultural resources in the framework of the Intercultural Cities programme.

- In the capital of the Udmurt Republic, the Consultative Council on inter-ethnic and inter-confessional relations has been created under the governance of the Head of the city of Izhevsk. Issues of migration, cultural dialogue, activities of national and cultural associations are discussed at its meetings. This is a wonderful experience of interaction between national diasporas and various confessions with the representatives of the city Authorities. And the participation of Izhevsk in the Intercultural Cities programme makes it possible once again to make sure that we all live here in peace and harmony, and we value this very much.


The Intercultural Cities programme of the Council of Europe and the European Commission has started in 2008. Now 136 cities from around the world participate in the programme. Such a high level of representativeness makes the programme a unique platform for the experience exchange.

In 2017, the city of Izhevsk underwent a secondary survey of the Intercultural Cities Index, which is a process of comprehensive assessment of important issues in city life in order to identify the level of implementation of intercultural strategies.

In 2018, the Administration of the city of Izhevsk received letters from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, expressing the official position of federal agencies, which noted the importance and significance of the project in the context of developing international cooperation, further interaction with participating cities around the world and promotion of a positive image of Russia in Europe.

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