World Congress of Russian Compatriots Opens in St. Petersburg
The fourth World Congress of Russian Compatriots opens in St. Petersburg on Friday. This year's congress will focus on consolidation and the strengthening of relations of the Russian community with historic homeland, the organizing committee told ITAR-TASS.
Delegates will exchange opinions on prospects for the implementation of the state program to support voluntary resettlement of compatriots residing abroad to Russia. Plenary sessions will place focus on main areas of cooperation with compatriots, including preservation of ethnic and cultural identity, legal support and stronger ties with civil society institutions in countries of their residence.
St. Petersburg's Tauride Palace that will host the congress will demonstrate an exhibition covering the city government's policy in relation to compatriots residing abroad and photo exhibition Dancing St. Petersburg.
The congress is expected to bring together over 500 heads and activists of compatriots associations and outstanding representatives of the Russian community from 94 CIS and non-CIS countries. Representatives of legislative and executive bodies, non-governmental organizations and cultural, educational and religious institutions were also invited to the congress.