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DECR representatives take part in”Protecting the Future” International Conference

The 3rd “Protecting the Future” International Conference on Combating Xenophobia, Antisemitism, and Racism was held in Moscow on November 22-23, 2021. 

Attending the opening session with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), was Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), DECR deputy chairman. Yuri Kanner, President of the Russian Jewish Congress; Sergey Vershinin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Konstantin Kosachev, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation; Kairat Abdrakhmanov, OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities; and Vitaly Suchkov, head of the National Policy and Interregional Relations Department of Moscow City Government, were among the speakers. The first plenary session was followed by panels and youth sessions on preventing xenophobia, antisemitism, islamophobia, racism, their media coverage and influence on culture as well as the role of religious leaders in countering these kinds of intolerance.

The second plenary session on “Religious leadership and its influence on interethnic and interfaith tensions” was held in the evening of November 22 with Borukh Gorin, head of external relations department of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, as moderator. Rev. Dimitry Safonov, DECR secretary for interreligious relations and executive secretary of the Interreligious Council of Russia, presented a report on interreligious and peacemaking ministry of religious leaders. 

 On November 23, Archimandrite Philaret and Rev. Dimitry Safonov attended the round table of patrons and philanthropists on financing projects against xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism. The moderator was Viktor Vekselberg, consul of the Russian Jewish Congress for Combating Antisemitism and a member of the Bureau of the Presidium of the Congress.

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The Conference was organized by the Russian Jewish Congress with the support of the Moscow Government, the Federal Agency for Nationality Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and the World Jewish Congress. Attending the conference were religious leaders, experts, and state and public figures from forty countries of the world.

DECR Communication Service

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