A meeting with the participants of InteRussia fellowship programme on international relations

International Relations
The dialogue with foreign fellows of the first wave of 2023 was held in the Fund’s hall on 29 March. Sergey Orlov, Leading Specialist at the Gorchakov Fund, was the first to address the InteRussia participants:

"We are happy to see all the participants of the programme! I hope that today we will be able to provide you with all the information you are interested in regarding the Fund’s activities and our projects and initiatives in order to lay the foundation for future cooperation."

The welcome remarks to the fellows were also delivered by Sandra Stoilkovich, Domestic Programmes Coordinator at the Fund. She touched on the history of the organisation, main annual programmes and presented the areas of the Fund’s activities:

"We cooperate with research institutes, universities and non-governmental organisations abroad. Sadly enough, today many of our partners all over the world find themselves under the influence of the political agenda of their own countries. Nevertheless, they are willing to continue the joint work: to take part in our programmes and share their views, and we are open for dialogue with everyone!"

Leading Specialist at the Gorchakov Fund, Konstantin Pilipiliadi focused on the ability of InteRussia to dispel negative stereotypes about the Russian Federation:

"We need to overcome the difference in perception and anti-Russian rhetoric created by the media. Those who visit Russia for the first time have an opportunity to learn directly about the existence of a variety of society oriented programmes and options for bilateral and multilateral cooperation."

The fellows appreciated the opportunity to participate in the programme and to immerse themselves in the Russian academic environment. They also enquired about additional opportunities of expert mobility and cooperation with alumni of the other programmes of the Fund. The participants paid particular attention to the perception of Russia in the international arena and the dangers of rewriting history. They think that the fellowship offers them a chance to see the real picture and change the perception distorted by the media.

InteRussia is a traditional fellowship programme for foreign specialists and a joint project of the Gorchakov Fund, MGIMO University and Rossotrudnichestvo, which is also implemented as part of the ‘‘New Generation’’ programme.

The programme gives young scholars from all over the world an opportunity to carry out a scientific research under the guidance of the leading academic staff of MGIMO’s Institute for International Studies.