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Roundtable on Russkiy Mir in Bulgaria

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Roundtable on Russkiy Mir in Bulgaria


11.12.2008

On December 4, the Russkiy Mir Foundation conducted a roundtable on “Russkiy Mir in Bulgaria” as part of the XXVII Sofia International Book Fair.

The participants in the event included members of non-governmental organizations: Forum Bulgaria-Russia, Federation of Friendship with Peoples of Russia and CIS, “Stable Development for Bulgaria”, National Movement “Russophiles”,  Association of Russianists of Bulgaria, Union of Bulgarian Journalists. Agreements have been signed with the Plovdiv University Paisy Hilendarsky and the Vanensky Free University of Khrabr to create Russian Centers.

The roundtable focused on practical issues of strengthening the interaction between the two countries’ humanitarian non-governmental organizations, the activities of which are aimed at preserving Slavic culture and language studies.

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