Russkiy Mir Foundation

Russkiy Mir Foundation
Founded2007 (2007)
FounderGovernment of Russia
TypeCultural institution
  • Headquartered in Moscow
Area served
ProductRussian cultural education
Key people
Vyacheslav Nikonov

Russkiy Mir Foundation (Russian: Фонд "Русский мир", literally "Russian World Foundation") was created by decree by Vladimir Putin in 2007, as a government-sponsored organisation aimed at promoting the Russian language worldwide, and "forming the Russian World as a global project",[1] co-operating with the Russian Orthodox Church in promoting values that challenge the Western cultural tradition.[2] The Foundation was modeled after similar culture promotion agencies, such as British Council and Goethe Institute.[3]

The founders the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The assets of the foundation come from the federal budget, voluntary property contributions and donations, and other legal sources. [4]

Some observers described the foundation as an instrument for projecting the Russian state's soft power.[5][2]


  1. ^ "About Russkiy Mir Foundation". Russkiy Mir Foundation. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Andis Kudors (2010). ""Russian World"—Russia's Soft Power Approach to Compatriots Policy" (PDF). Russian Analytical Digest. Research Centre for East European Studies. 81 (10). Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  3. ^ "How Moscow understands soft power". Russia Direct. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  4. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации о создании фонда «Русский мир»
  5. ^ Alexei Dolinsky (Mar 2, 2011). "How to Strengthen Soft Power?". Russkiy Mir Foundation. Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.

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