30 November 2018

First Session of Russian-Armenian Lazarev Club

November 30th and December 1st, Yerevan hosted the first meeting of the Russian- Armenian Lazarev Club. Prominent Armenian and Russian politicians and academics gathered at the event to discuss the current challenges faced by the region as well as military and political cooperation.

The Lazarev Club was named after the famous family of Armenian philanthropists, who founded the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages. The club was created as a platform for the interaction of the civil societies of both countries. MGIMO was one of the founders of the club, and the platform’s initial appeal to the citizens of both countries, inciting them to reinforce their interaction and develop mutual trust between their governments, was signed by MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov.

The goal of this club is indeed to encourage the civil societies on both sides to develop their own initiatives to support bilateral public dialogue, establish business contacts, reinforce cultural interaction, make suggestions to policy makers regarding bilateral and multilateral relations, organize joint scientific events and a lot more.

MGIMO was represented at the club’s first meeting by its Vice-Rector for Legal and Administrative Issues Sergey Shitkov, who conveyed Anatoly Torkunov’s kind regards and gave a talk on territorial integrity and the right to self-determination.

— See the MGIMO web-site for more photos and russian version