Director of Foreign Ministry Crisis Management Center Teaches MGIMO Diplomatic Module

Director of Foreign Ministry Crisis Management Center Teaches MGIMO Diplomatic Module

20 February 2019

February 20th, in the framework in the University’s Diplomatic Module, Vladimir Tarabrin, Director of the Crisis Management Centre at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave a lecture on how the security of Russian Citizens is ensured abroad.

The guest was greeted and introduced to the audience by Yuri Raikov, Professor at the Department of Diplomacy, who noted that Vladimir Tarabrin is an experienced diplomat having worked on many different projects within the Foreign Ministry.

The Director of the Crisis Management Centre noted that his department was established as recently as 2013, and as such is one of the youngest in the Ministry. The guest described the main tasks of the centre: monitoring social and political tensions, foreseeing riots, armed conflicts, terrorist threats and natural disasters which could affect Russian Citizens abroad. Experts of the Department report on these threats on a daily basis and are involved in evacuation activities when the need arises. The work is rewarding but also demanding with the Department working around the clock seven days a week.

The guest described the program used by the Department, which allows to simultaneously process around five thousand sources and scans the press for media reports relating to Russian citizens abroad. Vladimir Tarabrin also mentioned a mobile application, which Russian Citizens can download for free and which informs the Foreign Ministry about their localization, thus aiding their evacuation in case of emergency. The guest took questions from the audience and invited the students to undergo internships at the Foreign Ministry.

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