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The Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world" was created in 2006 under the leadership of Evgeny Maksimovich Primakov and Mintimer Sharipovich Shaimiev after the Russian Federation joined the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as the observer.
The Group held meetings in Moscow, Kazan, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kuwait. With the welcome message the Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin addressed each meeting of the Group of Strategic Vision.

 

The Group consists of 33 famous statesmen and public figures from 27 Muslim states, including the former prime ministers, the former Ministers of Foreign Affairs, a number of the largest theologians of the Islamic East from Indonesia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, and many others.

 

In the conditions of trust and frankness the most acute crucial issues of the international relations, situations in the Middle East and, naturally, a complex of the relations between Russia and the states of the Islamic East were discussed at the meetings.

 

Activity of the Group received a wide positive resonance in many Muslim countries.

 

At the meeting in Kuwait in December, 2009 the decision on creation of the Secretariat of the Group in Moscow, which did not manage to be executed because of the events connected with "Arab spring" though the Secretariat was registered as the legal entity under the name of "Strategic Partnership with the Islamic World" was made.

 

In 2014 Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin made the decision on renewal of activity of the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world", having assigned the duties of its chairman to the President of Tatarstan Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov, and Evgeny Maksimovich Primakov remained its Honorary Chairman up to his death.

 

On June 11-12, 2015 in Moscow the meeting of the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world" in took place the updated format.

 

The meeting was held by the chairman of the group, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Iyad Madani, the state and religious figures, diplomats, scientists from Russia and a number of the Islamic countries participated in a meeting.

 

In 2016, from May 25 to May 28, the Group held a meeting in Kazan. Together with the Russian experts the state and public figures from 30 countries of the Middle East participated in it.

 

 

Years 2015-2016 were marked by important events for the Group of strategic vision "Russia - Islamic world".

 

On October 5-6, 2015 in Moscow in “Volynskoe” Congress Park the international forum of Muslim religious figures took place. It brought together not only Russian ulema representatives, but the ones of a number of the leading Muslim states.

 

On December 8-9, 2015 there took place the first international journalistic forum "Journalists of the Muslim Countries against Extremism", and the second international journalistic forum "Journalists of the Muslim Countries against Extremism" took place on April 20-21, 2016.

 

 

Also within activity of the Group several editions were released and presented. It is a book by the famous Lebanese public figure, a member of the group Wassim Kaladzhiya "the Eurasian Russia: time of the President Putin", collection of literary works of Evgeny Primakov, a book by the mufti of North Ossetia, a member of the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia-Islamic world", Hadzhimurat Gatsalov "Russia and Islam: at the tip of the spear", a book by the former secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the deputy of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu "Islamophobia: from confrontation to cooperation: forthcoming tasks".

 

On April 27, 2017 the Group of Strategic vision "Russia - Islamic world" held the third international forum "Journalists of the Muslim Countries against Extremism" which took place in Moscow at “President-Hotel”.

 

 

On May 16 — 18, 2017 in the Chechen Republic the III annual meeting of the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world" took place, 34 foreign delegates and 23 representatives of the Russian Federation took part in it.

 

 

The President of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Chairman of Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world" Rustam Minnikhanov, the Governor of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, the Coordinator of the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world" Veniamin Popov, the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and the Head of the Republic of Dagestan Ramazan Abulatipov participated in the opening ceremony of the meeting. A telegram of the head of the State Vladimir Putin was read by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the special representative of the President of Russia on the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov.

 

 

On August 17-19, 2017 in Bishkek the meeting of the international forum of writers and intellectuals "Aytmatovsky readings: dialogue of cultures" organized by the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world" took place under the chairmanship of the President of Tatarstan Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov.

 

 

International forum of writers and intellectuals "Aytmatovsky readings: dialogue of cultures" brought together on the famous cultural figures, writers and philosophers from Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Egypt, China, Oman, Syria, Libya, Palestine, Jordan and Morocco. The forum is held within implementation of the reached agreements between presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev and the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.

 

Coordinators of the Group Veniamin Popov, the member of the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world", the correspondent of RAS, the academician, the Research supervisor of Institute of oriental studies of RAS Vitaly Naumkin, the Special envoy the MFA of Russia, the member of the Group of Strategic Vision "Russia - Islamic world" Konstantin Shuvalov, professor, the Director of Institute of the international researches of IIS of MGIMO MFA of Russia Alexander Orlov, professor of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, the leading researcher of the Center of the Arab and Islamic researches  of OI of RAS Alexander Yakovlev and many others took part in presentation of a book of Alexey Sarabyev "Christians of the Middle East. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow?", which was carried out by the Group of strategic vision "Russia - Islamic world" on September, 14 in the Russian Council for the International affairs.

 

Presentation of a book "Christians of the Middle East. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow?". Photo report

 

In January, 2018, in the Russian Council for the International Affairs, the Group of strategic vision "Russia - Islamic world" held a presentation of a book "Nasser's Pyramid. President and his time"of the famous Russian diplomat and orientalist Andrey Glebovich Baklanov.

 

 

The publication of the book and its presentation are coincided with the 100th anniversary of one of the best-known and bright Arab political figures of the middle of the XX century — the president of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser.

 

To watch the photoblog: Presentation of the book of Andrey Baklanov "Nasser's Pyramid. President and his time" ≥≥≥

 

On March 23-24, 2018 in Istanbul the international round table "Cultural interaction — Chinghiz Aitmatov's heritage" took place. The organizers of a meeting were the Group of strategic vision “Russia - Islamic world" with assistance of the International center for studying of Islamic history, art and culture (IRCICA) and the Writers' Union of Turkey. This event became a part of the festive activities coincided with the 90 anniversary of the outstanding writer of the present.

 

The international round table "Cultural interaction — Chinghiz Aitmatov's heritage". Photo report ≥≥≥

 

On April 23-24 in Yalta IV international media forum "Journalists of the Muslim Countries for Partnership of Civilizations" took place. More than 60 journalists from Russia, Albania, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, the UAE, Jordan, Morocco participated in a meeting.

 

IV international media forum "Journalists of the Muslim Countries for Partnership of Civilizations". Photo report ≥≥≥

 

At a resent stage the emphasis in work of the Group was made on development of actions for further strengthening of long-term cooperation of Russia and the Islamic states, on coordination of joint efforts on fight against the international terrorism, on implementation of strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Muslim world.

 

For this purpose, steps on more intensive translation of books from Russian into Arab, Farsi, Turkish and other languages and relatively the translation of printing editions of various Muslim countries into Russian were discussed.

 

On November 12, 2018 in Makhachkala under the chairmanship of Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov the IV meeting of the Group of strategic vision "Russia - Islamic world", devoted to counteraction to extremism by means of education of youth took place.