World Russian People’s Council to open in Moscow

25/05/2010

The World Russian People’s Council will open in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss issues related to national education and juvenile justice, a Russian Orthodox Church spokesman said.

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will lead the council, which is due to close on Wednesday.

The participants of discussions are to consider the role of teachers in Russian society, the importance of the Soviet Union’s victory in the Second World War, as well as interethnic relations in schools and higher educational establishments.

Chaplin said the use of physical force by parents bringing up children should be limited.

“When is it justified and when not?” he asked rhetorically.

The World Russian People’s Council has existed since 1993. It is one of the biggest international public forums playing an important part in forming Russia’s civil society.

Top officials, leaders of political parties and public associations, clergymen, military and culture figures, youth and Russian delegates from other countries have traditionally attended the council’s sessions.

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