On October 25, 2016, a round-table conference on Buddhism as a Factor in the Development of the Civil Society, Inter-confessional Peace and Accord in the Russian Federation was held at the Council of the Federation.
During its session held on 21 October 2016 and chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church considered a number of issues pertaining to the external church relations.
The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought on ‘Unity of Islam – Unity of Muslims: Foundations of Dialogue’ opened in Moscow on October 19, 2016.
On September 29, 2016, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, during his visit to Azerbaijan, visited the residence of the head of the Caucasus Muslim Board at his invitation.
On 29 September 2016, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk arrived in Baku to take part in the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum.
On 26-27 September 2016, the Joint Russian-Iranian Commission for Orthodoxy-Islam Dialogue held in Moscow its 10th meeting on Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation as Instruments for Achieving Lasting and Just Peace.
On September 26, 2016, the Russian-Iranian commission for the Orthodoxy-Islam dialogue has started its work at the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR), under the theme ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation as Instruments for Achieving a Lasing and Just Peace’.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of greetings to the participants in the 10th meeting of the Joint Russian-Iranian Commission for Orthodoxy-Islam Dialogue.
On 27 August 2016, a delegation of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) of the People’s Republic of China visited the St. Petersburg Theological Academy and after an excursion to the Laura of St Alexander Nevsky met with Metropolitan Amvrosy of Peterhof, rector of the Academy.
On 23 August 2016, the 5th session of the Russian-Chinese working group for contacts and cooperation in religious sphere was held at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.