On 21 February 2018, the Commission for International Cooperation of Russia’s Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations held its fourth session. The meeting which took place at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations was chaired by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the DECR.
The Interreligious Council in Russia has issued a statement on the attack made on February 18, 2018, against believers who were coming out of the St. George church in Kizlyar. As a result of the shooting opened by a criminal five women were killed and several people were wounded.
On 9 February 2018, the delegation of the Interreligious working group of Russia’s Presidental Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations completed its visit to Syria and Lebanon.
The visit of the interreligious delegation from Russia has attracted a broad attention of the Arab mass media. It members gave numerous interviews in intervals between meetings and held briefings to inform the mass media about the aims and tasks of their visit.
On 5 February 2018, the delegation of the Interreligious working group of Russia’s Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations continued its visit to Syria.
On February 4, 2018, the delegation of the interreligious working group under the Russian President’s Council carried out a major action for distribution of humanitarian aid to suffering people in Syria.
On 3 February 2018, a delegation of the Working Group for Rendering Aid to the People of Syria of Russia’s Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations began its visit to Syria and Lebanon, which will be completed on February 9.
A commemoration ceremony took place at the Jewish Museum and the Center of Tolerance in Moscow, devoted to the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and the complete lifting of the siege of Leningrad.
On 21 December 2017, an international forum entitled “2017 – Year of Islamic Solidarity: Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue” took place in the capital of Azerbaijan. The meeting was organized by the Caucasus Muslims Board with the assistance of the authorities of Azerbaijan.
The participants in the meeting discussed cooperation between the Interreligious working group and the Ministry of Awqaf of the Syrian Arab Republic.