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Total of 324 million roubles will be allocated from the federal budget in 2006 for assistance to Russians abroad
A total of 324 million roubles will be allocated from the federal budget in 2006 for assistance to Russians abroad, Georgy Vlaskin, deputy head of the information department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said here on Monday. Speaking in Astana at the 8th World Congress of the Russian Press, he reminded that at present “the numerical strength of the Russian diaspora in the world is 26-30 million, with 15-16 million living in the CIS member countries.” “Some 60 percent of that sum will be spent directly in the countries, where our compatriots live, and will be put to use through Russian embassies and consulates-general,” Vlaskin continued. “The rest of the money will be spent on the purchase and sending to the countries, which have Russian diasporas, of text books, reference books and fiction, the organisation of courses for teachers from the schools with tuition in Russian for the improvement of their professional skill, the holding of contests for schoolchildren and other activities in the interests of the Russian diaspora.” “The support for Russians living abroad, as well as an active and profound dialogue with the expanding Russian-speaking community abroad is one of the priority directions of the foreign policy of modern Russia,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman continued. “Some 300 million people the world over read newspapers and journals in Russian. There are some 1,000 Russian-speaking publications, TV channels and radio broadcasting stations in about 80 countries.”
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