About 30 million of Russian compatriots live abroad. This is one of the largest diasporas in the world. Despite living abroad in another system of values, our fellow countrymen keep in touch with their historical homeland. Moreover, their children learn and love the Russian language, culture and traditions.
Russian compatriots are transmitters of Russian culture, values, language, intermediaries of humanitarian ties and relations between Russia and foreign countries.
In cooperation with compatriots’ organizations, Rossotrudnichestvo actively conducts various joint activities for people who feel their belonging to Russia, and makes every effort to develop friendly relations between countries.
Rossotrudnichestvo implements the Program of Work with Compatriots Living Abroad in the area of supporting compatriots’ public associations, addressing cultural, linguistic and spiritual needs of Russian compatriots abroad, helping young people of the Russian diaspora.
Every year Rossotrudnichestvo holds events dedicated to the Day of National Unity and the Russian Language Day, art festivals, sports tournaments, thematic competitions, evenings devoted to memorable dates of Russian history and culture.
Rossotrudnichestvo supports the activities undertaken by the entities of the Russian Federation.
One of the major events of the Program is the organization of "Hello, Russia!" educational trips to historical places of the Russian Federation. Every year, about 1,000 young compatriots, having won competitions on knowledge of Russian history, culture and language, visit Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kazan.
Rossotrudnichestvo cooperates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in helping protect the rights and legitimate interests of our compatriots, through the Fund for the Support and Protection of the Rights of Compatriots Living Abroad. The Agency also participates in the activities of the Government Commission on the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad, including provision of comprehensive information support to the Commission.
The activities of Rossotrudnichestvo in the sphere of cooperation with and consolidation of compatriots aim at strengthening links with the historical Motherland, supporting and preserving the national cultural heritage, ethnic and cultural identity, developing and disseminating the Russian language and culture abroad.