Every year Rossotrudnichestvo and its foreign representative offices organize and host cultural, educational, scientific and methodological activities that are focused on promoting the Russian language and stimulating foreign citizens to study it, on supporting the national Russian language studies and improving the teaching of the Russian language in their host countries.
In 2011, our Agency was one of the initiators of a large-scale cultural and humanitarian event held on June 6 – the universal Russian Language Day, on the occasion of the birthday of Alexander Pushkin. The initiative was supported by the President of the Russian Federation.
Pursuant to the Request of the President of Russia from February 21, 2011 No. 446, Rossotrudnichestvo took an active role in organizing and holding the universal Russian Language Day overseas.
On June 6, 2011 the President of the Russian Federation signed a Decree to annually hold the Russian Language Day in order to "preserve, support and develop the Russian language as the national heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation, the means of international communication and an integral part of the cultural and spiritual heritage of the world civilization."
In 2012, at the venues of foreign representative offices and our partner organizations, with the support of the embassies of Russia, national ministries and national educational institutions more than 400 themed activities were held in 76 countries.
In 2013, more than 300 integrated events were held in 70 countries. More than 200 news agencies, print and electronic media agencies, leading television and radio channels have provided support in Russian and foreign languages for humanitarian activities devoted to the Russian Language Day in these countries.
In 2014, foreign representative offices of Rossotrudnichestvo will also hold integrated activities to celebrate the Russian Language Day, where among other things Rossotrudnichestvo will give out its departmental awards to about 150 national partners and partner organizations in the area of preserving and promoting the Russian language abroad.
In 2015, Russian Centres of Science and Culture abroad and some partner organizations held more than 500 the Russian language activities. 64 of them were complex activities such as science and practical conferences, methodical seminars for Russian language teachers, opened lessons, round tables, festivals of Russian poetry, theatre performances, literary and musical evenings, virtual excursions, demonstrations of modern and classical films, books of Russian publishers, poetic master classes and other.