The V Russian-Georgian meeting of young political scientists. In Grozny for the first time!

31 July 2015

Participants of the V Russian-Georgian meeting of young political scientists moved from Moscow to Grozny. It is the first visit to the Chechen Republic within this framework.


On July 30, the program was opened by a meeting with First Deputy Chairman of Chechen Head and Government Administration Dmitry Kashlyunov and Minister of Youth Affairs of the Chechen Republic Murat Tagiyev in the Youth Palace. The role of youth politics in social and economic development of Russia and Georgia was discussed at the meeting.


The political scientists agreed that a common concept of spiritual and moral education of modern youth serves as a unifier for both sides. The participants learnt about success of the Chechen Republic in developing this area, discussed a need for networking between youth entities in a bilateral format as well as issues of coordination and agreement on holding different projects in this field.


Then, Minister of National Policy, External Affairs, Press and Information of the Chechen Republic  Dzhambulat Umarov shared his opinion regarding concurrence of mentalities of Russian and Georgian people, their cultural interinfluence. According to him, the probability of causing dissention in such cooperation between our nations can be estimated at zero. The minister underlined that, despite absence of absolute understanding of the idea of “soft power” in Russia and serious attitude to modern media wars, the external propaganda, which is held through different media resources, has a destructive character.


After dinner at the roundtable, the participants discussed potential Eurasian and European options for Russia and Georgia, current state of mass conscience, attitude to Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian integration and burning issues of extremism, threats from the Islamic State and risks to the Caucasus. The working day ended with an open discussion, during which Russian and Georgian professionals analyzed dynamics of the Geneva Meetings and negotiations within the Karasin-Abashidze framework, provided their comments and recommendations on development of economic cooperation and infrastructure projects between Russia and Georgia.

The young experts also covered problems of humanitarian cooperation and public initiatives, shared their assessments in regards to potential of “soft power” for both states and ideas on accumulation of resources for successful implementation of that “soft power”.