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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

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1 октября 2015

Dialogues about Democracy. Series of Seminars for young people


Derived from the Greek word “demos”, translated as “people”, “Democracy” is a very familiar term, generally meaning government in which the supreme power is exercised by people. However, it should be admitted that this concept is often misused, misunderstood and given a variety of ambiguous interpretations. With the spread of the democratic values and principles, many countries have developed their own vision of democracy and established their own way to create an ideal democratic state. On the one hand it can be stated that some countries made a breakthrough to democracy, on the other hand it should not be forgotten that not all the attempts to turn an idea into reality resulted in success and victory of democratic values in the concrete society.
During the first seminar which took place in March, the participants discussed the general ideas and principles of democracy, their origins and developments as well as the forms of government in Germany and Russia. The second seminar aims to investigate the values of contemporary democracy. The objective of the third seminar will be examination of the democratic processes in Russia and Germany.
The target group of the seminars with participation of the experts in political science and sociology are the young people interested in political science and development of the civil society, as well as students studying the international relations and political science.
31 March 2015
“What is Democracy?”
Welcome by
Olga Zdravomyslova, Executive Director of the Gorbachev-Foundation
Claudia Crawford, Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Moscow
Workshop: Democracy in mind
Claudia Crawford, Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Moscow
Presentations: Political Systems: German and Russian Experience
Parliamentary Democracy in Germany
Tobias Zech, Member of the German Parliament
Presidential Republic in Russia
Vladimir Ryzhkov, politician, Chairman of the movement «Choice of Russia», in 1997-1999 First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, leader of the faction "Our Home - Russia"(1999)
Open Discussion
Concluding Remarks
23 June 2015
“Values, Political Ideas and Parties”
Welcome by
Olga Zdravomyslova, Executive Director, Gorbachev-Foundation
Claudia Crawford, Director, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Moscow
The Concept of Democratic Values  The Concept of Democratic Values.
Denis Volkov, Lewada Center, Russia
Democratic Values in the Programmes of the Political Parties
Franziska Fislage, Coordinator for the issues of democracy, political parties and society, KAS, Germany
Open Discussion
Concluding Remarks
29. September 2015
“Democratic Processes in Russia and Germany”
Welcome by
Olga Zdravomyslova, Executive Director, Gorbachev-Foundation
Claudia Crawford, Director, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Moscow
Democratic Processes and Development of Democracy in Russia
Dr. Andrej Ryabov, political scientist, Editor-in-chief of the magazine World Economy and International Relations
Democratic Processes and new Development of Democracy in Germany
Lukas Neuhaus, research staff member in the German Parliament
Open Discussion