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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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Petersburger Dialog

Petersburger Dialog (The Petersburg Dialogue) was founded in 2001 at the initiative of Vladimir Putin, President of Russia and Gerhard Schroeder, the Chancellor of Germany, as an open forum for the two nations to develop German-Russian relations.

The Forum’s main priority is

  • Increasing mutual understanding between Germany and Russia
  • Developing mutual cooperation in all social spheres
  • Broadening contacts between the two nations


The Forum’s major tasks include

1. Building a constructive dialogue between the representatives of all social spheres of the two countries as a solid foundation for cooperation irrelative of the current political situation;
2. Developing joint projects in different areas (economics, healthcare, culture etc.)

The Forum’s activity is organized as annual conferences hosted alternately in Germany and Russia, special meetings to discuss specific issues, and regular meetings of thematic working groups (Politics, Economics, Education and Science, Mass Media, Civic Society, the Church, A Workshop of the Future, Culture).

The Petersburg Dialogue is managed by Coordinating Committee – an independent and parity basis body. From 2001 to 2009 it was co-chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. On the German side, the Committee is co-chaired by former East Germany's prime minister Lothar de Maizière. Since 2010 co-chairman of the Forum’s Coordinating Committee has been Viktor Zubkov, first deputy of the prime minister of the Russian Federation.





On January 20, Joe Biden will be sworn in as America’s 46th President. The Soviet Union’s first president, Mikhail Gorbachev, has met with him on many occasions. In an interview with TASS, the ex-Soviet leader shared his opinion on the future of Russian-US ties under the new US head of state, the prospects of extending the New START deal, and the weight of speculation on “US hegemony” in world politics 20 January 2021
The past year 2020 proved to be a challenging one for the entire world due to the new coronavirus. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev spoke in an interview with RIA Novosti about the impact of the pandemic on his life, the outlook for international relations and his expectations of Joe Biden’s presidency. 13 January 2021

Gorbachev in the news media