ECTR Round Table on Tolerance In Moscow


The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) held a round table meeting in Moscow on October 25, 2011. Russian and international experts discussed issues of paramount importance connected with the current status, aspects and promotion of tolerance in Europe and in Russia. The experts also touched on such topics as the boundaries of tolerance, nuclear tolerance and secure tolerance in order to prevent a clash of civilizations.

The round table meeting was attended by Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, ECTR Co-Chairman; Alexander Dynkin, Director at IMEMO of the Russian Academy of Sciences and fellow of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Vladimir Dvorkin, Professor and Principal Researcher at IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences; Mikhail Margelov, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Council of the Federation; Leonid Slutsky, Senior Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma; Yoram Dinstein, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Tel Aviv University; and Ireneusz Bil, ECTR Secretary General.

The ECTR’s initiative to establish a Centre for Tolerance and Security at a leading European university was also discussed. Following personal consultations with the President of the European Commission José Barroso and the European Commission, it was resolved to discuss the possibility to establish the Centre at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).

Closing the meeting, participants agreed to hold a large-scale conference on tolerance in Kazan (Russia) in 2012 to mark the International Day of Tolerance. Afterwards the ECTR delegation visited Kazan to discuss the details of the conference.