CIS Interstate Humanitarian Cooperation Fund outlines Caucasus
Anatoly Iksanov, new Executive Director of the CIS Interstate Humanitarian Cooperation Fund and ex-Head of the Bolshoi Theater, said that Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Russian republics of the North Caucasus were included in the annual plan.
The press conference organized for Iksanov’s appointment was attended by Polad Bulbulogly, Azerbaijani Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Russia, Mikhail Shvydkoy, co-chair of the board of the Fund, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for International Cultural Cooperation, Armen Smbatyan, Iksanov’s predecessor.
Shvydkoy noted that a new generation of staff was dominating the Fund and had other goals than their predecessors who had lived in the USSR. Iksakov was a figure with international authority and was suitable for the post.
Iksanov called for new fields of cooperation between people of culture. He said that contacts between those people will be minimal in about 5-7 years due to their age. Thus, one of the main targets of the Fund is young people of the CIS, Georgia and Baltic states.
Polad Bulbulogly emphasized that the new executive director of the Fund will base his work on humanitarian goals, not political interests.