The participants of the event were Vladimir Shelikhov, Deputy Head of the Federal Communications Agency; Svetlana Smirnova, Director of the Administrative Department of the RF Ministry of Education and Science, Chairperson of the Board of the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia; Josef Diskin, Chairman of the Commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on Harmonization of Interethnic and Interconfessional Relations; Mikhail Ipatov, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs of the Russian Federation; Evgueny Yeryomin, Head of the Department for Interaction with Religious Organisations of the Internal Politics Directorate at the RF Presidential Administration; Igor Bartsits, Director of the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA); Veronika Kravchuk, Head of the Chair for State and Confessional Relations of IPACS RANEPA, William Shmidt, Professor of the Chair for State and Confessional Relations of IPACS.
The design of the envelope features the fundamental documents in interconfessional, interethnic and civil relations. Among them are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 70 years ago, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights signed 50 years ago, the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities adopted 25 years ago, and the Federal Law of the Russian Federation on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations signed 20 years ago.
“The Federal Communications Agency and joint-stock company “Marka” give great attention to the subject of cultural and religious education of the public by releasing philatelic products. This envelope is an illustrative example of visualisation of the activities of the Russian Federation in the field of interconfessional and state and religious relations. The circulation of the envelope is 1 million copies. I am certain it will fly all over the world and will become a precious gift to Russia’s citizens and tourists”, said the Deputy Head of Rossvyaz.