Worldview Attitudes, Political Orientations, and Civic Activism of Russian Youth were Discussed at RISS

The Worldview Attitudes, Political Orientations, and Civic Activism of Russian Youth round table took place on April 15th, 2021 at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies

This event became an integral part of the large-scale project named ‘Youth and Russia of the Futureʼ being implemented by the RISS together with the Federal Research Sociological Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS FRSC). It's aimed at developing a holistic vision of the future of our country by Russian youth, inextricably linked with the great history and achievements of previous generations, the perception of the Russian global geopolitical, cultural and civilisational role. An important task is also to identify value orientations, behavioral and everyday practices and the level of social activity of young Russians. Particular attention was drawn to the issues of their involvement in information and communication contexts, including the pandemic.

The heads of several large public organisations, movements and youth unions were invited to the round table meeting, along with prominent sociologists from various structures of the RAS FRSC. This contributed to more objective and diverse analysis and consideration of a wide range of issues under study, a deep understanding of the whole objective and subjective factors that affect the development of value attitudes among today's Russian youth and the implementation of the value transit between generations.

Welcoming the participants of the forum, RISS Director Mikhail Fradkov suggested considering and discussing such issues as changing the worldview attitudes of today's Russian youth, forms of their self-organisation and manifestations of civic activism; maintaining the connection between generations, ensuring intergenerational communication and value transit; the formation of a general civil identity of multinational Russian youth, their perception of the image of the future of Russia and self-identification.

The following exchange of views assessed the effectiveness of current arrangements of cooperation with youth. Based on the results of sociological research, the innovative promising ideas were expressed, new models and mechanisms for building youth policy, fostering patriotism, forming a creative civic position of future generations and interethnic unity of the Russians, our common historical memory, were discussed.

Comprehensive reports were delivered by Elena Rodionova, Member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, Director of the Social Technology and Communications Agency, autonomous non-profit organisation for the development of social activity and social communications, Grigory Petushkov, Chairman of the National Council of Russian Youth and Children Associations, Roman Olkhovsky, First Vice-President of the Russian Student Sports Union, Kantemir Khurtaev, Chairman of the All-Russian Interethnic Youth Union, Marina Belousova, Chairman of the Board at the Implementation of Youth Initiatives for Cooperation and Exchange of Theoretical and Practical Social & Cultural Values, Regional Public Organisation, Larisa Pastukhova, Chairman of the Council of the Youth Social & Economic Initiatives, All-Russian Union of Public Associations, Dmitry Turlakov, Head of Executive Directorate at the ‘My Country – My Russiaʼ All-Russian educational project.

The assessments, judgments and specific substantive proposals expressed by the participants of the round table will be taken into account during the further RISS activities on the above issues.

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