The official presentation of the Foundation for the Protection of National Values took place at the MIA, Russia Today press center, on April 10, 2019.
The speakers were the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation, the Chairman of the Commission of the Public Chamber for the Development of the Media and Mass Communications, Alexander Malkevich; Vitaly Milonov, member of the Committee for the Development of Civil Society, Issues of Public and Religious Associations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, and Archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church, member of the Public Chamber of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, father Vsevolod Chaplin.
The presentation was attended by journalists, bloggers, international experts, political scientists, representatives of the Institute of CIS countries, of the award “In the name of peace”, the Russian Association of political consultants, as well as representatives of various diasporas living in Russia – Turks, Kyrgyz, members of the Zoroastrian community, Gypsy society, Talysh , Ukrainians and Belarusians.
“The Foundation for the Protection of National Values is a non-political non-profit organization. Our aims are the preservation of traditional culture, the study of world experience, the protection of freedom of speech throughout the world. Now Russia looks like a besieged fortress. The politicians of the Western world have waged an information war, and under these circumstances, defending our interests, fighting against fakes inside and outside of the country, is a priority. We will go to France, Germany, Italy, where we together with local activists will fight against Russophobia. We will also keep the world community informed of the reality in Ukraine. We are preparing a large report on how the rights of journalists and the Russian-speaking population are violated in the neighbouring country”, said Alexander Malkevich.
Vitaly Milonov told about the Foundation’s work in the human rights field
“We will side with those from whom the West has turned away, from imprisoned journalists in foreign prisons to Serb population in Kosovo and other minorities. Let’s create the Russian equivalent of Human Rights Watch. We are social activists and we are not limited by traditional media.
Another direction is ecological. Liberals intercept this agenda, turning nature protection into politics. We need adequate initiatives to create a safe living environment, including nutritional part. It is important to promote the rejection of alcoholism, tobacco smoking, fast food, genetically modified foods and hormones by explaining their harm”, says Vitaly Milonov.
According to Vsevolod Chaplin, values are immutable and they are “given by God.”
“Our values should be transmitted actively in the international socio-political and cultural debates. You cannot keep silent. Western ecclesiastical institutions have lost their importance, supporting global tolerance and mixing cultures. At the same time, there are public activists in Europe who are tired of this liberal propaganda. They want to know the truth and are set up to peace with Russia, ” said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.
The Foundation’s friend, a Russian public and political figure, writer, and publicist Nikolai Starikov addressed the participants of the event in video mode via videoconference.
“A global project of erasing all differences and turning humanity into one faceless mass is been moving forward by the hands of the United States and world bankers. The information war was waged by the Americans and financial curators in which Russia became the main target. The most dangerous thing for globalization process is to preserve national differences in culture, history, fairy tales and legends, dress and appearance. Russia is a multinational state that does not need to be taught tolerance. We, writers, experts, journalists – are the voice of the public opinion. Protecting national values is our civic duty. We will fulfil this task together with the Foundation for the Protection of National Values”, said Nikolai Starikov.
The participants of the press conference articulated their proposals. So, lawyer Grigory Karashel proposed to promote Russian educational projects and Orthodox organizations in Europe and Africa. Political analyst Mark Babushkin drew attention to the fact that the Fund’s driving strategy should be “soft power” to unite people around the idea of peace. Journalist Irina Kumova stressed the importance of supporting documentary films and patriotic books. The editor-in-chief of the newspaper Rus Triyedinaya (Triune Rus) Sergey Moiseyev agreed with her, having told how the literature of “Bandera’s people” is widely distributed in Ukraine.
A social activist from Germany, a Ukrainian political émigré Oleg Muzyka noted that “songs, dances and dolls are good, but Russia is losing in the information field.
“We need to unite in order to advance our interests,” he believes.
Political scientist Mark Babushkin highlighted that the Fund’s driving strategy should be a “soft force” aimed at uniting the peoples around the idea of peace. Journalist Irina Kumova emphasized how important it was to support documentaries and patriotic books. Sergey Moiseev, the chief editor of the newspaper “Rus’ Triedinaya” (Triune Rus), agreed with the latter telling how widely pro-Banderist literature had been distributed across the Ukraine.
Oleg Muzyka, a Ukrainian political refugee who is now a social activist in Germany, mentioned that “songs, dances, and matryoshkas are all very well but Russia is losing the battle when it comes to the media space.
“We need to unite to advance our interests,” he stated.
Anatoliy Karlin, a popular blogger and a columnist at “The Unz Review” published in English, offered to create a Russophobia index, similar to what the Jewish organizations do to fight anti-Semitism, and urged to translate into foreign languages the works of such Russian philosophers as Ilyin, Berdyaev, etc.
One of the next events prepared by the Fund is the premiere of a documentary “Remember Odessa” by Wilhelm Domke-Schulz, a German director. The release of this film has been banned in the Ukraine and Europe. All efforts are undertaken to get a distribution certificate for the film both in Russia and abroad.
The official website of the Fund offers analytics including the studies on the Ukraine, the research of its discriminatory laws and the violations of the election process. Besides, it is planned to release the versions of the site in English and French and publish ratings in different languages. In the future, each federal district is to have its own branch office of National Value Protection Fund uniting all concerned activists.