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Director Moscow Office:
Dr. Markus Ehm
Tel.: +7 495 690-2807
Fax: +7 495 913-7002


Hanns Seidel Foundation
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80636 Munich | Germany
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Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung – In the Service of Democracy, Peace and Development
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Moscow Office

The Moscow bureau contributed to German-Russian and European-Russian relations through a large number of binational and multinational discussions and exchange events.

Highlights of 2010

A number of bilateral meetings at the highest level bore witness to the dynamic and constructive development of German-Russian relations in 2010.

By organizing numerous bilateral and multilateral discussions, the Moscow Liaison Bureau took up important political impulses which contributed to substantially deepen relations between Russia on the one side and Germany and Europe on the other.

Lord Mayor Yuri Rosljak and Erwin Huber

Russia and Germany have great expectations regarding the impact of the official “modernisation partnership” on their economic and industrial cooperation. Within the scope of a conference on the topic “The perspectives of the German-Russian modernisation partnership”, which took place at the end of March in Moscow, Stephan Orlow, Chairman of the Committee on Municipal Economy of the Moscow City Council, showed many pertinent examples of German and Bavarian companies which already participated in modernizing the Russian capital. Franz Obermeier, MP and member of the Economy and Technology Committee of the Bundestag, underlined the important role of Russia as reliable partner for supplying energy to Germany. In his speech, the former Bavarian Minister of Trade and Industry, Erwin Huber, member of the Bavarian parliament, highlighted the comprehensive possibilities of the government to promote the development of small and mid-sized companies, which are of particular importance to Russia. Using the example of his Amberg-Weiden University, Prof. Dr. Franz Magerl demonstrated how intensifying the cooperation between University and Industry could significantly improve the innovative capabilities of rural businesses. The official reception of the Bavarian delegation by the First Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Jurij Rosljak, completed the talks and emphasized the importance placed by the town of Moscow on relations to the Free State of Bavaria.

Thomas Goppel, Valery Yasev, Reinhold Bocklet and Hans Raidel

Against the background of current negotiations on a new partnership & cooperation agreement between the EU and Russia, the Moscow Liaison Bureau hosted a conference with the topic “European responsibilities of Europe and Russia” in April, where the 1st Deputy Speaker of the Bavarian parliament, Reinhold Bocklet, explained that Brussels continued to place great importance on the question of human rights between Kaliningrad and Vladivostok. While Dr. Thomas Goppel, member of the Bavarian parliament and former Minister of State, suggested a strengthening of the exchange programme for young people in line with the German-French model, Michail Terentyev, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Duma, described the perspectives of an extended cooperation between Russia and the EU within the scope of the so-called “four common areas”. At the Duma, the Russian parliament, the German delegation was also received by Valery Yasev, Deputy Speaker of the Duma, who emphasized the need to deepen relations between the German and the Russian parliament. 

The Russian delegation with Georg Fahrenschon (at the centre)

In Mai, the Hanns-Seidel Foundation hosted high-profile talks with twelve Russian MPs in Berlin and Munich. In Berlin, they met with Christian Schmidt, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Defence Ministry, with Dr. Gerd Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry for Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, and with Max Straubinger, Deputy Whip of the Bavarian CSU MPs. In Munich, the Russian delegation was also received by Joachim Herrmann, member of the Bavarian parliament and Bavarian Minister of the Interior, and by Finance Minister Georg Fahrenschon. At the Bavarian parliament, our Russian guests spoke with Reinhold Bocklet, 1st Deputy Speaker, and with Georg Schmid, Whip of the CSU members of the Bavarian parliament.

Hans Zehetmair’s opening speech at the Hotel Metropol

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of German unification, the Hanns-Seidel Foundation hosted a festive event to commemorate the historic and revolutionary changes of the time. In his introductory speech, the Chairman of the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, Dr. h. c. mult. Hans Zehetmair, mentioned the crucial role played by Russia and the USA for the peaceful reunification of Germany. In his speech, Eduard Lintner, long-standing MP, Parliamentary State Secretary and witness to the events of that time, unrolled the process which had led to the unification of Germany, and pointed out that the peaceful course of these events was predominantly due to the prudent actions of political leaders such as Michail Gorbatchev and Helmut Kohl.

The annual talks and conferences for young German politicians and disseminators led eleven young executives to Moscow and Yaroslavl. In Yaroslavl, capital of the Volga district, the HSF-delegation led by Markus Blume, member of the Bavarian parliament, was received by Vice Governor Sergey Beryoskin and Viktor Rogozky, Speaker of the Parliament, in order to conduct talks at the highest level. In Moscow, talks were scheduled at the Russian Foreign Ministry and at the Duma. The Bavarian guests also participated in a lively discussion with students and scientists on the role of Russia for European foreign affair & security matters, which took place at the European Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Robert Pszczel, Wolfgang Götzer, Ursula Männle, Deputy Chairwoman of the HSF, Ludwig Mailinger, conference moderator, and Michail Nenashev

The new NATO strategy, which was adopted in Lisbon in November, also provides for more cooperation with Russia on defence matters. To mark the occasion, the Hanns-Seidel Foundation hosted a two-day conference in Moscow in December, on the topic “New dimensions of European foreign & security policies”, which was attended by more than 50 members of parliament and security experts from Germany and Russia and by EU & NATO representatives. The speeches of Dr. Wolfgang Götzer, MP and member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, and of Robert Pszczel, Director of the NATO Information Bureau in Moscow, centred on the leitmotif of the new NATO strategy concept “Achieving security by working together, not against each other”, while Michail Nenashev, member of the Defence Committee of the Duma, talked about the scepticism against NATO which was still prevailing in Russia. Another agenda item of the conference was the topic “Fighting international terrorism and the narcotics trade” with contributions by Michail Grishankov, 1st Deputy Chairman of the Security Committee of the Duma, and Stephan Mayer, member of the Committee for Domestic Affairs at the Bundestag. Both speakers concluded that the cooperation between Russia and the EU had improved significantly in this delicate domain and that this could serve as a model for other political domains, e.g. regarding security matters.