Introduction of Public Diplomacy Network

The Public Diplomacy Network (PDN) is a grass-roots media initiative aimed to provide the international community with useful information on Russian, Jewish and Islamic issues mainly in English and Russian via the Internet. Since its` establishment in February 2002 its` activity aims to support the improvement of the relations between Russian, Jewish and Muslim communities in the territory of the former Soviet Union and in other parts of the world. On-line platform of PDN contains 7 electronic mailing lists with a total membership over 8 100 e-mail addresses.

The Editorial Board of PDN plans to continue addressing the need for such information and, in addition to it, to serve as a tool for the conducting of practical cooperation between the scholars of Judaica, Russian diasporal and Jewish community organizations and media. In our plans are: further on-line cooperation with international organizations working on the improvement of relations between Muslim and Jewish communities, further contribution to development of already existing structure of Russian diasporal movement, further mainstreaming of Russian-speaking youth living abroad via regular informing and consulting on the events, projects and opportunities of mutual interest for young people.

E-mailing lists on Google and Yahoo servers:

1. E-mailing list "Hate Monitor Net" (in English)

https://groups.google.com/group/Hate-Monitor-Net 
Updates on anti-Tziganizm, anti-Semitism, anti-Islamism and other kinds of intolerance.

Started in March 2008.

1351 members on 15 September 2011.

2. E-mailing list "Human Rights" (in Russian)

https://groups.google.com/group/prava-cheloveka-ru 
Updates related to the defense of rights of Russian diasporas and their individual members.

Started in January 2009.

1211 members on 15 September 2011. 

3. E-mailing list "Jewish Daily News" (in English)

https://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jewish_Daily_News/ 
Monitoring political and cultural events in Jewish communities and Israel and abroad.

Started in February 2002.

220 members on 15 September 2011.

4. E-mailing list "Jewish Kaleidoscope" (in Russian)

https://groups.google.com/group/Evreiskiy_Kaleidoskop 
Updates on issues relevant to Russian Jewry.

Started in July 2002.

2518 members on 15 September 2011.

5. E-mailing list "Russian World" (in Russian)

https://groups.google.com/group/Russkiy-Mir 
Updates on issues relevant to Russian-speaking diasporas.

Started in October 2002.

199 members on 15 September 2011.

6. E-mailing list "Salam Shalom" (in Russian, Turkish and English)

https://groups.google.com/group/Salam_Shalom 
Updates on cooperation and peaceful co-existence between Muslim and Jewish communities (with the focus on Turkic-speaking countries).

Started in May 2008.

674 members on 15 September 2011.

7. E-mailing list "Salam Shalom" (in English)

https://groups.yahoo.com/group/Salam_Shalom/

Updates on cooperation and peaceful co-existence between Muslim and Jewish communities.
Started in October 2004.

144 members on 15 September 2011.

The activities of given listserves are held and overseen by the public organization "Russophone center of information and culture in Israel" (RCIC).

On 25 January 2009 "Russophone center of information and culture in Israel" (RCIC) had been officially recognized and registered as public organization (No. 580505113) according to the decision of Certification Organizations Registry within the Israeli Ministry of Justice.

Since the autumn of 2009 RCIC is the member of The International Council of Russian Compatriots (MSRS), international non-governmental organization, which unites 140 organizations of compatriots in 54 countries.

Trustee - Chairman of RCIC - Mr. Georgy Berenzon.

Executive Editor - Deputy Chairman of RCIC - Mr. Valery Novoselsky.

http://sites.google.com/site/rucentrisraqui/

http://www.valery-novoselsky.org/publicdiplonet.html

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