President of Russia

mfa of russia

CULTURAL COOPERATION

Presently the relations between Russia and Cambodia in the sphere of education and culture are demonstrating tendency towards further development.

The Intergovernmental Programme of Cultural Exchanges between Russia and Cambodia has been in force since 2006 and is prolonged until December 2014.

Visible progress is achieved in cinematography and filmmaking. In June-July 2007 the Saint-Petersburg documentary films studio made a film under the title "Golden Section" in Cambodia. The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation granted the above film with the status of a national project.

In September 2007 a delegation of the Department of Cinematography of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Kingdom of Cambodia attended the 5th International Film Festival of Asia Pacific countries «Pacific Meridian» in Vladivostok.

In 2009 and 2012 Russian Film Weeks were successfully held in Phnom Penh, traditionally attracting compatriots, Russian speaking Cambodians as well as all those who are interested in life of modern Russia.

Year 2012 was also marked by two significant music events:

- on 16 November Russian folk group "Slavyane" under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina performed at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture with a great success;

- on 18 November the Russian Symphony Orchestra "The Arpeggione" joined by 12 musicians from ASEAN countries - Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Philippines gave a concert. This event was organized within the framework of ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh and was given much attention of delegates.

Cooperation in the field of library science is steadily developing. Delegation of the Library of the Cambodian Senate visited Moscow in November 2007.

In May 2011 a «Cabinet of the Russian World» was opened in the Library of the Senate and has become popular with local citizens who obtained education in Soviet Union and Russia. On 31 January 2012 an official ceremony of donation of Russian books with participation of Ambassador of Russia to Cambodia H.E. Alexander Ignatov and Secretary General of the Senate of Cambodia H.E. Oum Sarith was held at the Library of the Senate of Cambodia. The books were provided to Cambodia within the scope of Target Federal Program «Russian language in 2011 - 2012».

Ties in the sphere of visual arts are also enjoying restoration – in February 2013 an exhibition of paintings by Sergey Radyuk – member of Union of artists of Russia, prize-winner of UN contest "My Russia… My world"- was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Phnom Penh.

Russia and Cambodia enjoy intensified cooperation between specialized higher educational institutions and academic circles. On December 13, 2010 Russian delegation represented by Head of the ASEAN Center of MGIMO (University) Victor Sumsky and professor of Institute of Oriental studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dmitry Mosyakov took part in a scientific symposium under the title "Russian Federation's Foreign Policy in the Asia Pacific Region" on invitation of the Royal Academy of Cambodia.

On 4-7 October 2012 delegation of Cambodian Royal Academy of Juridical Professions visited Moscow on invitation of the Russian Academy of Justice. The sides signed a cooperation agreement which stipulates exchange of practical experience between two countries in the sphere of work of judicial system.

On 21-25 January 2013 a delegation headed by Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vitaliy Naumkin visited Cambodia. The Memorandum on Cooperation with the Royal Academy of Cambodia signed during the visit opened up ample possibilities for efficient collaboration in the field of scientific researches in such spheres as international relations, political science, history, linguistics, study of literature, ethnography, etc.

Over 8000 Cambodian specialists received education in Russia and other CIS countries. At present over 110 Cambodians are studying in Russia at the expense of the Russian federal budget. Every year our country provides 15 scholarships to the Cambodian side.

Since 1984 the Russian Centre of Science and Culture has been operating in Phnom Penh. The RCSC hosts a library of Russian and foreign literature, a video collection of the Russian and foreign movies, a video club, Russian language courses, a bilingual study group for children of compatriots "Motherland in Two Languages", as well as musical and dancing lessons. The centre holds activities dedicated to historical events and anniversaries, organizes literature and musical evenings, photo and books exhibitions, etc.