A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Maria Zakharova

Maria Zakharova

Director, Department of Information and the Press, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Quotes
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Fake News in the Era of Globalization
Emotional intellect is a popular term now. It is not just trendy – it is part of sociology, part of psychology. It is one of the facets of our modern world. Emotional intellect kicks in when a person perceives information, it bypasses their consciousness, and a person does not bother to check it, but forms an opinion based purely on emotions. This is a perfect breeding environment for fake news
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Fake News in the Era of Globalization
I have my own resources, I have a chance to speak directly to you – to media representatives, my colleagues, my comrades. I can resolve this situation pretty much immediately. But what should we do with the information heap that he or she [author of the fake, – Ed.] or their colleagues have published? <…> The essence of fake news problem is that they cannot be taken down. They live on. Like it is not enough that the author persists, they will live on in reposts, screenshots, links, quotes, descriptions, and so on
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Fake News in the Era of Globalization
These fakes, this disinformation used to be a decisive force. Today, I believe it is the opposite. Today, people have the power to resist. First, by checking the information. Second, by spreading the counterinformation. Third, just by having access to various information sources
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Maintaining a Single Digital Landscape in the Face of a Struggle for Digital Sovereignty
Social media have been removed from the jurisdiction of legislation, both supranational and domestic. There are no regulations to dictate how they build their internal strategy, international strategy, and so on. This is manual control
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Maintaining a Single Digital Landscape in the Face of a Struggle for Digital Sovereignty
There are two concepts.[…] The first is the freedom to disseminate information in the world. We’re currently talking about global networks [...] This is the free dissemination of information and the inadmissibility of hindering it. This concept is already being introduced in a number of international documents. […] The second concept is the protection of the national media space. This involves the internal national legislation of a country, which regulates, protects, or lobbies for everything related to the media sphere. Do they contradict each other? We have to look at each specific case, but the most important thing is that these two concepts have a state dimension and that the actors are states. The state builds a protective mechanism within itself [...] but at the same time it interacts with other countries to developing certain common steps. This had been the case until recently, but a new player has appeared. These are private companies. It used to only be television and radio corporations and publishing houses. They had a national dimension. If you transmit a signal to the territory of other states, it was still based on the need to interact with state dimensions [...] And now there are private corporations that work online and promote all types of media products from video content, television content, printed content, and multi-content there. Most importantly, though, they have 100% coverage. We are approaching a new reality, when they aren’t the ones who come to the state or state associations to understand what they are violating; rather, everything is exactly the opposite
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Business Breakfast for Foreign Media Agents with Maria Zakharova
We believed that when in 2017 the United States of America and their law enforcement system first announced their intent to label Russian media as foreign agents, it was a coincidence. We believed that it was some kind of political pressure or bullying. Honestly, we never thought they would proceed, but they did
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Business Breakfast for Foreign Media Agents with Maria Zakharova
I believe a normal information environment is when you have a chance to discuss what many people deem problematic instead of talking only about the things you like