2016-11-16 18:38:00

Moscow Tolerance Center awarded with UNESCO prize

Moscow, November 16, Interfax - The Tolerance Center in Moscow will be presented with the UNESCO prize for the distribution of the ideals of peace and non-violence.

The award ceremony will be held at the UNESCO head office in Paris on Wednesday evening. The prize will be presented to director general of the Jewish Museum and the Tolerance Center, Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia President Alexander Boroda.

The prize is named after Madanjeet Singh, an Indian painter, writer and diplomat. It will be presented on November 16, International Tolerance Day, established by the United Nations in 1996.

In turn, Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar said in an address on the occasion of this international day that tolerance is not an artificial term, "which is profitable only to minorities, allegedly seeking some privileges at the expense of the majority."

"In reality, tolerance primarily ensures calmness in inter-ethnic and inter-confessional relations, when people are not looking at 'others' as their enemies," Lazar was quoted by his press service as saying on Wednesday.

It is particularly important for Russia, where hundreds of peoples live and almost all major world religions are represented, the religious leader said, cited by his press service on Wednesday.

"Therefore, the propaganda of tolerance is an absolutely necessary thing for Russia. The Jewish community in Russia is involved in this as much as they can be, specifically after the opening of the Jewish Museum and the Tolerance Center in Moscow in 2012. We are planning to continue and expand our projects in this area," Lazar said.