June 26 in the Hellenic Parliament in the framework of the 25th Anniversary of the General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) took place the election of the President of map. The new head of the IAP became the Chairman of the Committee of the state Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on development of civil society, public and religious organisations Sergey Gavrilov.
The newly elected President called the IAP “a major international inter-parliamentary Institute, whose task is to promote the role of Christianity and Christian values in the international arena”.
“Strengthening cooperation between the parliaments of the countries, which often exist simultaneously three monotheistic religions – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue are indispensable elements of a peaceful and harmonious coexistence of all peoples based on mutual understanding and respect to each other,” said Sergei Gavrilov.
Recall that in the period from 25 to 30 June 2018, the delegation of the State Duma participates in the 25th Anniversary of the General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy in Athens. During the visit, will hold meetings with President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis pavlopoulos a, Chairman of the Parliament of the Hellenic Republic Nikolaos Volcom and Beatitude, Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus.
In the 7th convocation of the State Duma Sergey Gavrilov Chairman of the State Duma Committee on civil society development issues, public and religious associations. Graduated from the Moscow state University named after M. V. Lomonosov on a speciality “political economy” in 1989 and Russian Academy of state service under the President of the Russian Federation on a speciality “jurisprudence” in 2002. Candidate of economic Sciences.
He was first elected as a Deputy of the State Duma of the fifth convocation was Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on transport. Was in charge of the aviation sector. In the sixth convocation he headed the State Duma Committee on property issues.
Is the coordinator of the Interfactional parliamentary group for the protection of Christian values in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, member of the Board of the world Russian people’s Council. Has awards of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2016, was awarded the Patriarchal letter of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.
The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) is an international organization that represents the inter-parliamentary education, bringing together Orthodox MPs from countries in various spiritual traditions, which at the political and legislative level, coordinates the work on protection of interests of Orthodoxy in the countries where traditionally densely populated by a significant number of Orthodox citizens and there are local Orthodox churches.
Today, the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy combines more than 20 States. Russia became a member in 1994. The delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation participates regularly in activities of map.