About the Foundation
The Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called was established in 1992 when the Russian society was standing at the historic cross roads and it strongly needed some devoting work to be done on bringing the Russian traditional spiritual and moral grounds back to the social life.
For all the years of its work the Foundation implemented a lot of programmes and projects. Most of them have become remarkable events in the new history of Russia and the whole Orthodox Christianity. The projects include the translation of great orthodox relics to Russia and adjoining states; restoration of Christian churches and convents; organizing conferences, festivals, concerts and exhibitions; charity and humanitarian programmes and a lot more.
In 2001 by the initiative of the Foundation the Centre of National Glory was founded. Its activity focused on the strengthening of national self-awareness of the Russian society. The main activity is to draw the public attention to some significant pages in the Russian history and to the names of our great compatriots; education and upbringing of the young generation based on the centuries-long cultural and spiritual heritage; taking care of existing places of national culture.
The basic principles stay unchanged: facilitation for strengthening of the Russian statehood, preserving the people of Russia, spiritual and moral recovery of society based on Christian values, openness towards the outside world.
- years of public activity
- current programmes
- annual events
- 15 000 000
- participants in Russia and the world
The Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called attracts the public attention to the spiritual and moral guidelines which are the basis for healthy national self-awareness and civil culture and which unite all of us by the feeling of historic succession and understanding of responsibility for the future.
The projects of the Foundation are like a bridge between the two worlds. On the one hand it is the modern world with its technological development, multi-level information flows, dynamic political and social processes. On the other hand it is the world of spiritual and cultural tradition that for ages was helping Russia and its people create their unique identity.
It is comforting for us that our work helps many people feel the presence of eternal and unchangeable truths in their everyday life and that our work gets some warm and sincere response from millions of souls and hearts.
Plenty of very different people are involved in the Foundation’s activity. These are government officials, military people, businessmen, scientists, priests, people of art, doctors and teachers. All of them are united by the desire to co-participate and to create the destiny of their country and to do their best for its benefit by using their time, efforts and knowledge not only at work but in the public field as well.
The Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called was created at the difficult times when moral guidelines and ideals were being changed, when the new integral system of values was being created and the questions of self-identity were being discussed. The founders of the Foundation emphasized the importance of addressing to traditional Russian spiritual and cultural values.
For the first time the International Prize of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called “Faith and Faithfulness” was awarded. The first awardees were Stanislav Govorukhin, actor, director and writer, Yury Vlasov, weightlifter, and eminent scientists and cultural workers of the XX century who were awarded posthumously in order to acknowledge their merits to Russia.
In 1990s the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called was actively involved in publishing activity, held extensive sacred processions, helped restore churches and monasteries, provided help for Serbian population on the territory of Yugoslavia, awarded our outstanding compatriots with the public prize for their achievements.
The Centre of National Glory began its activity. It was created in order to extend and supplement the activity of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called, to implement joint projects with representatives of Russia’s traditional religions, to participate in international conferences and forums.
The Centre of National Glory put forward the initiative for the international programme “Dialogue of Civilizations”. The following year the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” started its activity. It united representatives of intellectual, cultural, spiritual, business and political spheres from many countries of the world, representatives of different cultural traditions.
The foot of Saint Andrew the First-Called was translated from the Sacred Mount Athos to the towns of Russia, Ukraine and Belorussia.
The international programme “Pray for Peace for Jerusalem” was held for the first time and later it was held every year.
The tenth anniversary awards ceremony of the International Award of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called “Faith and Faithfulness” took place.
The delegation of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called and the Centre of National Glory comprised over 20 journalists and visited Serbia as part of the programme “Orthodox Christmas in Kosovo and Metohija”.
500 Serbian children from Kosovo and Metohija had their rest in children health camps and health resorts of Russia.
Over ten million people came to worship the relics of righteous martyrs Grand Duchess Elisaveta Fyodorovna and nun Barbara.
In the year of 625th anniversary of the Battle of Kulikovo the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called and the Centre of National Glory presented four bells for the bell-tower of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Monastyrshchina village. It is the place where the warriors who were killed in the battle on the Kulikovo field were buried.
Monuments to Saint Andrew the First-Called were erected on Iturup Island (Kuril Islands) and Fiolent Cape (Sevastopol).
The programme “Serving the Fatherland: events and names” was launched.
Within 40 days over two million people came to worship the hand of John the Baptist. Together with the Patriarchate of Moscow and the Ural Ore Mining and Smelting Company the programme “Alexander Nevsky” was implemented.
The programme “Sanctity of Motherhood” began its work. It is aimed at changing the demographic situation in our country.
The Holy Head of Apostle and Evangelist Luke was translated from the Russian Monastery of Saint Panteleimon on Mount Athos to Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. The building of hospital at the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon on Mount Athos was restored and consecrated under the auspices of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called.
The oldest Russia’s preserved military monument, the column monument dedicated to Saint Blessed Prince Dmitry Donskoy on the Kulikovo field was restored.
Together with “Hydrostroy” company annual medical and educational expeditions to Sakhalin and Kuril islands were organized.
In the Turkish town of Gallipoli (today Gelibolu) the monument to Russian people who left their Motherland during the years of the Civil War was unveiled.
The first session of the Public and Pedagogical Forum “Education in Russia: traditions and challenges of the new time” took place in Saint-Petersburg.
In the settlement of Staraya Ladoga in the Leningrad region the International Archeological Youth Camp «Staraya Ladoga in the historical memory of generations» was organized for the first time.
Some aid was rendered for people who suffered from military actions in South Ossetia.
The Holy Fire was delivered to the Russian Polar station “Barneo” which is drifting near the North Pole.
Festivities took place to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Saints Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy.
By the initiative of the Centre of National Glory the multifunctional building of the only boarding school in Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) was built all over again.
By the initiative of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called the gate icons on the Spasskaya Tower and Nikolskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin were revealed and restored.
The first Forum of the programme “Sanctity of Motherhood” was held in Moscow.
The unique pilgrimage cruise dedicated to 90th anniversary of Exodus of the Russian Army and civil refugees from Crimea was organized.
A number of exhibitions named “They were fighting for our freedom” were held in Europe. The exposition included posters issued in 1941-1945 by the countries of anti-Hitler coalition.
Over 3.5 million believers came to worship the Cincture of the Virgin Mary.
The memorial programme dedicated to Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov was organized in Italy.
The project “Serving the Fatherland: events and names” is getting international. For the first time a monument to the diplomatic official of the Peter the Great times, Serbian Savva Lukich Vladislavich-Raguzinsky, was unveiled on the Russian land.
The All-Russian Scientific and Public Conference “Russian Statehood: historical traditions and challenges of 21st century” was held in Veliky Novgorod.
The Second Forum of the All-Russian Programme “Sanctity of Motherhood” took place in Nizhny Novgorod.
The monument was erected in Italy to commemorate the Russian sailors who participated in rectification of the consequences of the earthquake in the Strait of Messina in 1908.
The monument to reverend Euphrosyne, Grand Duchess of Moscow, was erected in Moscow.
The Third Forum of the All-Russian Programme “Sanctity of Motherhood” was held in Moscow.
Over 1.5 million people came to worship the Cross of Saint Andrew the First-Called.
Festivities were organized in the capital of Greece to honour the outstanding Russia diplomatic figure and the first President of Greece, Count John Kapodistrias.
In September 2014 the International Forum “Large Family and the Future of Humanity” was held in Moscow.
Orphans from Syria were invited by the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called and the Centre of National Glory to have a rest in Russia.
Festive events were organized in the capital of Serbia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
The IV Forum of the All-Russian Programme “Sanctity of Motherhood” was held in Kazan. Over 6000 mass media items were submitted for the competition among journalists “Family and the Future of Russia”.
The contests “Serving the Fatherland: events and names” and “Navy Wreath of Glory: sailors serving the Fatherland” were organized to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory.
Monuments to Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova and the first translator of “Doctor Zhivago” novel from Russian into Italian, Slavist Pietro Zveteremich, were erected in Sicily.
The International Public and Scientific Conference “Yalta-Potsdam-Helsinki-Belgrade: in search for the safe world order” took place in Belgrade.
The relics of Saint Luke of Crimea were delivered to the Greek town of Patras.
The V “Sanctity of Motherhood” Forum was held in Saint-Petersburg.
Events to commemorate the Grand Duchess, Queen of Greece Olga Konstantinovna Romanova were held in Greece.
The large-scale educational project titled “Russia 1917. The images of the future” was implemented to mark the 100th anniversary of the events of the year 1917.
“The Voice of Saint Andrew the First-Called in the Modern World” public Inter-Orthodox conference was held in Greece.
The round-table talks, trainings for teachers of Russian language and the exhibition presenting copies of rare manuscripts were organized in Serbia.
The VI “Sanctity of Motherhood” Forum was held in Minsk.
The relics of Saint Luke (Voyno-Yasenetsky) were delivered to 19 Russian cities.
Events held by “The Russian World” international programme took place in Serbia, Turkey and Italy.
The Holy Fire was delivered from the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem to 72 Russian cities and 6 foreign countries.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called
President and Founder of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Head of Department of State Policy of the Faculty of Political Sciences at the Moscow State University named after M.Lomonosov
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Charity Fund of Social Aid for Children “Spread the wings!”
Director of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called
- Condolences on the death of Larry Jacobs
This wonderful man will always stay in our hearts.
- Congratulations to Patriarch Kirill on the Name Day
Please accept our cordial congratulations on the Name Day.
- Condolences on the passing of Anatoly M. Granov
It was deep sorrow for the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called to learn that Anatoly M. Granov passed away.
- Congratulations on the anniversary of Irina A. Antonova
To Irina Antonova, the winner of the International Prize «Faith and Loyalty» of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called
The Headquarter of the Foundation of St. Andrew the
It is the location of the receiving office of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Funds, the receiving office of Director of the Foundation as well as Departments which secure the activity of the Foundation and the implementation of the programmes, such as "Sanctity of Motherhood", "Pray for Peace for Jerusalem", "International Prize of the Foundation of Andrew the