Oleg Deripaska initiated and inspired the Robotics program in Russia.
As part of the educational and competitive programme, children and teenagers aged 8 to 25 years old are taught robotics, mechatronics and programming in resource centers in schools, colleges, technical schools and universities. One of the key objectives of the programme is to stimulate interest in the engineering profession. Only five years after the start of the project 30% of university graduates in technical disciplines began careers as engineers in Russia’s largest companies.
Oleg Deripaska graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in physics.
The Alma Mater project is implementing a number of programmes alongside the university system, in particular, Oleg Deripaska has initiated and provided funds for the establishment of the Moscow School of Economics (MSE - MSU) and the Graduate School of Public Administration (ESAP).
Now the Volnoe Delo Foundation systematically helps the MSU physics department and is involved in innovative programs in the university as a whole.
ALL-RUSSIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Volnoe Delo Oleg Deripaska Foundation and Basic Element group have been general strategic partners of the largest sci pop event, the All-Russia Science Festival since 2015. The Festival is held under the aegis of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU).
All-Russia Science Festival comprises over 70 regions that host the event’s activities at the universities, academic institutions, state scientific centers, scientific hubs, museums, research and innovation centers.
Moscow Science Festival that is a part of the all-Russia events, includes interactive exhibitions in the MSU main library, sci pop events in the Expo Center, renowned scientists’ lectures in the MSU Shuvalov building as well as an entertainment program and fireworks at the Sparrow Hills.
“Education and science should always be accessible for as many people as possible at any age. All-Russia Science Festival contributes to this accessibility as it grows rapidly year by year and gives future scientists and inventors opportunities to learn about new research, listen to the acclaimed professors and make the first steps towards big discoveries.
I’m honored to support Science Festival because such projects are the best way to foster a whole generation of young science-driven people who will eventually make some breakthrough and will stay in Russia’s history.”
Oleg Deripaska, founder of Volnoe Delo Foundation
Volnoe Delo Foundation has a long history of supporting MSU young scientists and students whose scientific research has a big potential. The festival has ideally fit Volnoe Delo -MSU programs as its main goal is to promote science among wide audiences and to make hi-tech attractive for youth.
HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT
Among the many projects which are supported by Oleg Deripaska, through his Volnoe Delo Foundation, is not only the regular assistance of Moscow State University, but also the ranking of Russian universities by quality of education, and scholarship programs at four universities in Russia (Moscow State University, Kuban State University, Kuban State Agrarian University and the Moscow Art Theater School).
In addition, since 2011 a program of assistance to regional universities has existed, in particular, the training of archaeologists in the History Department of Kuban State University, as well as close cooperation with KubSAU which trains agricultural specialists.
NEW GENERATION SCHOOL
The Volnoe Delo Foundation has taken part in the New Generation School programme since 2004. Just one year after the entry of the Fund into the project it has been joined by 37 schools from 11 regions of Russia.
The main result of the New Generation School programme is a replicable model of schools with a culture of learning organization. Today this concept is key to the modernisation of the Russian mass school.
Networking between schools in the framework of the New Generation School program is supported by its regional resource centers in Abakan, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Ust- Ilyimsk, Ust- Labinsk, Chelyabinsk and Yaroslavl.
Computers for schools
Since 2011 “Computers for schools” has been the largest private philanthropic educational project in Russia. The project was started in 2007 by the “Volnoe Delo” Foundation, in partnership with Intel, Microsoft, ASUS as well as regional administrations.
As part of the programme schools are equipped with mobile computer classes. Each student receives a personal netbook and the teacher receives a full-scale laptop computer. A wireless network is set up in every class in order to facilitate student-teacher interaction. Schools are equipped with modern computer hardware and software and electronic educational materials. Teachers develop their e-skills and learn how to apply them in an educational environment.
All the PCs and laptops are equipped with a licensed sofware and the latest educational programms on Russian language, maths, natural history and etc.
The “Computers for schools” programme has had a significant impact on the lives of teachers and students in remote areas. Communities such as the Zireken Township in the Chita region or Zarechniy hutor in Krasnodar region have been provided access to information technologies, for many the very first time.
Having graduated from the Faculty of Physics at the M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Oleg Deripaska supports the department and takes part in the creation of new faculties and innovative development programmes.
At the instigation and with the support of Oleg Deripaska, in cooperation with M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, new faculties at the University have been created including – the Moscow School of Economics (MSE MSU) and The Graduate School of Public Administration (GSPA).
Moscow School of Economics
Higher School of Government Administration at Moscow State University
The Schools have been given a Moscow State University building, fully renovated and equipped library, computer and language classes – complete with state-of the art digital laboratories – a conference hall that allows simultaneous interpreting of up to 4 languages and video conferencing services.
Support for Russian science
The goals of the Russian science support programme, which is funded by Oleg Deripaska’s “Volnoe Delo” Foundation include providing support to the best professionals in science and medicine, providing breakthrough research, whilst also involving Russian scientists who have moved abroad.
The programmes are carried out in cooperation with M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and various foundations.
As part of the programme, support for research, grants and awards for scientists and young researches are provided.
The “Volnoe Delo” Foundation has sponsored research done by the Protein Institute, the A.N. Belozersky Research Institute, and the N.M. Emmanuel Biochemical Physics Institute as well as the educational work of the United Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Tomsk Polytechnic, the Russian Geological Survey Institute, the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys and many other Russian universities.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPEDITION PHANAGORIA
The Volnoe Delo Foundation provides support to the Phanagoria complex archaeological expedition, which has involved the Institute of Archaeology and the Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) since 2004.
The most important result of planned and systematic research at Phanagoria was the creation of the Scientific and Cultural Complex, which includes the Historical and Archaeological Museum and the Science and Culture Center.
Phanagoria is one of the most important Russian archaeological sites.
MOSCOW ART THEATRE SCHOOL
The Volnoe Delo Foundation provides administrative and grant support to teachers and students at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Among the most striking of joint projects was a number of unique theater events for the 150th anniversary of Stanislavsky in 2012.
KUBAN COSSACK CHORUS
The Volnoe Delo Foundation helps the Kuban Cossack Chorus in touring and studio work. In addition, the chorus master has received a stipend each year since 2003.
The Kuban Cossack Chorus is the oldest and largest national group of Russian Cossacks, Russia's only professional group of folk artists and has a continuous history from the beginning of the 19th entury.
REVIVAL OF ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS
The Volnoe Delo Foundation has built, restored and renovated about 200 architectural and cultural monuments, many of which are part of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Russia.
Since 2004 the “Volnoe Delo” Foundation has supported the Taman Expedition of the Archaeological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, led by the Doctor of historical sciences, Professor Vladimir Kuznetsov. The Expedition conducts annual excavations of the ancient city of Phanagoria, situated on the shore of the Taman Bay in the Krasnodar region. Large scope excavations are currently underway at the city’s acropolis, necropolis, in the aquatic area of the sunken localities of the city, as well as at various manors beyond the city’s borders – in total 15 excavation sites with a total area of over 2500 sq. m.
What makes this expedition so unique is the breadth of the team involved – anthropologists, zoo geologists, paleophytologists, palaeogeographer, underwater archaeologists, specialists from the Archaeological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Geographical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Southern Research Centre, teachers and postgraduates from 8 universities – from Russia, Germany and Poland. Every year anywhere from 120 to 250 people take part in on-site excavation work.
At the site of the following discoveries have been made: submerged port buildings, a stone crypt with a stepped ceiling, a treasure trove with Archaic coins, fragments of various statues and most importantly, new epigraphic discoveries with preserved names of historical figures and previously unknown details about the history of the Bosporan kingdom.
In 2009 Archaeology Magazine, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, called the Taman expedition’s discovery of the palace of Mitridat the 6th - the legendary adversary of Rome - one of the 10 most significant discoveries of the year.
The interdisciplinary team of the Phanagoria Expedition, the abundance of historic material, objects and evidence, the potential of the Russian Academy of Sciences, internships abroad and participation in international forums in Germany, Denmark, the United States and France have all enabled highly qualified young scientific personnel to be trained. Many of these personnel will go on to work in various regions of Russia. So far over 320 students have not only received training of practical archaeological skills, but also attended lectures by leading Russian archaeologists.
Future plans include the creation of a protected archaeological monument site, a classical open air museum and a Science and Culture complex, which will include an archaeological museum, library, laboratories and the infrastructure needed to conduct comprehensive research on the historical and cultural heritage of Kuban.
Temples of Russia
Russian temples and monasteries have traditionally been, and still are, the centres of Orthodox culture and education, both in Russia and abroad. These monuments, which were created centuries ago, represent a historical and architectural heritage, whose upkeep and restoration is an objective of “Volnoe Delo”.
In 1994, the Abakan Cathedral in the Republic of Khakasia, Russia, became the first temple to be built by “Volnoe Delo” funds. Since then, the foundation has been involved in the construction and restoration of around 170 different sites, including temples, Orthodox schools and shelters.
Beneficiaries of the foundation include various acclaimed shrines, such as the Serafimo-Diveevsky Monastery of the Holy Trinity, the Solovetsky Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, the Sretensky Monastery and the Donskoy Monastery in Moscow.
Oleg Deripaska also fully financed the construction of several temples in the Krasnodar region, including the white-stoned Temple of Saint Vladimir in the village of Oktyabrsky, inspired by the famous Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the River Nerl.
In 2009 to 2010, the “Volnoe Delo” foundation participated in the construction and restoration of many other holy sites in Russia and other countries, including China (near the Russian Embassy in Beijing) and Greece (a Russian monastery on Mount Athos).
The programme for integrated territorial development of the Ust-Labinsky region in Krasnodar and the support of socially-oriented projects in the Krasnodar region is one of the largest and most important projects of the Volnoe Delo Foundation.
As part of the integrated territorial development programme we have implemented various projects in the following areas:
- Support and development of the education system
- Preservation of cultural heritage
- Support and development of the health system
- Creating the conditions for a healthy lifestyle
- Support for socially vulnerable groups
The Healthcare programme embodies the Foundation’s projects in the area of healthcare in the Ust-Labinsk area of Krasnodar region – and aims to create the necessary means for general access to quality healthcare whilst supporting and developing preventative medicine and promoting healthy lifestyles and early disease detection.
As part of this programme, the Foundation provides systematic aid to hospitals in Moscow and other regions, aid that allows them to purchase modern medical equipment, surgical instruments and pharmaceuticals.
First Regional Clinical Hospital in Krasnodar
In 2006 in order to solve this on-line diagnostics issue and increase the number of treated patients, the Volnoe Delo Foundation donated a Somatom Sensation 64 body scanner to the Regional Hospital. The body scanner was the first of its kind to ever be operated in Russia. The machine requires 33 seconds to receive all the required diagnostic information – thus eliminating the need for invasive methods, which is especially important in the examination of infant patients.
Ongoing support for medical institutions in Russia
Since 2004 the Foundation has backed the purchase of medical equipment, surgical instruments and pharmaceuticals to institutions such as the Child Hematology Research Institute, the Moscow Family Planning and Reproduction Centre, the №13 Filatov Clinical City Hospital and the Moscow Region Psychoneurological Children’s Hospital.
With the support of the Foundation, the First Clinical Hospital in Archangelsk purchased a modern supersonic scanner. In the same year the Foundation helped repair and renovate the Novodvinsk Central City Hospital’s in-patient hospital.
Over 9000 people have taken part in the Foundation’s Anti-HIV/AIDS programme – conducted in partnership with the Caring Heart Charity, the Krasnodar territory administration, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, the Television and Radio Association of Kuban, Yuga.ru and Kuban.info.
The interactive seminars, contests, the activity of the Volunteer School and extensive media coverage of the programme has succeeded in raising the level of HIV/AIDS awareness (as well as the importance of regular diagnostics) amongst high school students, university students, educators, social workers, psychologists and parents.
Oleg Deripaska and his Volnoe Delo Foundation support promising, basic and applied research by both young and well-known Russian scientists and research teams. This creates conditions for the development of modern science and the preservation of the best scientific expertise in Russia.
- funds a grant programme for researchers working in the institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences across all regions of Russia, as well as to scholars at Moscow State University.
- conducts an annual competition for young scientists and students of Moscow State University
- supports advanced research, scientific development and the participation of scientists in international exhibitions and conferences
The program began in 2000 with the Moscow State University, Russian Academy of Sciences, and in partnership with the Science Support Foundation. Oleg Deripaska is one of the programmes founders. Over 10 years, grants have gone to about 4,000 scientists, including more than 3,000 young researchers and leaders of about 100 schools of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Academy of Medical Sciences.
Volnoe Delo Oleg Deripaska Foundation, one of Russia’s largest private charity funds, opened the first private dog shelter PovoDog in Baranovka village, near Sochi.
PovoDog became the first shelter for dogs in need in Sochi. Now there are over 200 stray dogs who have been brought to shelter by volunteers. Homeless and abandoned dogs have been given food and medical treatment.
The shelter features all the necessary conditions for treating and curing animals: spacious dog-houses, food and vaccines. All the newcomers are thoroughly examined and cured.
The shelter’s main goal is to rehome all the animals to their new owners all over the world. PovoDog receives dozens of adoption requests every day from Russia and abroad.
Volnoe Delo Oleg Deripaska Foundation is working to create a support service that will assist in preparing necessary permits and paperwork for animals’ adoption.
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