Peace building 

Interfaith, Intercultural dialogue and Peace building

Being born and raised in one of the most multicultural communities in Russia, from the young age I was exposed to peaceful co-existence between nations and religions. In Kazan, ethnic Russians and Tatars live side by side, despite cultural, religious and linguistic differences. Meanwhile, I have also seen and experienced the growth of tensions as a result of current governmental narratives. I find meaning and joy with working in building dialogue, conducting trainings in human rights and mediation. Please see below my local and international initiatives and engagements

Picture: Kol-Sharif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin

Nowadays, most of my peace building volunteer work is correlated with the youth-led non-profit organization “A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY)”, where I am a part-time Project Manager. ACWAY is a global youth movement that brings together young people from a multitude of backgrounds to increase understanding of different cultures and faiths, promote peace and coexistence, develop skills to help local communities and deliver shared solutions in the form of local action. Our team organizes annual intercultural and inter-religious youth forums as well as works throughout the year to engage and support fellows in their activities. 

G20 Youth Interfaith Forum 

11 - 12 September, 2021 in  Bologna, Italy 

I had the privilege to lead and be a part of the organizing committee of the G20 Youth Interfaith Forum 2021. This year ACWAY. as a global youth partner to the IF20, has created a space for 50 young people from 30 countries and 12 religious/philosophical traditions. We have successfully built partnerships with the leading organizations in the interfaith arena; and most importantly, we have contributed to the inclusion of young people in the G20 IF processes.

18-19 November, 2019 in Hague, NL

Representing ACWAY @ Sharing good practices against discrimination and intolerance based on religion or belief

15-21 July, 2020 in Baku, AZ

Organizing Youth Forum for 70+ young people 

as part of  the ACWAY Team 

29-32 July, 2017 in Sudan

Leading the Opening Ceremony of the 3rd ACWAY Forum 

Alive Peace

October 2018, Leysin, Switzerland

Leading a training on "Negotiating the Non-negotiable in the context of Ethnic Conflicts" 


Kazan, 2017

Leading educational projects in Kazan in English for kids and teenagers to promote cultural and religious tolerance, peaceful conflict resolution and human rights. Participants followed a learning process and acquired competences in the fields of intercultural learning, dialogue and conflict transformation. 

Youth Peace Camp 

September 2015, Budapest, Hungary

European Forum Alpbach

Religion and (In)Equality seminar, 2017, Austria

Alive Peace 

Exploring a Culture of Peace Through Personal Change and Wellbeing, October 2018, Switzerland