The second day of the international project in Ulyanovsk opened with a discussion on the topic "International humanitarian cooperation and political games: the experience of Russia and other countries in the period of a global pandemic". The session was moderated by Oleg Shakirov, Senior Expert at the Center for Advanced Governance, and Mikhail Petrosyan, a founder of the Humanitarian Monitor project. Alexander Konkov, Director of the Rethinking Russia analytical center, and Uliana Artamonova, Junior Researcher Fellow in the US Foreign and Domestic Policy Sector of the IMEMO RAS, took part in the discussion both online and offline. Zhang He, Vice Chairman of the Youth Exchange Association of Chinese Students in Russia, paid special attention to the recent Chinese experience of humanitarian cooperation. Answering questions, the speakers also discussed Russia's vaccine diplomacy and the impact of the pandemic on the United States and the countries of the Balkan region.
Then the foreign delegation got acquainted with the special economic zone of the Ulyanovsk region, which is an industrial park of several international industrial enterprises. The participants also visited the ULNANOTECH nano center, where they were told about the development of alternative energy sources, the promotion of new technologies, and the prospects of local wind energy.
A special point of the program was the discussion of "Investments in Russia in the Context of Sanctions: Expectations and Reality". Ivan Kiseev, Executive Director of the Creative Diplomacy Center and Development Director of Marriott Development (Russia and the CIS countries), and Ivan Timofeev, Program Director of the Russian International Affairs Council, spoke to the participants in an online format. Igor Ryabikov, Executive Director of the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation, became the invited expert from the Ulyanovsk side. Parv Aggarwal, the head of the Russia-USA direction in the Russian-American Youth Alliance, took part in the discussion as a foreign speaker.