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City news, 06.12.2004 16:31

Ethnic Advisory Body

Smolny City Hall has created an advisory body on national and cultural communities' affairs, RIA-Novosti reported.

The council would be formed of heads of ethnic communities based in St. Petersburg as well as representatives of the Legislative Assembly and City Hall that would be able to address "national" questions, the report quoted Alexander Prokhorenko, head of the committee for external relations, as saying.

The council is to create the concept for a policy on different ethnicities in St. Petersburg, a tolerance-education program, and will look into setting up a community facility or "House of Nationalities" in the city.

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