History of the association
As a German-Russian, international NGO, DRJUG e.V. primarily focuses on the promotion, support and development of Russian-German friendship and cooperation at the level of young adults. In addition, the association is active in other Eastern European countries, such as Ukraine and Poland.
The work of the DRJUG e.V. primarily concentrates on the organization of mostly one-week international youth forums where socially, politically, economically or culturally committed young adults are given the opportunity to exchange views.
The focus lays on the long-term continuation of these forums, which are initiated as part of the association, by individual former participants of other projects, or association members. DRJUG pursues a multiple strategy, trying to reach as many people as possible with its projects. In this way, active and sustainable connections between East and West should arise.
In this sense, the DRJUG association also pursues the goals of continuing the contacts of the Russian-German Youth Parliament, the expansion of existing contacts and networks between Russian and German youth and young adults, promotion of communication between the Petersburg Dialogue and the Russian-German Youth Parliament and promotion of civic engagement of young people for charitable or peacemaking purposes. It is important to note that the association is selflessly active and pursues no self-economic purposes and goals.
The managing commitee of DRJUG e.V. consists of a German and Russian co-chair. The current co-chairs are Artem Kardashevskiy and Marija Ruzhitskaya. They represent the association juridically. Moreover, they support the work of the board and are responsible for general association matters.
Furthermore, there is 5 departments in the association managed by members of the board (2 managers - from Russian and from German sides). Activities of the board cover all functional areas of DRJUG: internal communication, public relations, finance.
Artem's cooperation with DRJUG started back in 2013. He studied Law at the University of Passau (Germany) and at the Irkutsk State University (Russia). Nowadays, he works in Anti-Bribery Compliance at Novartis in Prague (Czech Republic). He speaks German, Russian, English, French, and Czech.
Co-chair from Russia
Co-chair from Germany
Marija studies Economics in Osnabrück and is working in the compliance department of a German company. She is interested in foreign affairs, and loves the football club Borussia Dortmund. In 2012, she becomes a member of DRJUG, after participated in the 8. German-Russian Youth Parliament. At the 9. German-Russian Youth parliament Marija was elected as a Co-Secretary. She speaks German, Russian and English.
Mikhail is a master student at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (World Politics Program). Interested in security related issues (e.g. disarmament and arms control, Russia-NATO relations etc.) as well as the decision making process in Germany and Russia. He is an ex-professional ice-hockey player and a keen cross-country skier. Speaks English, German, Russian and a bit French.
Pascal currently studies history at the University of Munich LMU and focuses on the post-Soviet space. Here and in addition to his studies he pays special attention to the promotion of sustainable good relations between “West and East”. Therefore, he has been engaged since a couple of years, inter alia, in organizational teams of DRJUG forums. He speaks German, English, Polish and Russian.
Ekaterina has been organizing DRJUG-events since 2015. Since 2016 she is member of board, first as responsible for finances and now as a member of resort “Internal Communication”. She is finishing her second master’s degree at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. She obtained her bachelor’s degree as well as her first master’s degree at MGIMO-University in Moscow. Now Ekaterina is tax associate at KPMG in Munich. In her free time, she takes part in various international events as volunteer. Ekaterina speaks Russian, German, English, Spanish and is learning Norwegian.
Laurenz Jelisej Hamel is responsible for internal communication and the members DRJUG. He is from Munich and is currently studying Politics, Administration and international Relations at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. He is interested in the German-Russian Relations. He speaks German, English, Russian and Italian.
I do PR job for DRJUG. I am studying international relations in the heart of Ural Mountains - Ekaterinburg, Russia. My usual day is made of my public activities: I oversee the Ekaterinburg Model UN, also I do a lot of public youth diplomacy in Urals, connecting different cultures of Russia and Central Asia. After a Trilateral Youth Forum in Kazan (2018). Receiving my MA, I work on the research concerning the modern nuclear non-proliferation regime. I am also hosting Room 360 podcasts. I have been part of the organization to 3 DRJUG-involved forums already.
Jan currently studies law with emphasis on European Public Law at Osnabrück University. Having participated in various conferences on diplomacy and international relations and being passionate about Russian culture, politics and the German-Russian relations, he joined DRJUG e.V. in 2018 and became active in the Capital Talks' organisation team. In 2019, he was elected the member responsible for the PR of the German side. Jan speaks English, French, German and Russian and takes Arabic classes.
Aisylu is a Master’s student at the Humboldt University of Berlin. The Trilateral forum “Germany-Poland-Russia” in Wroclaw in 2016 was the first project that Aisylu participated in. She then coordinated the past two trilateral forums in Bad Freienwalde and Kazan. She has continuously supported other DRJUG projects as well. Aisylu continues her work for DRJUG as a Projects coordinator.
Edgar studied Political Science and European Studies in Göttingen, Marburg and Kaliningrad. He has been a member of DRJUG since 2016 and has already been involved in German-Russian initiatives during his studies. Currently he lives and works in Berlin.
Finances and Fundraising
Frederik Büscher is responsible for the finances of the DRJUG Asscociation. This year he graduated the Westphalian- Wilhelms-University in Münster with bachelor degree and he is also council member of his hometown. He is active at DRJUG since 2014, after he participated in the first German-Russian- Ukraine Youth Forum. He speaks German, English and a little Spanish.