The International Chodiev Foundation was established in 1996 by international businessman and philanthropist Dr Patokh Chodiev.
Having graduated magna cum laude from MGIMO, twenty years earlier, Dr Chodiev had maintained close ties with the University and decided to set up a charitable foundation that would help his Alma Mater to fulfil its intellectual potential.
The first project of the International Chodiev Foundation was the creation of an award and grant program to recognise the academic achievements of existing MGIMO students. This was expanded shortly afterwards to include a scholarship program that would allow talented students, who would not otherwise have an opportunity, to progress their education. Over the next two decades these initial projects would extend into global programs that today encompass nearly all aspects of the University.
Yet the work of the International Chodiev Foundation does not end there. Driven by an ambition to provide life changing assistance to those in need, over the next few years the Foundation began to explore partnerships with other schools, children’s homes and medical centres and we became increasingly acclaimed for our work in the field of humanitarian aid and education.
In 2002, the Foundation received an official message of thanks from Russian Patriarch Alexy II for our efforts “to preserve and expand Russia’s future intellectual potential” through the establishment of an educational institution for gifted children, founded in cooperation with the Lomonosov Moscow State University.
In that same year, the Foundation aided the reconstruction of a church-run orphanage in Moscow and subsequently partnered with the Odessa Rehabilitation Center – “House with an Angel” – with which we have now worked for over twelve years, providing treatment for children with cerebral palsy.
In addition to our educational and humanitarian work, and driven by Dr Chodiev’s deep-rooted love of the Japanese culture and language, which he studied at MGIMO, the International Chodiev Foundation has developed a broad range of intercultural activities between Japan and Russia over the last few decades, with a view to forging closer links between the two countries.
Starting with the sponsorship of cultural events such as the Shostakovich music festival in Tokyo in 1998 and events around the development of the Russia Japan Treaty in 2000, the International Chodiev Foundation has gone on to partner and organise a host of Japanese cultural activities, in addition to supporting international research and educational placements for top MGIMO students in Japanese universities.
Since 2009, the International Chodiev Foundation has been the main sponsor of J-Fest, a popular annual festival of contemporary Japanese culture in Russia, and in 2015, the Foundation began to sponsor Russian Culture Days in Japan, gathering together more than 900 cultural experts from Russia to promote Russian theatre, cinema and exhibitions.
As testament to Dr Chodiev’s appreciation of Japanese art and tradition, the International Chodiev Foundation rescued the Itchiku Kubota Museum from financial difficulty in 2011 and preserved its world-famous collection of Japanese kimono. Since 2013, exhibitions of the kimono have been held in 14 countries around the world including Russia, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, USA and Canada, and Kubota’s kimono have been seen by more than 500,000 visitors.
Since 1996, the International Chodiev Foundation has evolved into a global philanthropic center for education, academic research, the arts and humanitarian causes. We look forward to our continued role in helping to build a more healthy, educated and peaceful society over the next twenty years, and beyond.