On November 29 2017, the Ambassador of Switzerland Yves Rossier rendered a visit to RSUH. During his visit he delivered a lecture on the wave of populist parties in Europe. It was attended by the students and professors of the Faculty of International Relations and the Faculty of History and Philology. The meeting was hosted by the Russian-Swiss Center of RSUH.
In his lecture Yves Rossier detailed why the populism was the main political danger. The populist parties, in the view of Mr. Ambassador, are representing the interests of a small group of people as the interests of all the mankind, thereby violating the basic democratic principles. Populism is against the pluralism and civil institutions and violates the civil rights. It is therefore only the idea of a civil society, the idea of civil duties and responsibilities that can oppose populism.
The lecture resulted in a lively discussion, during which Mr. Ambassador responded to numerous questions and expressed his hope for further meetings in the walls of RSUH.