On December 22, 2021, Rev. Olav Panchu, ELCIR Volga Region Dean, attended a meeting of the Council for Relations with Religious Associations under the Saratov Oblast Governor. Rev. Panchu is a standing member of the council. The council members discussed the strategy of the state’s ethnic policy in Saratov Oblast. Natalia Troshina, Domestic Policy and Social Relations Minister in the Saratov Oblast government, thanked the religious and ethnic associations for their active participation in the implementation of the strategy.