20 September 2013
Topic of the day
Patriarch Kirill urges authorities to maximally consider interests of Russian people
Moscow, November 12, Interfax - The future of the whole country depends on supporting national self-identity and prosperity of Russians, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes.
"Russian people not only enjoy full rights, but also Russians should be the most important subject of national relations in Russia, their interests shouldn't be ignored, but considered with maximum attention to achieve harmony with interests of other national communities," the patriarch said on opening the 18th World Russian People's Council in Moscow.
He is convinced it is very important for elites to understand that "true Russian self-identification, based on our cultural and religious tradition, doesn't threaten Russia's integrity and interethnic peace, but on the contrary, is the main guarantee of the country's unity and friendship among its peoples."
"Future of the Russian people, their prosperity, integrity, maternity of their self-identification should be key factors in preserving Russia's spiritual and political unity. Not to consider it today means to destroy the country, to put a delayed-action mine under it," the patriarch stressed.
According to him, it happened in the field of national policy in the 1990-s when a group of scientists and politicians postulated artificial opposition between indigenously Russian and new Russian, when officials were commanded not to use the word "Russian" as it was claimed "to weaken the unity of nation."
"Unfortunately, today we can hear the statements that unity of Russian people is a fiction, we also learn about existence of new nations, not known before such "Pomorskaya," "Cossack," "Siberian." The attempts to exclude the word "Russian" mask the ideas that proved their inability to survive in the West where the voices that urge to refuse multiculture and the theory of 'melting pot' become more powerful," the patriarch said.
He urged to remember that the main creators of the national culture are Russian people, "while our culture is open and welcomes a person of any origin," and on this fact "national cultural policy of the state should be based."