MOSCOW, January 23 (Itar-Tass) —— The civil peace and interethnic accord is a permanent dialogue, a meticulous work of the state authorities and the society, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in the article “Russia: Interethnic Issue”, which was published in the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper on Monday.
“This meticulous work of the state authorities and the society, which needs very delicate decisions, a well-balanced and wise policy, which can ensure “the unity in diversity”,” the prime minister wrote down. “It is necessary not only to observe mutual commitments, but also to find values common for all people,” the premier said. “It is impossible to make someone be together by force. It is impossible to make someone live together on intention, considering its benefits and costs,” Putin said, adding that “such “considerations” are efficient until the crisis, and they begin acting in the contrary direction at the period of the crisis,” Putin noted.
The prime minister recalled that many Soviet citizens, who turned out to be abroad, called themselves Russians. “Meanwhile, they believed themselves to be such regardless their ethnic identity,” he pointed out.
Putin noted that “the Russian people are mainly forming the Russian state.” “A great mission of Russians is to unite, bring together the civilization. The Russians should unite Russian Armenians, Russian Azerbaijanis, Russian Germans, Russian Tatars and others by the language, culture, “universal kind-heartedness”, according to Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The Russians should unite in such a state and civilization, where there are no “ethnic people”, the friend-or-foe principle is determined by common culture and common values,” the premier believes.
Education plays a major role in this issue, the prime minister remarked. “The choice of education program, the diversity of education is our definite achievement,” he noted. “But the diversity should be based on firm values, basic knowledge and ideas about the world,” he said. “First of all, the role of such subjects as the Russian language, Russian literature, Russian history should be heightened in the educational process in the context of the abundance of national traditions and cultures,” Putin said, adding that the state policy in culture, regarding the television, cinema and the Internet should be relevant.
Russia can learn something from the Hollywood, which had formed the system of values of the Americans for decades, cultivating quite good values in terms of national interests. “No one encroaches on the freedom of creativity, this is neither the censorship nor “official ideology”, but the fact that the state authorities should and have the right to exert their efforts and use their resources to resolve conscious social and public tasks, particularly to shape a vision, which unites the nation,” Putin underlined.