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Putin: Patterns of terrorists that blew up Volgograd bus are well-known

October 22, 2013, 18:04 UTC+3

In memory of victims, the head of state asked for a minute of silence

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Klimentyev

Photo ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Klimentyev

UFA, October 22. (ITAR-TASS). — The patterns in crime of terrorists who committed the explosion of a bus in Volgograd, is well known, as stated on Tuesday by President Vladimir Putin at the Celebration of the 225th Anniversary of the Central Spiritual Board of Muslims of Russia.

"Yesterday in Volgograd a crime was committed. We know the patterns of these people, these criminals, terrorists, who already killed a lot of people in our country, including representatives of the Islamic clergy," the President noted with regret.

He noted that there were also victims in yesterday's attack. In their memory, the head of state asked for a minute of silence.

‘To spare no effort to settle nationality policy problems’

Vladimir Putin has urged to spare no effort to settle problems of the nationality policy.

“This problem is topical not only for us, it is topical for all developed countries,” he said on Tuesday at a meeting of the presidential council on interethnic relations. In his words, many countries are facing such problems. “Some of our foreign colleagues speak about the failure of the nationality policy,” he noted.

“We have no right even to think about it, let alone to speak about it,” he stressed.

He hailed the activity of Muslim organizations that promoted interethnic and inter-religious accord. He said that the key task now was to cultivate in young people the spirit of mutual respect that was based on feelings of patriotism and nationwide mentality.

He stressed that interethnic conflicts must be nipped in the bud at local levels, i.e. at an initial stage. In this connection, he called on the local authorities to lend a more keep ear to people’s needs. “It should be born in mind that interethnic discord, as a rule, emerges at local levels and it is necessary to block them in due time,” Putin said. “Local-level officials, regrettably, often prefer to do arm-chair work, which is next to no use, especially when such officials are practically unreachable.”

Putin noted that in Moscow’s Biryulyovo district, which saw interethnic riots earlier this month, people’s discontent had been growing for years before sweeping out. “People turned to the police, to the local administration, to the district administration,” he noted.

“Do we need the authorities, if they do not want to be aware of the situation in the localities, do not take any measures and do not listen to people?” Putin said. He called for systemic and thorough work to enhance interethnic accord in the country.

“One-time emergency measures to settle interethnic conflicts are inefficient, Putin said on Tuesday at a meeting of the presidential council on interethnic relations. Systemic methods and approaches, which are fixed in the strategy of state nationality policy, are needed, he stressed.

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