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Russian lawmaker warns against detrimental policy, cites Ukraine

May 31, 9:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia's State Duma speaker in his article makes a reference to Ukraine to show the detriments of the policy that involves a search for enemies at home
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Speaker of Russia's State Duma Sergey Naryshkin

Speaker of Russia's State Duma Sergey Naryshkin

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MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. Speaker of Russia's State Duma Sergey Naryshkin, who is the president of the Russian Historical Society, has warned against attempts to bring divisions to society through 'appointing the internal foes', on the remains of which 'a bright future' of some kind should supposedly be built.

In an article titled 'The Recipes for the Future' published on Tuesday by the governmental daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Naryshkin makes a reference to Ukraine to show the detriments of the policy that involves a search for enemies at home.

"When the function of historical expert assessments goes over to amateurs and political windbags, a crisis of trust to historical research emerges," Naryshkin writes. "In the final run, true historical knowledge turns up to be unneeded by society. People including those standing at the helm of power develop insensitiveness to historical arguments, thus driving society to the brink of nihilism and the government into the risk of jolting internal stability, which is the greatest threat to statehood as such."

If this crisis of security catches the eye of external forces, the situation gets out of control.

"It looks like, it is precisely in those moments when everything should be done to consolidate society around a programme cleared of the ideological legacy of the past epoch," Naryshkin says. "This legacy put the state face to face with the frightening challenge. Yet in flagrant violation of common sense, the habitual principles are revived, with advisors who propose to apportion blame to certain people or, in essence, to activate the mechanisms of confrontation."

"Yet history, including the most recent one, teaches us that the attempts to bring divisions to society and to appoint a yet another internal foe so that 'a bright future' of some kind have always resulted in an extreme escalation, sporadic state cops and even civil wars," Naryshkin says.

It is highly regrettable that such instances occur nowadays, too.

"Suffice it to recall what happened in Ukraine," he adds.

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