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MOSCOW, January 31 (Itar-Tass) – The main problem of not only Dagestan, but, probably, of entire Russia is that quite often ignorance is above culture.
“Ignorance should be stopped both in the power and in the society,” Dagestan’s Acting Head of the Republic Ramazan Abdulatipov said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.
On January 28, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin appointed him, and on Wednesday he was introduced to the government, parliament and municipal heads in the republic.
First steps in the new position? “This is difficult to say.. Because realistically there is a system’s crisis, and all directions require development. Thus, I believe that the first steps are security of people … and besides the republic’s power should be mobilised, the society should be mobilised,” Abdulatipov said.
“The people are tired, the power should be cleared, the entire perception needs cleaning, the moral, cleaning of all villages and cities. Those are common tasks we all are facing,” he said.
It is unacceptable to divide interests into “federal and republic’s,” he said, as many problems originate from “discord of the federal and republican authorities.”
“One of the major tasks is to make an elementary order, to establish normal relations with people, to return their trust to the power in the republic – both local and federal,” Abdulatipov stressed.
“The next question – the youth, the inter-religious and inner religious relations.” Abdulatipov is sure support is to be given to those “working for Dagestan, for Russia. Regardless of their religious, national or any other origins.”
“The various clan systems should be in the past,” however, “if there are traditions through generations, if there are dynasties of scientists, artists, writers, poets, simple workers – this is not the case. Dynasties should be developed.”
In Dagestan, Abdulatipov continued, “people are divided into Russians and non-Russians. But people should be divided into honest, professionals, patriots, and the rest.”
“I believe the Russians who had left, I am sure, I know it, they love Dagestan and would want to return. And they left not because somebody was bad to them, but because enterprises were closed and there were no jobs. This is why I will invite those people, and I am bringing several people with me, who will be working with me in the government,” he said. “To have Russians return, it is necessary to restore the enterprises, where qualified Russian engineers used to work, and people should be secure there, too.”
Abdulatipov said that in his all offices he kept Russia’s Emblem, Dagestan’s Emblem and Vladimir Putin’s portrait, no matter what position he had. “And, besides, I keep pictures of my parents, my wife, and my children. Those are my talismans, what is sacred to me. And my sacred notions are, first of all, my parents, my Fatherland, and my country.”