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Official says Russian press congress aimed at proving Russian press is unbiased

June 09, 2015, 11:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Moscow's World Russian Press Congress is expected to become the main tool for strengthening the identity of the Russian people

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MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. The 17th World Russian Press Congress opening in Moscow on Tuesday will show that the Russian word in the media space is unbiased and much-in-demand, said the president of the World Association of Russian Press (WARP) that acts as a facilitator of the event.

"It is most important that people living outside Russia, both ethnic Russians and those who speak the Russian language, should have unbiased information and get much broader knowledge of this country compared with the opportunities offered by other media," Vitaly Ignatenko told TASS.

The congress carries out its mission, Ignatenko said. "This is confirmed by the fact that each year the association is joined by new countries where the Russian word is a true, objective and much-in-demand. Originally, we had 26 countries, and now there are already more than 80 of them," he said.

Mikhail Shvydkoi, the Russian president’s special envoy for international cultural cooperation and former culture minister, said the congress is expected to become the main tool for strengthening the identity of the Russian people.

"If we want to speak about a self-identity of the Russian people and the Russian world today, language is a crucial instrument for building up this identity," he said.

Anatoly Makarov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department for work with compatriots, said the congress is set to expand Russia’s cooperation with the multimillion-strong society of fellow countrymen around the world.

"No doubt, this country will continue protecting the rights and legal interests of compatriots and helping them to preserve the native language, culture and traditions and the inseparable spiritual link with the historic Motherland in the countries they live," he said.

Top executives of more than 500 Russian-language media outlets from 63 countries are expected to participate in the congress. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov, State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin and TASS Director-General Sergey Mikhailov are expected to address the congress.

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