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MOSCOW, June 10. /TASS/. In his welcome address to participants and guests of the XVII World Congress of Russian Press to be formally opened Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the event contributes to the development of humanitarian cooperation in the world.
"Your traditional forum has long become a big and important event in the public life of Russia and other states," the address says. "It serves the development of international humanitarian cooperation, promotion of the best journalistic experience, reinforcement of professional and personal contacts."
Putin said the current congress is taking place in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Great Victory over Nazi Germany, so the issue of preservation of the common historical memory has become central for Russian and foreign Russian-language publications.
"I will note your significant role in fair, unbiased coverage of events of the Second World War, in countering attempts to falsify historic facts," he said. "The Victory was won by a huge, excessive price, and no one has the right to review its results, revise its lessons."
The Russian head of state said he hopes the congress will give a boost to joint promising projects.
The forum is expected to give its assessment to challenges and risks that emerged in connection with international public and political events of the past year, their influence upon the life of Russian-language communities and reflection in Russian foreign media.
Development of a common global Russian information space and cooperation of the journalistic community for objective coverage of events in Russia and abroad, the life of compatriots and all Russian native speakers will be discussed during plenary sessions and at discussion sites.
The XVII World Congress of Russian Press will work in Moscow on June 10-12. It will involve more than 500 Russian-language foreign media from 63 countries. The congress is the highest forum of the World Association of Russian Press, it is open for all Russian-language media of any formats, including those not members of the association. The forum is held under the auspices of the Russian News Agency TASS.