On October 1, the 16th World Russian People’s Assembly “Frontiers of History – Frontiers of Russia” opened at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral. This forum, in which clergymen, politicians and public personalities are participating, should formulate a concept of civilized identity of Russia. Head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov delivered a speech at the forum.
The Kommersant daily reported that the forum opened for the debates of the main theme – “Frontiers of History – Frontiers of Russia”. Speaking at the forum head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov stated about a fair and unbiased approach to the history of the country. He sees in this approach “a necessary step for the consolidation of the society, historic reconciliation and the relief from the burden of previous confrontations, which each people has in the history.” Ivanov is convinced that “the continuity and the constant nature of Russian history should be restored, and the country’s history should be relieved from any myths and biased assessments, outstanding victories and bitter defeats, which throw the country for many decades in the past, should be integrated in the canvas of the common political picture.” (“The science of reconciliation and accord”).
The Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reported that opening the forum Patriarch Kirill was speaking about the attempts “to rewrite Russian history, eradicate from the national memory or present the key events in the dark light.” He noted the Baptism of Rus, the Battle of Kulikovo and the responsibility for the beginning of the Second World War are among the ‘falsified’ topics of history. The wrong interpretations of historical events lead to the refusal of the younger generation from “their ancestors and their heritage”, he said.
The Moskovsky Komsomolets daily cited Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko noted that the Russian national character, which combines the love for freedom and the ability to live together with other peoples, has been formed thanks to the Orthodox Christianity. She also urged to develop the state-forming role of the Russian people, use its ‘soft power’ for the consolidation of unity in the country. “It is important to urge the intellectual elite to stop raking up their past with the focus on the search for any mistakes. Enough of self-revelation! Our history is a history of a combat and labour feat and with a careful attitude to it this will give the answers where we should go and what our national idea is about,” Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky recalled about the intelligentsia in Russia.