Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 19, 2011 16:59:50 GMT -5
Russia's supreme mufti stands for introduction of Muslim education system.
Supreme Mufti of Russia Talgat Tadzhutddin has proposed that three-stage system of Muslim education is established in Russia, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported on Saturday.
"Currently, Russia is dependant on the foreign Islamic universities," Tadzhutddin said at a meeting with Grigory Rapota, the special representative of the Russian president in the Volga Federal District.
Russian applicants enter Islamic universities without elementary level of Muslim education, Tadzhutddin said. "It is like enter technical university having no knowledge in mathematics," he added.
Tadzhutddin proposed that a three-stage system including madrasahs, Islamic universities and Islamic academies is introduced in Russia.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 18, 2011 13:59:15 GMT -5
Moscow court bans 'extremist' anti-migrant group.
A Moscow court has ordered the closure of a radical Russian supremacist group that called for the creation of an armed border with the former Soviet Caucasus and Central Asian republics.
The Moscow City Court on Monday banned the activities of the Movement against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) as "extremist."
DPNI has called for a curb on the inflow of illegal immigrants and pushed for a law that would require immigrants to pass language and social communication tests.
No exact figures for the current number of illegal immigrants in Russia are available, but experts suggest there are about 4-5 million.
DPNI says it will appeal against the court order.
Nationalist riots in Moscow four months ago triggered by the murder of an ethnic Russian football fan by an internal migrant from the North Caucasus have prompted the authorities to launch a crackdown on extremism and manifestations of racism.
Last week, a court in the Moscow region shut down a neo-pagan organization, The Power of Rus, for inflicting ethnic and social unrest.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 30, 2011 16:42:09 GMT -5
Imam's Call to Add Crescent Moon Symbol to Russian Emblem Met With Alarm.
Foxnews.com By Ed Barnes Published April 30, 2011
Was it a call to bring the revolts and violence of the “Arab Spring” now sweeping the Middle East to Russia?
That is the question that swirled throughout Moscow when a top imam called for the addition of the Islamic crescent moon symbol to the Russian emblem.
The surprise call by Talgat Tadzhuddin during an interview with a leading Russian newspaper was met with alarm because the imam heads the Central Spiritual Association of Muslims of Russia, a major regional Islamic association.
As quickly as the word of the proposal became public it ignited a wave of condemnation.
“According to this logic,” Georgiy Vilinbakhov, head of Russia’s Heraldry Service argued, “we must change the name of Russia, put a green stripe on or flag and move the capital city from Moscow to somewhere on the border between Europe and Asia.”
The fears of renewed tension between the state and the Islamist were exacerbated because Moscow had just seen serious clashes between Islamic and Russian youths.
Moreover, Russia has been involved in a number of disputes along its southern tier that pit predominately Muslim populations seeking autonomy and Islamic governance against Russian troops.
In Chechnya, for example, Russia has fought two brutal wars and been the subject of major terror attacks by Islamic separatists from the region. The two most significant were the 2004 attack on a school in Beslan that left more than 300 dead and the 2002 siege at a Nord Ost theater by 50 Chechen soldiers that left at least 170 dead.
Both attacks left relations with Russia’s Islamic community in a fragile state.
In his interview, Tadzhuddin said, “We are asking for one of the heads (of the Russian state emblem, a double-headed eagle) to be topped with a crescent moon and the other to be topped with a Russian Orthodox cross. All the crowns on the coat of arms -- two on the heads of eagles and one above the middle -- are topped by crosses. But Russia has 20 million Muslims. That is 18 percent of the population.”
Tadzhuddin also said that he had presented a sketch of the proposed change to both Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin has not commented on the issue.
In the days since the proposal was made public there have been no public protests or support for the changes anywhere in Russia. And other major Muslim groups inside Russia quickly rejected the proposed changes to the emblem, which was adopted in 1472 under the reign of Ivan III after his marriage to a Byzantine princess. It was replaced when communists took over in 1917 and reestablished in 1993 after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Muhammedgali Khuzin, head of the executive committee of the Russian Association of Islamic Consensus, a much larger Muslim organization, said the proposal would hurt cultural harmony, unleash xenophobia and be generally counterproductive.
He also intimated that any changes to the Russian emblem were bound to create conflict.
The Russian Orthodox Church also rejected the idea, but suggested that flags of predominately Muslim areas might choose to add the crescent to their regional flags.
Experts in the U.S. and in Russia agree that there is little likelihood that the proposal was meant to spread conflict.
Eric McGlinchey, an expert on Central Asia and professor at George Mason University, said that the fact that Tadzhuddin was able to meet with Putin and Medvedev made it unlikely that there was more to the proposal than “an effort to recognize cultural diversity in Russia.”
“The Central Spiritual Association of Muslims of Russia has a long history of being close to the state. It was closely affiliated with he old Soviet regime and, while not exactly a state organ, it has close ties to the government,” he said. “It is not a call for revolt.”
“I don’t think that Putin and Medvedev would meet with someone who was likely to call for Islamic turmoil in their borders,” he added.
Peter Byrne, a journalist who has worked extensively throughout Russia, said simply, “It is not an issue here.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Jul 19, 2011 12:19:15 GMT -5
Russia's Muslim leader wants less coverage of terrorism.
19:51 19/07/2011 MOSCOW, July 19 (RIA Novosti)
Russian TV channels should broadcast less news about terrorism and extremism, the chief mufti of Russia, Talgat Tadzhuddin, said on Tuesday at a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
"Once an explosion occurs somewhere, it is discussed every hour for at least two days," Tadzhuddin said. He suggested instead that media outlets pay more attention to "the lifestyle of the Russian peoples, their traditions and beliefs."
Tadzhuddin also proposed in February the establishment of a "spirituality tax" to raise money for the construction of new mosques and cathedrals. The tax was to be collected from all residents of Bashkiria, regardless of their faith.
In April, he suggested adding Islam's crescent to Russia's national emblem.
Muslim minorities make up around one seventh of Russia's population. Some analysts suggest that high Muslim birthrates cold mean Islam will become Russia's dominant religion by 2050.
Praying in the streets: Muslims mark end of Ramadan.
RT.com 30 August, 2011, 17:24
Millions of Russian Muslims are celebrating Eid ul-Fitr on Tuesday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In Moscow and St. Petersburg mosques were not able to accommodate all worshippers, so people poured into streets and lanes.
The holiday, which is better known as Uraza-Bayram in Russia, offers the faithful space to reflect on daily responsibilities and find the strength to face them, Ravil Gainutdin, the chair of the Russian Council of Muftis, said.
“We have new challenges ahead, which we must overcome firmly, patiently and with dignity,” he suggested.
The celebration caused some disruption of normal life in a few larger Russian cities, which have had trouble keeping pace with the rapid growth in their Muslim populations, leaving them without enough mosques to accommodate the faithful. The solution has been to allow the people to pray right outside in the street, despite the disapproval of some residents.
Moscow’s mosques hosted 90,000 worshipers, with some 50,000 gathering in the biggest one in the city’s center. This year, Moscow’s municipal authorities opened a large exhibition center for the Muslims to visit and pray, but the novelty proved not as popular as had been hoped. Still, thousands of worshippers who found no room inside prayed around the mosques, laying down their mats on the concrete.
The situation in St. Petersburg developed in a similar fashion, with different sources reporting between 20,000 and 70,000 mosque visitors. Again, some of the worshippers prayed under the sky.
Despite some traffic jams caused by the praying crowds, no serious inconvenience was reported. Most of the non-Muslims in the streets told journalists that their fellow citizens and visiting foreigners have the right to properly celebrate according to their religion and that the discomfort it causes is minor and passing.
Eid ul-Fitr is one of the most important holidays for Muslims. The festivity ends the month-long fast which all faithful able-bodied Muslims have to observe. It includes mass prayers, family feasts, distribution of food and money to those in need, visiting of relatives and friends and paying respects at the graves of ancestors.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 7, 2011 14:39:24 GMT -5
and this story after the one above...
..would this demolition even take place unless they secretly got green light to build new mosques? Putin selling out Russia n Moscow?..
Russian Muslim leaders speak out against demolition of Moscow grand mosque.
interfax-religion.com 05 September 2011, 15:10
Moscow, September 5, Interfax - The leaders of Islamic organizations in Russia have criticized the plans of demolishing the grand mosque in Moscow.
"The issue of demolishing the historical place of worship in Moscow has been stirring the minds of Muslims for several years. It is regrettable that the demolition is initiated not by some descendant of theomachists, who blasted churches of traditional religions or prayer towers of Tatar mosques in the expanses of Russia in the 1930s, but a person who bears the highest spiritual title of mufti," a joint statement of Islamic leaders obtained by Interfax-Religion on Monday says.
Ahead of the Uraza-Bairam, the news came that the demolition of the historical building of the mosque in Moscow will begin after the end of the fast, and "this was confirmed during the festive sermon" in which head of the Council of Muftis of Russia Ravil Gainutdin "announced the pending demolition of the mosque," the statement says.
For several years, mufti Ravil Gainutdin has kept the Tatar community in Moscow "nervous by loudly declaring that the historical building of the Moscow grand mosque is not properly oriented towards Mecca and therefore poses no historic value," the statement says.
"Furthermore, he points out the similarity of the architecture of the mosque with the appearance of the Moscow grand synagogue. But that is no reason to demolish the mosque," the statement says.
Muslim leaders urged the federal authorities, the leadership of Moscow and Tatarstan, the World Congress of Tatars, local Tatar communities, public and religious figures in Russia" to raise their voices in defense of Tatar and consequently Russian Islamic heritage, noting that the authorities "have the right to demand that Ravil Gainutdin give up his insane idea of demolishing the historical building of the Moscow grand mosque," the statement says.
The statement was signed by supreme mufti of Russia's Central Spiritual Muslim Board Talgat Tajuddin, mufti of Moscow and Central Russia Albir Krganov, mufti of Tatarstan Ildus Faizov, the leaders of the Russian Association of Islamic Accord, head of the Muslim Board of St. Petersburg and Northwest Russia Zhafar Ponchayev, general representative of the Coordinating Council of Muslims of the North Caucasus in Moscow Shafig Pshikhachev, the muftis of Rostov, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan and Astrakhan regions and the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous districts, the leaders of the Russian Islamic Heritage movement and others.
Nationalist mood brewing after football fan stabbed.
RT.com 4 October, 2011, 16:50
Russian social networks are humming with calls for massive demonstrations after a young football fan was stabbed to death near Moscow at the weekend. Though nobody has been convicted, nationalists blame the killing on youths from the North Caucasus.
Tensions started to rise when two soccer fans were injured, and one of them later died from his wounds, after a brawl with youths believed to be of Caucasian origin in Podolsk, a town on the southern outskirts of the Russian capital, on October 1. A group of young people was queuing outside a dance club in the town when an argument broke out with two unknown men, a source in the Investigative Committee told Interfax news agency.
When the argument came to blows, a man believed to be of Azeri origin produced a knife and stabbed the two youngsters, one of whom later died in an ambulance en route to hospital, Interrfax reported, quoting Investigative Committee sources. The perpetrator managed to escape and is now being hunted by police.
However, soccer fan forums and social networks are providing another angle on the fight in Podolsk. Andrey Uryupin, the murdered Moscow CSKA fan, had been celebrating his birthday in one of the major shopping centers, wrote fans who had heard the news from Andrey’s friends.
The 18-year-old had invited close friends to the club, but some uninvited guests gate-crashed the party. The message on social networking sites said they were of Caucasian origin. The two groups clashed and security men pushed them outside, where the men, whom they identified as Dagestani-born, produced knives and stabbed Andrey and one of his friends, wrote one user of Fanat1k.ru website.
“Andrey, wounded twice in the chest, ran to a nearby car, but fell down. We were waiting for the ambulance for about 20 minutes, Andrey died on the way to the hospital. His friend Dmitry was injured too, but he’s now out of danger,” reads the message on Fanat1k.ru.
However, the Investigative Committee has officially stated that there is no evidence that the attack was motivated by ethnic or national rivalries. “The nationality of the suspect was not the cause of the killing and the investigation has obtained no evidence that national motives were behind the brawl,” said Vladimir Markin, the spokesperson for the Committee, on Tuesday.
The killing of the soccer fan is not the first in Russia and may pour more oil on the growing flames of anti-Caucasian sentiment. The majority of nationalists in Russia appear to be young and, in most cases, uneducated men. Such groups are easily influenced to become involved in mass actions.
Russia’s social networks are currently the platform of choice for calls for nationwide protests against government finance for the Caucasian republics. Activists have named October 8 as the date for a gathering in Moscow. Following the Manezh square demonstration in December 2010 which caused major unrest in the capital, soccer fans and nationalists are calling for an even larger protest action.
Last weekend, Moscow also witnessed several nationalist demonstrations in what is being seen as a sign of a growing tendency towards extremism among young people.
On Monday, Russian nationalist groups filed a request to Moscow’s administration for a traditional nationalist demonstration timed to coincide with the Day of People’s Unity on November 4. They plan to bring some 20,000 people onto the streets of central Moscow this year in what looks set to become the biggest nationalist show of strength in the history of modern Russia.
And it looks as if the latest young victim of knife crime may be appropriated as a martyr and symbol of the growing nationalist struggle.
Like he gives a shit about alcohol related deaths, he wants to impose Sharia law in Russia! Putin should never have made a deal with the Kadyrovs, I would have turned Chechnya into a parking lot like it should be!
Chechen leader calls for Russia alcohol ban.
17:08 14/10/2011 MOSCOW, October 14 (RIA Novosti)
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has called for alcohol prohibition to be imposed throughout Russia in a bid to fight one of the nation's biggest killers.
“The best decision would be to put restraints on vodka…What’s the difference between a terrorist and a drunk driver? No difference at all,” Kadyrov said in an interview with the tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Alcohol consumption in Russia is more than double the critical level set by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to Russia's Public Chamber, some 500,000 die annually from alcohol-related diseases.
Russia’s public health chief Gennady Onishchenko was quick to add his support for the proposal, but said it was “unachievable.”
Onishchenko called for the price of a bottle of strong liquor to be increased to $100 from the current minimum $3.
“Alcohol is so affordable, children and youth can get it,” he said.
Under current law, teenagers can buy alcoholic drinks after the age of 18.
Control over sales of alcohol and tobacco has been increased in recent years in Russia, with sales now banned at night and beer finally being classed as an alcoholic drink.
Dmitry Dobrov, the head of Russia’s union of wine and spirits producers, criticized Kadyrov’s proposal, saying attempts to impose a dry law in Tsarist Russia in the early 1900s did not yield any “series positive changes.”
“Why repeat the same mistake?” he said. Such a move would lead to a rise in the production of bootleg liquor, he added.
Mikhail Gorbachev was the last Russian leader to try to clamp down on alcohol consumption in the mid-1980s, as rampant alcoholism was already taking its toll on the Soviet Union’s economy and health system.
The campaign was dropped following a dramatic rise in the production of moonshine, or ‘samogon.’ Some drinkers even resorted to medicinal spirits and aftershave in the face of shortages of legal booze.
For those keen to hit the bottle whatever, one of Russia's most familiar institutions - the drunk-tank - is about to disappear.
Russia’s health officials have long regarded drunk-tanks as a hangover from Soviet times, and the last 12 remaining facilities are set to close down by the end of the week.
Drunks will now be delivered either to police stations or hospital.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 23, 2011 20:07:25 GMT -5
Russian jury convicts Muslim man in football fan death.
By Maria Tsvetkova | Reuters – Thu, Oct 20, 2011
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian jury convicted on Thursday a young Muslim man of killing an ethnic-Russian football fan whose murder last year sparked some of the worst ethnic violence in Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The death of Yegor Sviridov brought thousands of nationalist-minded youth on to the streets where they attacked non-Slavic passers-by in December.
The jury said Aslan Cherkesov fatally shot Sviridov during a brawl between Russian youths and the six defendants, all migrants from the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region.
The jury said Cherkesov and his companions were guilty of starting the fight and beating Sviridov's friends. The other five were found guilty of a lesser hooliganism charge.
"(The defendants) agreed to attack a stranger, using a gun," a juror said, reading a statement.
"(Cherkesov) fired at least two shots ... then fired another two shots at Sviridov -- point blank in the head and at a distance of less than one metre in the stomach."
Cherkesov, sitting in a glass-walled cage in the courtroom along with the other defendants, kept his head bowed as the juror read out the statement.
Ahead of a parliamentary election in December and a presidential poll in March, many analysts regard rising nationalism and tension between ethnic Russians and natives of the turbulent North Caucasus region as one of the biggest threats to stability, hailed by President Dmitry Medvedev and his predecessor Vladimir Putin as their main achievement.
Moscow has become a focal point for racist violence in recent years, given its combustible mix of disenchanted ethnic Russian youth and labour migrants from the Russian Caucasus and impoverished former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
After the brawl Cherkesov and his campanions were taken into custody but all except Cherkesov were later released, Interfax reported, sparking the riots in downtown Moscow.
"This is the worst possible scenario, but we were counting on it in principle," said Cherkesov's lawyer Dmitry Pankov.
"We will be appealing of course, on a procedural basis," he said. The six will be sentenced next week.
Opponents of Russia's successful bid to host the 2018 World Cup cited frequent racist incidents involving local fans as one of the reasons to play the tournament elsewhere.
With high unemployment and an Islamist insurgency raging across the North Caucasus, which includes Chechnya, many migrants from the region travel to Moscow in search of jobs.
(Writing By Thomas Grove; Editing by Robert Woodward)
A Moscow court has found North Caucasus native guilty of murdering a football fan in a street brawl and jailed him for 20 years. Thousands strong riots followed the shooting of Egor Sviridov in central Moscow in December 2010.
Cherkesov was found guilty of all charges – murder, attempted murder, hooliganism and assault. The defendant pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, arguing that he was fired the weapon in self-defense and without intent to kill.
His co-defendants, Akay Akayev, Artur Arcibiev, Nariman Ismailov, Khasan Akayev and Ramzan Utarbieyev, also from Russia’s southern republics, will spend five years behind bars after being found guilty of hooliganism and assault.
The judge said that by the verdict of the jury all defendants had found guilty of a savage premeditated attack on Sviridov and his companions on December 6. As a result of the fight some of Sviridov’s friends were injured, and Sviridov himself died of gunshot wounds to his head and stomach at the scene.
Russian prosecutors had asked for a 23-year prison sentence for Aslan Cherkesov and seven to eight years for the five other defendants.
Cherkesov's defense is to lodge an appeal to the Supreme Court over the sentence, which they say it too severe.
Answering questions from journalists, Cherkesov’s attorney, Dmitry Pankov, said he believed his client had been handed an excessively harsh sentence because the case had been politicized.
“You all understand perfectly that our case has political shadow, even though it was not a political crime,” he said.
Police arrested Cherkesov and his five co-defendants in the wake of the fight, released Cherkesov’s companions just a few hours later.
This sparked violent protests by Spartak Moscow fans and nationalist extremists who marched in their thousands to Manezh Square near the Kremlin, giving Nazi salutes and throwing flares at police in what was dubbed a race riot.
The crime rocked Russia and led Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to pay personal tribute to Sviridov and visit his grave.
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2011 12:29:33 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Moscow nationalist rally hears attack on Putin party.
Bbc.co.uk 4 November 2011
An annual rally of radical nationalists in Moscow has cheered a fierce condemnation of the ruling party by a leading anti-corruption campaigner.
Alexei Navalny, one of Russia's most popular bloggers, told a crowd of some 7,000 that United Russia was "the party of crooks and thieves".
Speaking to reporters, he defended his attendance at an event where racist slogans were chanted by the crowd.
He said the rally was an outlet for anger at the government.
It was held on Russia's National Unity Day, a public holiday introduced in 2005 to replace the Soviet celebration of the 1917 Russian Revolution.
The gathering was sanctioned by the authorities but confined to a district on the outskirts of the Russian capital, Lyublino.
Russia holds parliamentary and presidential elections over the next five months which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his allies are widely expected to win.
"This is our country, and we have to eradicate the crooks who suck our blood and eat our liver," Mr Navalny, a lawyer, yelled to the cheering crowd.
"Down with United Russia! Down with the party of crooks and thieves!"
Speaking to Reuters, he said the Russian March was a chance to "discuss problems which really exist in the society but which are taboo and are never discussed in the parliament, on television or anywhere else".
"We have problems with illegal migration, we have the problem of the Caucasus, we have a problem of ethnic crimes...," he said.
"The fact that our authorities hypocritically pretend that such problems do not exist leads to people discussing them only in the street, at the Russian March."
The Moscow rally, which was one of a series held in Russian cities on Friday, also heard racist slogans attacking non-Russians, particularly from the Caucasus region, and speeches from far-right figures.
A smaller "anti-fascist" rally was also in Moscow in protest at the "Russian March".
Large rallies by United Russia and the pro-Kremlin Nashi youth movement were also held in the capital to mark the holiday.
Last Edit: Nov 8, 2011 12:51:27 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
“Those who are fighting on the other side (Chechen militants – ed.) don’t know that Russia has always been the most loyal, reliable and consistent defender of the Islamic interests. By destroying Russia they are destroying one of the major supports for the Islamic world.”
Huge Mosque for Moscow.
themoscownews.com Source Nathan Toohey at 03/11/2011
The cathedral mosque that was demolished in September is to be replaced with one of the largest mosques in Europe.
The new massive white and green mosque will have an area of 300,000 square meters and hold 5,000 believers, with space for a further 15,000-18,000 worshipers on its grounds. The mosque is to reach a height of 75 meters.
The Mosque is to be equipped with climate control, an elevator, and even video broadcasting facilities. Plans call for the building to be finished by 2014, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported on Thursday, citing the press secretary for the Mufti Council of Russia.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 21, 2011 17:02:29 GMT -5
Looks like Putin is loosing his popularity in front of real nationalists, not his Nashi zombies, and I love the Nashi explaination, what morons!
Shame they ask everyone but the audience for why they booed! And they did not boo Monson, in fact they cheered him before the fight started! He is not your average American...^^ Russians showed him respect, why would they boo him after he lost?.. This article is such bs!
Putin booing - 'end of an era' or line for the toilets?
When Prime Minister Vladimir Putin climbed into the ring at Moscow's Olympiisky Stadium to congratulate the winner of a mixed fight bout on Sunday evening he was met by a chorus of boos and catcalls from the 20,000-strong crowd.
But while many in the media and Russia's blogosphere saw the whistles and shouts as a rare sign of open dissent against the powerful Putin, others said they had nothing at all to do with the frontrunner in the upcoming presidential polls, and were either directed against the bout's American loser or were simply the frustration of fans desperate to make it to the toilets.
"Dear friends, today is a great holiday for fans of martial arts," Putin, a judo black belt, began after Russian Fedor Emelianenko had defeated American Jeff Monson. That was when the booing began. Putin was visibly shaken, and paused for a moment before raising his voice to continue. The din only ceased when Putin praised Emelianenko as “a real Russian hero" and Monson had been led away.
While state TV channels later edited the catcalls out and made no mention of the incident, Russian and foreign media said it was the first time Putin had been publicly booed. Alexei Navalny, one of Russia’s most prominent bloggers, called it “the end of an era." He also suggested the incident had symbolic significance as it was now known to “everyone in the country, from young to old.”
"The people showed great courage [in booing Putin]," blogger Alexander Morozov wrote. "Maybe they mistook him for [President] Medvedev?" quipped Oleg Kozyrev.
The original video has already turned viral, getting 500,000 hits on Youtube as of Monday morning. "Putin gets booed" was also the top news on the country’s major online search engine, Yandex.
Olympiisky Stadium director Mikhail Moskalyov told the Lenta.ru website the booing was a reaction to the bleeding and limping Monson being led away. A careful examination of the footage shows that the booing seemed to cease when Monson had left the arena. But a lone voice then shouted “Get out!” when Putin continued to speak.
Putin supporters had other explanations fo the boos. Kristina Potupchik, a spokesperson for the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi, said in her LiveJournal blog the crowd was “anxious” to get to the toilets.
Putin, 59, who announced plans to return to the presidency next year, has seen his approval rating fall significantly in recent months. Only 35 percent currently support the premier, according to a poll carried out by the independent Levada Center last month.
Boos and catcalls that erupted during Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s speech after the mixed fight duel in Moscow Sunday night have stirred a storm in the media and blogosphere.
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2011 15:42:21 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 23, 2012 17:55:38 GMT -5
Putin: Ethnic Tensions could ‘Destroy’ Russia.
21:42 23/01/2012 MOSCOW, January 23 (Marc Bennetts, RIA Novosti)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin combined on Monday a stark warning that rising nationalism poses a threat to Russia’s very future with calls for a clampdown on “disrespectful” internal migrants.
“Attempts to advocate the idea of the creation of a mono-ethnic, national Russian state contradict our millennium-old history,” Putin wrote in an article published on his official website.
“This is the shortest path to both the destruction of the Russian people and Russia’s sovereignty,” he added in his second election campaign article ahead of his bid to win a third presidential term at March 4 polls.
He also proposed the creation of a new state agency on national development and interethnic accord.
Russia has seen a dramatic rise in ultra-nationalist sentiments since the break-up of the Soviet Union, with far-right movements prominent at recent mass protests against alleged vote fraud in favor of Putin’s ruling United Russia party.
Some 5,000 nationalists rioted near Red Square in December 2010 after the murder of a Spartak Moscow football fan by a youth from the volatile, mainly Muslim North Caucasus region.
And Putin sought to spin both sides of the nationalist coin with the promise of a crackdown on “aggressive, provocative and disrespectful” internal migrants who fail to respect “the customs of the Russian people.”
‘This behavior should be met with a legal, but harsh response,” he said.
Tensions between ethnic Russians and natives of North Caucasus republics are frequently exasperated by deep cultural and religious differences, despite the drawing up by officials of behavior guidelines for new arrivals in big cities from republics such as Chechnya and Dagestan.
Police also often blame North Caucasus youths for outbreaks of violence in provincial Russia.
Putin has faced frequent criticism over the government’s generous financing of the economically depressed and violence-ridden North Caucasus region. Opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny, one of the organizers of the recent vote fraud protests, has lent his backing to the grassroots, nationalist “Stop Feeding the Caucasus” campaign.
But Putin dismissed such campaigns as a danger to Russia’s national unity.
“When they start shouting ‘Stop Feeding the Caucasus’ a call will inevitably follow to ‘Stop Feeding Siberia, [Russia’s] Far East, the Urals…” he wrote. “This was exactly the recipe followed by those who instigated the break-up of the Soviet Union,” he added in Monday’s article, which was also published in the Nezavisimaya Gazeta broadsheet.
Putin also warned that the creation of nationalist parties in Russia’s republics was “a direct path to separatism.”
But the prime minister recognized the concerns of many ordinary people over “mass immigration” from impoverished former Soviet republics such as Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and vowed to make the violation of Russia's residency registration laws - including for internal migrants - a criminal offense.
He also promised that from next year immigrants would have to pass exams testing their knowledge of the Russian language, as well as the country’s history, and literature.
“Internal registration is part of the Soviet legacy, of the police state,” Masha Lipman, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center think-tank, told RIA Novosti. “This places limitations on the movement of people within the country and is certainly not in spirit with the constitution.”
She also suggested that the Soviet-era deportations of entire ethnic groups such as the Chechens and the Ingush had laid the foundations for today’s “ethnic crime and xenophobic sentiments.”
“Tolerance is not part of the Soviet legacy,” Lipman added. “And this is not mentioned at all in Putin’s article. He says we should teach migrants more about Russian history and values, but I don’t think he can be a moral authority on Russian values as he is so evasive about the Soviet period.”
Speaking later on Monday at a discussion on ethnic issues in the North Caucasus spa town of Kislovodsk, Putin said the Soviet Union was free of inter-ethnic conflicts.
He also called on North Caucasus elders to "educate" their young people before they headed to Moscow and other large cities with an ethnic Russian majority, noting that their "attitudes to local customs and local culture" frequently provoked "irritation."
Putin is seeking to return to the Kremlin after being barred by the constitution from standing for a third consecutive term in 2008. State-pollster VTsIOM indicated last week that his support among voters had risen from 45 percent earlier this month to 52 percent – just enough to give him victory in the first round of the elections.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 26, 2012 17:24:57 GMT -5
Putin urges tougher migration policy for Russia.
MOSCOW, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Russia should toughen its migration policy and continue to maintain a visa-free regime with former Soviet republics, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
"Russia is not going to isolate itself from anyone, but we definitely need to improve the quality of the migration policy, including labor migration," Putin said at a meeting of the Federal Migration Service.
The prime minister urged an easing of procedures for issuing work permits for highly skilled professionals and to restrict the illegal inflow of lower-qualified migrants.
"They (foreign professionals) are a drop in the ocean while they are the very people we need," the Interfax news agency quoted Putin as saying.
Putin also asked to punish those who house illegal immigrants or unlawfully legalize them in Russia.
In addition, Putin admitted that the visa-free policy with members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) had resulted in certain difficulties, but Moscow intended to keep it for political reasons.
Vladimir Putin: Russia – The Ethnicity Issue Jan 23, 2012
For Russia – with its diversity of languages, traditions, ethnic groups, and cultures – the ethnic issue is without any exaggeration fundamental. Any responsible politician or public figure must realize that civil and interethnic accord is one of the chief conditions of the very existence of our country.
We see what is going on in the world and what very serious risks are piling up here. The reality of today is growth in interethnic and interfaith tension. Nationalism and religious intolerance are becoming the ideological base for the most radical groups and trends. They are destroying and undermining states and dividing societies.
The colossal streams of migration – and there is every reason to assume that they will intensify – are already being called a new "great migration of peoples" able to change the customary way of life and look of entire continents. Millions of people in search of a better life are leaving regions suffering from hunger and chronic conflicts, poverty, and an unsettled social state.
The most developed and prosperous countries that were formerly proud of their tolerance have run right into the "exacerbated ethnic issue." And today – one after another – they are declaring the failure of the attempts to integrate the element with a different culture into society and secure no-conflict, harmonious interaction of different cultures, religions, and ethnic groups.
The "melting pot" of assimilation is misfiring and smoking – and it is not capable of "digesting" the ever-increasing large-scale migration flow. "Multiculturalism" that rejects integration through assimilation became the reflection of this in politics. It raises the "right of the minority to be different" to an absolute and in the process does not offset this right sufficiently – with civic, behavioral, and cultural responsibilities in relation to the native population and to society as a whole.
Closed ethnic-religious communities that refuse not only to be assimilated but even to adapt are becoming established in many countries. We know of quarters and entire cities where already generations of newcomers live on social benefits and do not speak the language of the country that they are living in. The response to such a model of behavior is growth in xenophobia among the local native population and an attempt to harshly protect its interests, jobs, and social blessings – from "competitors born elsewhere." People are shocked by the aggressive pressure on their traditions and customary way of life and are earnestly afraid of the threat of losing their national-state identity.
Perfectly respectable European politicians are beginning to speak of the failure of the "multicultural project." In order to preserve their positions, they exploit the "ethnic card" – they move to the field of those whom they personally used to consider marginals and radicals. Extreme forces, in their turn, drastically build up influence, seriously laying claim to state power. Essentially it is being proposed to talk about forced assimilation – against the background of the "closed status" and drastic toughening of the migration rules. Bearers of a different culture are supposed to either "dissolve into the majority" or remain a separate national minority – perhaps even one provided with various rights and guarantees. But in fact they find themselves removed from the possibility of a successful career. Let me say outright that it is difficult to expect loyalty toward his country from a citizen who has been placed in such conditions.
Behind the "failure of the multicultural project" is a crisis of the very model of the "national state" – a state that was historically constructed exclusively on the basis of ethnic identity. And that is a serious challenge that both Europe and many other regions of the world will encounter.
Russia as a "Historical State"
Despite all the external similarity, the situation in our country is fundamentally different. Our ethnic and migration problems are directly linked with the destruction of the USSR, and essentially historically – of greater Russia, which became established on its own basis back in the 18th century. With the deterioration of state, social, and economic institutions that inevitably followed that. With the enormous break in development in post-Soviet space.
After declaring sovereignty 20 years ago, the at that time deputies of the RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic), in the ardor of the struggle against the "Union Center," launched the process of building "national states," and even within the Russian Federation itself at that. In its turn, the "Union Center," trying to pressure opponents, began to play a behind-the-scenes game with the Russian autonomies, promising them higher "national-state status." Now the participants in these processes are shifting the blame on one another. But one thing is obvious – their actions to an equal degree and inevitably were leading to dissolution and separatism. And they did not find either the courage, or the responsibility, or the political will to consistently and persistently defend the territorial integrity of the Motherland.
What perhaps the initiators of the "undertaking with the sovereignties" perhaps did not realize – all the others, including people outside the borders of our state, understood very clearly and rapidly. And the consequences were not long in coming.
With the dissolution of the country, we found ourselves on the brink, and in certain well known regions – past it and into civil war, and, moreover, specifically on ethnic grounds.
We managed to extinguish these hotbeds with enormous exertion of efforts and great sacrifices. But that, of course, does not mean that the problem has been eliminated.
But even at that moment when the state as an institution had become critically weakened, Russia did not disappear. What Vasily Klyuchevsky was talking about as applies to the first Russian Time of Troubles occurred: "When the political bonds of public order broke down, the country was saved by the moral will of the people."
And, by the way, our 4 November holiday – the Day of National Unity, which some people superficially call the "day of victory over the Poles," is in reality the "day of victory over ourselves," over the internal hostility and discord when the classes and nationalities became aware of themselves as a unified commonality – as a single people. We can by rights consider this holiday the day of the birth of our civil nation.
Historically Russia is not an ethnic state and not an American "melting pot" where generally speaking everyone to one degree or another is a migrant. Russia arose and developed over the centuries as a multinational state. A state in which the process of mutual familiarization, mutual penetration, and the mixing of peoples on a family, friendship, and work level was constantly underway. Hundreds of ethnic groups living on their own land together with and alongside Russians. The development of enormous territories that filled the entire history of Russia was the joint work of many peoples. Suffice it to say that ethnic Ukrainians live in the space from the Carpathians to Kamchatka. Just as ethnic Tatars, Jews, and Belarusians do...
In one of the earliest Russian philosophical and religious works, Sermon on Law and Grace, the very theory of a "chosen people" is rejected and the idea of equality before God is preached. And in the Tale of Bygone Years (The Primary Chronicle), this is how the multinational character of the ancient Russian state is described: "Here are just those who speak Slavic in Rus (ancient Russia): Polans, Drevlians, Novgorod Slavs, Polochans, Dregoviches, Severians, Buzhans... And here are other peoples – Chud, Merya, Ves, Muroma, Cheremis, Mordva, Perm, Pechera, Yam, Litva, Korsh, Neroma, and Liv – these speak their own languages..."
It was specifically about this special character of the Russian state system that Ivan Ilyin wrote: "Do not eradicate, do not pressure, and do not enslave foreign blood and do not strangle the life of a different tribe and a different Slav, but allow everyone to breathe and give them the great Motherland... watch over everyone, reconcile everyone, allow everyone to pray in his own way and work in his own way, and recruit the best from everywhere for state and cultural construction."
The core that binds the fabric of this unique civilization is the Russian people and Russian culture. It is specifically this core that different types of provocateurs and our enemies will make every effort to try and tear out of Russia – through altogether phony talk about the right of Russians to self-determination, about "racial purity," and about the need to "finish the cause of 1991 and for good destroy the empire that lives off the Russian people." In order ultimately to make people destroy their own Motherland with their own hands.
I am profoundly convinced that attempts to preach the ideas of building a Russian "national," mono-ethnic state are contrary to our entire thousand-year history. What is more, this is the shortest path to the destruction of the Russian people and the Russian state system. And in fact any viable, sovereign state system on our land.
When people begin to shout – "Stop feeding the Caucasus" – wait and tomorrow the appeal will inevitably follow – "Stop feeding Siberia, the Far East, the Urals, the Volga Region, and the Moscow Region..." Those who were leading the way to the dissolution of the Soviet Union were acting under precisely those formulas. As for the notorious national self-determination, which politicians of the most varied orientations – from Vladimir Lenin to Woodrow Wilson – speculated on more than once while fighting for power and geopolitical dividends, the Russian people defined themselves long ago. The self-determination of the Russian people is the poly-ethnic civilization bound by the Russian cultural core. And the Russian people have affirmed this choice time after time – and not in plebiscites and referendums but by blood. By our entire thousand-year history.
A Common Cultural Code
The Russian experience of state development is unique. We are a multinational society, but we are a single people. That makes our country complex and multidimensional. It provides colossal opportunities for development in many fields. However, if a multinational society is infected by the bacilli of nationalism, it loses strength and endurance. And we must understand what far-reaching consequences tolerance of attempts to inflame national hostility and hatred for peoples of a different culture and a different faith can produce.
Civil peace and interethnic accord are not a picture that is created one time and is frozen for centuries. On the contrary, it means constant changes over time and dialogue. It is the painstaking work of the state and society that demands very subtle decisions and a weighed and wise policy able to ensure "unity in diversity." It is necessary not only to observe mutual obligations, but also to find values common for everyone. People cannot be made to be together using force. And they cannot be forced to live together by calculation, on the basis of weighing the benefits and costs. Such "calculations" work until a moment of crisis. But at the moment of crisis, they begin to operate in the opposite direction.
The confidence that we can ensure harmonious development of the poly-cultural society relies on our culture, history, and type of identity.
You may recall that many citizens of the USSR who found themselves abroad called themselves Russians. What is more, they considered themselves such regardless of their ethnic affiliation. It is interesting that ethnic Russians never, nowhere and in no emigration, constituted stable national diaspora groups, even though in terms of numbers and quality, they were very significantly represented. Because there is a different cultural code in our identity.
The Russian people are a state-forming people – based on the fact of the existence of Russia. The great mission of Russians is to unite and bind the civilization. By language, culture, and "universal responsiveness," in Fedor Dostoyevskiy's definition, to bind Russian Armenians, Russian Azeris, Russian Germans, and Russian Tatars... To bind them in this type of state civilization where there are no "national minorities" but the principle of recognition of "belonging" is determined by a common culture and common values.
This kind of civilization identity is based on preserving the Russian dominant cultural idea whose bearers are not only ethnic Russians, but also all bearers of that identity regardless of nationality. It is the cultural code that has been subjected to serious hardships in recent years, that people have tried and are trying to break. But all the same it has undoubtedly been preserved. At the same time, it must be nourished, strengthened, and protected.
An enormous role here belongs to education. The choice of an educational program and the diversity of education are our unquestionable achievement. But the diversity must rely on unwavering values and basic knowledge and ideas of the world. The civic task of education and the system of education is to give each person the absolutely mandatory amount of human knowledge that makes up the basis of the self-identity of the people. And above all it should be a matter of raising the role in the education process of such subjects as the Russian language, Russian literature, and domestic history – naturally in the context of the entire wealth of ethnic traditions and cultures.
In some leading American universities in the 1920s, a movement took shape for studying Western cultural canon. Each self-respecting student was supposed to read 100 books on a specially formed list. In some US universities, this tradition has been preserved even today. Our nation was always a reading nation. Let us conduct a poll of our cultural authorities and form a list of the 100 books that each graduate of a Russian school will have to read. Not memorize in school but specifically read on his own. And let us make an essay on a topic read a graduation exam. Or at least let us give young people the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and their worldview in olympiads and competitions.
State policy in the area of culture should set the corresponding requirements too. I mean such instruments as television, films, the Internet, and mass culture as a whole, which shape social consciousness and provide models and standards of behavior.
Let us recall how the Americans with the help of Hollywood shaped the consciousness of several generations. What is more, by introducing not the worst – both from the standpoint of national interests and from the standpoint of public morals – values. We have something to learn here.
Let me emphasize that no one is encroaching on the freedom of creativity – this is not about censorship of speech and not about an "official ideology," but about the idea that the state has the duty and the right to direct both its own efforts and its own resources to accomplishing recognized social and public tasks. Among them to shape the worldview that binds the nation.
In our country, where the civil war has not yet ended in the minds of many and where the past is extremely politicized and "broken up" into ideological quotations (often interpreted by different people in exactly opposite ways), subtle cultural therapy is needed. A cultural policy that on all levels – from school textbooks to historical document studies – would form the kind of understanding of the unity of the historical process where the representative of each ethnic group, just like a descendant of a "red commissar" or a "White officer," would see his place. He would feel that he is an heir of "one for all" – the contradictory and tragic but great history of Russia.
We need a nationality policy strategy based on civic patriotism. Any person living in our country must not forget about his faith and ethnic affiliation. But he must above all be a citizen of Russia and be proud of that. No one has the right to place distinctive ethnic and religious features above the laws of the state. But at the same time, the laws of the state themselves must take into account the distinctive ethnic and religious features.
I believe that a special structure responsible for issues of ethnic development, interethnic prosperity, and the interaction of ethnic groups must be created in the system of federal organs of power. At this point these problems are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Regional Development, and they are pushed behind the pile of routine tasks as being of secondary or even minor importance, and that situation needs to be rectified.
It should not be a standard department. Instead it should be a matter of a collegial organ that interacts directly with the president of the country and with the leadership of the government and has certain government powers. Nationalities policy cannot be written and implemented only in the offices of officials. Ethnic and public associations should participate directly in its discussion and formation.
And of course, we are counting on the active participation in this dialogue of the traditional religions of Russia. Despite all their differences and distinctive features, the basic, common moral, ethical, and spiritual values are based on Russian Orthodoxy, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism – compassion, mutual assistance, truth, justice, respect for elders, and the ideals of family and work. It is impossible to replace these value guidelines with anything, and we need to strengthen them.
I am certain that the state and society must welcome and support the work of Russia's traditional religions in the system of education and enlightenment, in the social sphere, and in the Armed Forces. At the same time, the secular character of our state must undoubtedly be preserved. The Nationalities Policy and the Role of Strong Institutions
The systemic problems of society very often find an outlet in the form of interethnic tension. We must always remember that there is a direct dependence among unresolved social and economic problems, the flaws of the law enforcement system, the ineffectiveness of power, corruption, and conflicts on ethnic grounds. If we look at the history of all the recent interethnic excesses – practically everywhere we will discover this "trigger" – Kondapoga, Manezh Square, and Sagra. Everywhere there is an over-reaction to the absence of justice and to the irresponsibility and idleness of certain representatives of the state, lack of faith in equality before the law, impunity for the criminal, and the conviction that everything has been bought and there is no truth.
When talk turns to the idea that in Russia, and in particular in the historical Russian territories, the rights of Russians are being encroached upon, it suggests that the state structures are not performing their direct tasks – they are not protecting the life, rights, and security of citizens. And since the majority of these citizens are Russians, the possibility arises to capitalize on the topic of the "national oppression of the Russians" and clothe justified social protest in the most primitive and vulgar form of interethnic rioting. And at the same time to wail about "Russian fascism" at every opportunity.
We must be aware of the risks and threats that are inherent in situations that are in danger of moving into the stage of an ethnic conflict. And in the appropriate, toughest way, without considering positions or ranks, evaluate the actions or inaction of the law enforcement structures and the organs of government that led to the interethnic tension.
There are not a great many formulas for such situations. Not to raise anything to a principle, not to make rash generalizations. A careful clarification of the essence of the problem and the circumstances and settlement of mutual grievances on each particular case where the "ethnic issue" is involved are needed. Where there are no specific circumstances, this process must be public, because the lack of operational information brings forth rumors that make the situation worse. And here the professionalism and responsibility of the mass media are exceptionally important.
But there can be no dialogue in a situation involving rioting and violence. No one must get the slightest temptation to "pressure the regime" toward particular solutions using pogroms. Our law enforcement organs have proven that they handle stopping these attempts quickly and effectively.
And one more principled feature is that we, of course, must develop our democratic, multiparty system. Decisions focused on simplifying and liberalizing the registration procedure and the work of political parties are already being prepared today, and proposals to establish the election of the heads of regions are being implemented. All these are necessary and appropriate steps. But there is one thing that must not be permitted – opportunities for the creation of regional parties, including in the national republics. That is the direct path to separatism. Such a demand should undoubtedly be made on the elections of the heads of the regions – anyone who tries to rely on ethnic, separatist, and similar types of forces and circles must be immediately excluded from the election process within the framework of democratic and judicial procedure.
The Problem of Migration and Our Integration Project
Today citizens are seriously upset and let me say outright – angry – at the many costs related to mass migration – both external and inside Russia. The question is also heard of whether the creation of the Eurasian Union will lead to greater migration flows, and hence, to the growth in the problems that exist here. I believe that our position needs to be laid out very clearly.
In the first place, it is obvious that we need to raise the quality of the state's migration policy many times over. And we will try to accomplish this task.
Illegal migration can never be precluded altogether everywhere, but it must and undoubtedly can be minimized. And on this level the clear-cut police functions and powers of the migration services must be strengthened.
But a simple mechanical toughening of migration policy will not yield a result. In many countries such toughening leads only to increasing the proportion of illegal migration. The criterion of migration policy is not in its degree of toughness but in its effectiveness.
In connection with this, the policy in relation to legal migration – both permanent and temporary – must be differentiated as precisely as possible. That in turn envisions obvious priorities and advantageous rules in migration policy in favor of skills, competence, competitiveness, and cultural and behavioral compatibility. Such a "positive selection" and competition over the quality of migration exists throughout the entire world. There is no need to talk about the idea that such migrants are integrated into the host society much better and more easily.
The second point. In our country internal migration is developing quite vigorously, and people go t o study, live, and work in other subjects of the Federation and to the large cities. What is more, they are full-fledged citizens of Russia.
At the same time, whoever comes to regions with other cultural and historical traditions must treat the local customs with respect. The customs of the Russian and all other peoples of Russia. Any other behavior that is inappropriate, aggressive, provocative, or disrespectful must meet the appropriate legal but tough response, above all from the organs of power, which are often simply indifferent today. We must look to see that all the norms needed to control such behavior by people are contained in the Administrative and Criminal Codes and in the regulations of the internal affairs organs. It is a matter of toughening the law and introducing criminal responsibility for violation of migration rules and norms of registration. Sometimes a warning is sufficient. But if the warning relies on a particular legal norm, it will be more effective. It will be understood appropriately – not as the opinion of a particular policeman or official, but specifically as a requirement of the law that is the same for everyone.
A civilized framework is also important in internal migration. Among other things this is needed for the harmonious development of the social infrastructure, medicine, education, and the labor market. In many regions and megalopolises that are "attractive to migration," these systems are already operating to the limit now, which creates quite a complicated situation both for the "natives" and for the "newcomers."
I believe that we should start making the rules for registration and sanctions for violating them tougher. Naturally without violating the constitutional rights of citizens to choose a place of residence.
The third point is strengthening the judicial system and constructive effective law enforcement organs. This is fundamentally important not only for external migration but in our case, for internal as well, notably migration from the regions of the North Caucasus. Without that objective arbitration of the interests of different communities (of both the host majority and the migrants) and perception of the migration situation as safe and fair can never be secured.
What is more, the incompetence or corrupt nature of the court and the police will always lead not only to the dissatisfaction and radicalization of the society receiving the migrants, but also to "gangland-type settling of scores" and a shadow criminalized economy taking root amid the migrants themselves.
We must not permit the emergence in our country of closed, isolated ethnic enclaves where often it is not laws that operate but various kinds of "criminal codes." And above all the rights of the migrants themselves are violated – both by their own crime bosses and by corrupt officials from the government.
Ethnic crime flourishes specifically on corruption. From the legal standpoint, crime groups built on the ethnic, clan principle are in no way better than ordinary gangs. But in our conditions ethnic crime is not only a criminal problem but also a problem of state security. And it must be treated in the appropriate way.
The fourth point is the problem of the civilized integration and socialization of migrants. And here it is necessary to once again turn to the problems of education. It should not be a matter so much of the orientation of the educational system to resolving problems of migration policy (that is by no means the chief task of schools) but above all of high standards of domestic education as such.
The attractiveness of education and its value is a powerful lever, a motivator of integration behavior for migrants on the level of integration into society. While the low quality of education always makes migration communities even more isolated and closed, only now it is for the long term, on the level of generations.
It is important to us that migrants be able to adapt normally to society. Yes, strictly speaking a fundamental requirement for people who wish to live and work in Russia is their willingness to assimilate our culture and language. Starting next year an exam on the Russian language, on the history of Russia and Russian literature, and on the foundations of our state and law should be made mandatory for acquiring or extending migration status. Our state, like other civilized countries, is willing to form and offer migrants the appropriate educational programs. In some cases mandatory additional occupational training at employers' expense is required.
And finally, the fifth point is close integration in post-Soviet space as a real alternative to uncontrolled migration flows.
The objective reasons for mass migration – this was already discussed above – are the colossal inequality in development and conditions of existence. Of course, reducing this inequality would be a logical way if not to eliminate, at least to minimize migration flows. An enormous number of various kinds of humanitarian and leftist activists in the West are advocating that. But unfortunately, on the global scale, this beautiful, ethically irreproachable position suffers from obvious utopianism.
But there are no objective obstacles to realizing this logic in our country and in our historical space. And one of the most important tasks of Eurasian integration is to create for peoples and the millions of people in this space the opportunity to live and develop in a dignified way.
We understand that it is not because life is so good that people travel miles away from home – and frequently in uncivilized conditions – to earn the possibility of a decent existence for themselves and their families.
From this standpoint, the tasks that we are setting both within the country (the creation of a new economy with effective employment, the restoration of professional communities, and equal development of production forces and the social infrastructure throughout the country's entire territory) and the tasks of Eurasian integration are key instruments for making it possible to bring migration flows to a normal level. Essentially, on the one hand, to direct migrants to places where they will cause the least social tension. And on the other – so that people in their home regions and in their small homeland can feel normal and comfortable. People must simply be given the opportunity to work and live normally in their own homes, in their native land, an opportunity that for the most part, they are deprived of now. There are no simple solutions in nationalities policy, and there cannot be. Its elements are scattered throughout all spheres of life of the state and society – in economics, the social sphere, education, the political system, and foreign policy. We need to build the kind of model of the state and a civilized community with the kind of system that will absolutely be equally attractive and harmonious for everyone who considers Russia his Motherland.
We can see the areas where work needs to be done. We understand that we have historical experience that no one else has. We have a powerful support base in mentality, in culture, and in identity that others do not have.
We will strengthen our "historical state" that we inherited from our ancestors. The state-civilization that is inherently able to work to accomplish the task of the integration of different ethnic groups and faiths.
We have lived together for centuries. Together we were victorious in a most terrible war. And we will continue to live together. And I can say one thing to those who want or are trying to divide us – don't hold your breath.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
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Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
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Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5