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‘Russia for Russians’ slogans alarming – Putin

Some 190 ethnic groups representing all religious denominations now live in the country, the president noted

Nationalist ideas are concerning for a multicultural country like Russia, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday during a visit to Tver Region.

He was referring to a nationalist slogan, “Russia for Russians,” which promotes the idea that the ethnic majority deserves more rights than other nationalities in the country.

Russia is a multinational and a multi-confessional state, and the violation of rights of any citizens will only lead to a collapse of the country, the president warned, adding that all religions are treated with respect in Russia. He noted that 190 ethnic groups currently live in Russia with some nationalities comprising millions of people.

“When I listen to hurrah-patriots – and there are such people everywhere, in any society, including those who say that ‘Russia is only for Russians,’ you know, I get a feeling of anxiety,” Putin said.

He emphasized the importance of persevering with the multinational Russian state and warned that “destructive thoughts such as everyone else is a foreigner here” would ruin the country.

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Representatives of all religious denominations, all peoples of Russia, are “showing their best side on the battlefield today,” Putin said. “And they treat both their small Motherland and our common big Motherland in a way that, I think, no one in other parts of the world treats their homeland,” he concluded.

Putin made the comments during his visit to Torzhok air force base in Tver Region, home of the 344th Training Center for Russian combat pilots, where personnel are being trained to take part in the Ukraine military operation.

March 28, 2024 at 06:31PM

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