Compatriots from 94 countries gathered in the Tauride Palace for their fourth congress, which was held on October 26-27 this year. in St. Petersburg.
The All-Russian public movement "Orthodox Russia" was represented at the Forum by a delegation, which included the Chairman of the Central Council of the OOD "Orthodox Russia", a member of the Public Council of the Central Federal District of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Justice of Russia, Professor of the Moscow University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Alexander Burkin, a member of the Central Council of the Movement Supreme Ataman Kazakov America and Canada Sergey Tsapenko, other members of the Movement.
The international forum opened with a video message from Russian President Vladimir Putin:
"In Russia, they always remember about their compatriots, they know about the problems that concern you," Vladimir Putin assured. Supporting 35 million compatriots living abroad is a state policy, as is the protection of the rights and freedoms of our citizens, wherever they live.
The state intends to systematically deal with the protection of the rights and interests of foreign Russian communities and promote their unification, in close contact with the compatriots themselves and their organizations. "We are actively strengthening ties with them, providing assistance, including financial assistance, helping their print publications and Internet resources, we understand the importance of further expanding the network of Russian centers of science and culture abroad." - explained the president. "The plans are to open new consular offices in countries and regions of compact residence of the Russian-speaking diaspora, primarily in the CIS," Putin said.
A large-scale state program for supporting compatriots has already been adopted from 2012 to 2014, and the Compatriots Defense Fund has been operating since January (provides legal assistance). And next year, the updated state program for the voluntary resettlement of compatriots in the Russian Federation will come into force, the head of state recalled. The previous program was used by about 100 thousand people. Relocation assistance will be provided to those who want to work, study, and do business in Russia, as well as scientists, cultural figures and talented managers.
One of the main tasks is to preserve ethnocultural identity and strengthen the position of the Russian language abroad, especially in the post-Soviet space. “The federal program“ Russian language ”for 2011-2015 is aimed at this. A draft concept“ Russian school abroad ”is being prepared. The“ Russkiy Mir ”Foundation is expanding financial support (in the form of grants) for Russian educational programs,” the president said.
The head of state also highly appreciated the contribution of the Russian foreign diaspora to the preservation of the Russian language and culture and the promotion of spiritual values, as well as the desire to disseminate objective information about Russia and its achievements in the world, and noted the role of the Russian Orthodox Church and other confessions in spiritual education and strengthening ties of the diaspora with Homeland.
According to Vladimir Putin, special attention should be paid to young people - to help hold festivals, to facilitate travel to historical sites. The government was instructed to increase the quotas for admitting compatriots to universities and vocational schools at the expense of the budget, the president said. They are waiting for our children from abroad and as translators and volunteers at the Universiade in Kazan in 2013, the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
About a billion rubles this year alone will be spent on working with compatriots abroad.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's speech was an invitation to a discussion on the consolidation of the Russian world. The era of the dispersal of our people has come to an end, Governor Georgy Poltavchenko is convinced. If 90 years ago the Philosophical steamer left the banks of the Neva, on which the best minds of the fatherland were exiled, now we are talking about a large state program of support and return of compatriots.
"Do not ask what the Fatherland can do for you, it is better to ask what you can do for it, this is a new accent in the speech of a number of our compatriots. officials, and creative elites, and business representatives ", Aleksey Lobanov from Kazakhstan is convinced.
“Almost four million Russian-speaking citizens live in Germany, where, unfortunately, recently you have hardly heard a single good news from Russia. The Diaspora could do a lot to strengthen the image of Russia. new ambassadors of Russian culture in the world ", says Larisa Yurchenko.
Volodymyr Kolesnichenko from Ukraine came to the congress with good news: twenty years of pressure on the Russian language has been stopped, some regions, according to the law, have received the right to speak and work in their native language.
The participants of the World Congress of Compatriots Living Abroad, gathered in Moscow, declaring their desire to strengthen the interaction of Russian foreign communities with their historical homeland in every possible way, to make a feasible contribution to the transformation of Russia into a modern highly developed power, consider it necessary:
To express support to the leadership of the Russian Federation in pursuing state policy aimed at expanding ties with compatriots abroad, promoting the consolidation and structuring of foreign communities, preserving and developing the Russian ethnocultural space, and firmly protecting the rights and legitimate interests of compatriots. To note the positive significance of the implementation by the Russian Federation of measures of moral encouragement of compatriots, assistance to increase the authority of the diaspora, incl. by holding meetings with country coordinating councils of compatriots during foreign trips of leaders and official representatives of the Russian Federation.
Consider it necessary to continue the practice that has developed in recent years, with the support of the Government Commission on the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad, of country, regional, world conferences and round tables of compatriots, contributing to the further consolidation of the foreign Russian world, the formation of coordinated approaches to protecting the legitimate interests of Russian foreign communities. Continue the line on strengthening country coordination councils of compatriots' associations, improving the forms and methods of their activities.
To support the activities of the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots, formed in accordance with the decision of the 2006 World Congress of Compatriots and ensuring a constant dialogue between foreign compatriots and the state authorities of the Russian Federation. To approve the Regulation on the World Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots.
To support the useful work of NGOs of Russian compatriots, first of all, the International Council of Russian Compatriots, the European Russian Alliance, the World Congress of Tatars, the World Congress of Russian-speaking Jewry, and the International Association of Youth Organizations of Russian Compatriots. Strengthen the interaction of these organizations with the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots.
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