Last weekend Chairman of the DPR People`s Council Denis Pushilin attended the opening ceremony of the X International Festival “The Great Russian Word” and participated in the II Livadia Forum “Russian World: Problems and Prospects”.
The International Festival “The Great Russian Word” was attended by Chairman of the Russia`s Federation Council of the Federal Assembly, Valentina Matviyenko, authorities of Russian regions and representatives of the international community, as well as delegations from the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Opening the festival, Valentina Matviyenko wished fruitful work to the forum participants, having added that the scope of the festival “The Great Russian Word” should be broadened next year, including giving it a higher international status.
“Crimea has always been home to representatives of all the peoples living here. And over the ages, the Russian language has become the main means of inter-ethnic dialogue on the peninsula. I am convinced that this festival will significantly contribute to strengthening the position of the Russian language “, Valentina Matvienko noted.
Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov described from the stage how the festival “The Great Russian word” began.
“I remember how this festival started, what difficulties we faced when organizing this event, how officials opposed us, and how in spite of that people gathered – those who wanted to protect their language and culture. The festival has become one of the steps on the way home, to Russia “, Sergey Aksyonov said.
In his address at the opening of the II Livadia Forum, Denis Pushilin pointed out that what is happening today in Ukraine and, above all, manifestations of nationalism have become clear evidence of what the destruction of a country`s real history may lead to.
“Most of the citizens are already intimidated by the nationalist minority, and Ukraine has proved to be in such a state, in which it won`t be able to exist long, and it will never return to unitarity. I want to highlight that we have no right to ignore or write off such a huge number of people who are, in fact, hostages in the territory of Ukraine today”, Denis Pushilin said.
During the forum, the participants touched upon a number of topics concerning influence, importance and purity of the Russian language and speech. Also, the topic of creation of a unified strategy for the development of the Russian world was raised. The forum participants were presented with certificates of honour and thank-you notes of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic.