On June 5, in Yalta (the Republic of Crimea), the opening of the 11th International Festival “The Great Russian Word” was held, in which prominent political and public figures of the Russian Federation took part. The delegation was visited by the DPR delegation, which included the Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, the DPR People’s Council Chairman, Denis Pushilin, the DPR Council of Ministers deputies Dmitry Trapeznikov and Alexander Timofeyev, the head of the “Donetsk Republic” faction, Alexander Kostenko.
Compatriots from 60 countries visited the festival. The number of participants was more than 2,500 people, including 17 of Russian language and literature teachers from the DPR.
Opening the festival, the Federal Assembly’s Federation Council of the Russian Federation Speaker Valentina Matvienko read out a congratulatory letter on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, which noted that this project proved itself as an authoritative platform for professional discussion of the preservation and development of the Russian language, as well as enhancing its role in world integration processes.
In his speech, the Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, noted that the Russian language is one of the threads linking the Donetsk land with Russia, thanks to which Donbass is gradually returning home.
“I am a military man and I perceive many things from this position. I understand that the Russian word is really great and multifaceted. But for me, the word is, first of all, a weapon. And this weapon can often be more dangerous than Grads, Smerches and Uragans.
It is at such events that the most powerful weapon, which is language, is being honed, hardened and strengthened and is becoming more never-failing,” Alexander Zakharchenko stated.
After the festival’s opening ceremony, the Russian musical collective Turetsky Choir and creative bands of the Crimea performed for the guests of the peninsula, residents and participants of the forum.