Denis Pushilin participates in opening of The Great Russian Word Festival in Crimea

On June 5, the opening ceremony of the 12th International Festival “The Great Russian Word” was held at the State Autonomous Cultural Institution of the Republic of Crimea “Livadia Palace-Museum”, which was visited by a DPR delegation headed by the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the head of the Russian Center, Denis Pushilin.

Chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko, Head of the Republic of Crimea, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov, Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov, member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Tsekov, Acting LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik, Chairman of the LPR People’s Council Denis Miroshnichenko, representatives of local self-government bodies, creative and scientific intelligentsia, clergy, Russian public and political figures, foreign guests from 42 countries  took part in the event.

In her welcome speech, Valentina Matviyenko stressed the importance and symbolism of the conference “The Great Russian Word” in the Crimea, and also noted that more and more foreign guests come to the event year in and out.

“Holding the festival here in the Crimea is deeply symbolic. This is the case when time and place cannot be changed. More than a thousand years ago, the baptism of Rus began here. Here, at the Yalta Conference, in this Palace, the fate of the postwar world was determined. The geniuses of Russian literature, composers, artists, poets were inspired here. The Crimea was, is and will always be the original Russian land,” said Valentina Matviyenko.

According to Sergey Aksyonov, the preservation of traditions is a pledge to overcome difficulties in the way of reunification of compatriots.

“Culture, language, education, our traditions will break through all the blockades and barriers. I want to wish the festival to have good practical results, and the hospitable Crimea is glad to welcome all its participants!” the Head of the Republic of Crimea addressed the audience.

In turn, Vladimir Konstantinov separately greeted those who take part in the event for the first time.

“We are pleased to note that the geography of our festival continues to expand. New regions of the Russian Federation and territories of residence of our compatriots are joining.

We welcome the delegations of Adygeya, Karachay-Cherkessia, Khakassia, Bryansk, Vladimir, Volgograd, Moscow, Ryazan, Leningrad, Samara Regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol. We are always glad to see representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in the Crimea,” noted the Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea.

We recall that the official delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic headed by Denis Pushilin arrived in the Republic of Crimea (Russian Federation) to participate in the XII International Festival “The Great Russian Word”, which will last from June 5 to June 12 in Yalta.

On June 5, within the framework of the visit, representatives of the DPR and LPR delegations met with Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov. It is planned that on June 6 representatives of the Donetsk People’s Republic will take part in the plenary session of the IV International Livadia Forum “The Russian World and the Worldwide Humanitarian Space”.

The Great Russian Word Festival is timed to the International Day of Russian Language. The event, which takes place at the Livadia Palace Museum, this year gathered representatives of 42 countries.

The history of the holiday originates in 1997 in Russia, when on the occasion of the 200th birthday of A.S. Pushkin the defenders of the native language first announced June 6 as the Day of Russian Poetry. When in 2010 the United Nations supported the idea of establishing days of languages of international importance (French, Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish and Arabic), this date, June 6, was celebrated as the International Day of the Russian Language. The holiday is held within the framework of an international programme aimed at expanding the borders of the multilingual space and supporting the equal importance of the six languages recognized by the UN as official. We add that the Russian language is one of the most popular in the world, it occupies the fourth place after English, Chinese and Spanish. The main reason for the growing interest in the Russian language is the great Russian cultural heritage.

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