DPR delegation takes part in plenary session of The Russian World and the World Humanitarian Space forum in Crimea
On June 6, in the White Hall of the State Autonomous Cultural Institution of the Republic of Crimea “Livadia Palace-Museum”, a plenary meeting of the IV International Livadia Forum “The Russian World and the World Humanitarian Space” was held. The event, which is held within the framework of the 12th International Festival “The Great Russian Word”, was visited by the official delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic headed by the Chairman of the People’s Council of the People’s Democratic Republic of Russia, 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, Acting LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik, Chairman of the LPR People’s Council Denis Miroshnichenko took part in the plenary session.
Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov during his speech stressed that the topic declared at the forum “The Great Russian Word” is not limited to the protection of the native language, it boils down to the search for the spiritual and philosophical foundations of the Russian world.
“Speaking about the Russian world in the context of the global humanitarian space, we must understand that the “great Russian word,” which Anna Ahmatova called us to protect, is not just our native language. These are the meanings that are set out on it. This is the mission that only our people can do, only people full of traditions and principles of our culture, sharing our ideas about the Good and the Evil. This is the spiritual foundation on which the entire building of the Russian world is held,” Vladimir Konstantinov emphasized.
According to him, the Russian world is now experiencing a critical moment of its development.
“Today we cannot just sit there and wait for justice to triumph by itself. Its triumph should be actively helped. It’s time for us to master and improve peaceful means of protecting the rights, interests and values of the Russian world,” said Vladimir Konstantinov.
Head of the Republic Sergey Aksyonov called the Crimea a powerful pole of attraction of the whole Russian world.
“The scale and representativeness of the forum is clear evidence that the development and protection of the Russian language and Russian culture as an integral part of the global humanitarian space, strengthening the unity of the Russian world have become a truly common thing for millions of people of different nationalities, ages, and professions. We are divided by distance and borders, but united by love for Russia! We are united by the Crimea, which was, is and will always be a powerful pole of attraction of the whole Russian world!” said Sergey Aksyonov.
In the opinion of the Head of the Republic of Crimea, efforts of studying and spreading of the Russian language are not enough for the effective upholding of the interests of Russia and the rights of compatriots.
“We need a powerful, clearly formulated concept of the Russian world as a worldview model. This concept should find its reflection on the legislative level, receive comprehensive political, legal, financial, information support of the state. To implement this concept, officials at all levels should work, a state machine should work,” Sergey Aksyonov emphasized in his speech.
He recalled that at the previous forum he had already proposed to introduce a full migration amnesty for residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
“I have already talked about the need for a full migration amnesty for residents of Novorossiya. The fact that a more meaningful and less formal, less bureaucratic approach is needed in the implementation of programmes related to the resettlement and arrangement of our compatriots. This fully corresponds to the strategic interests of our country.
I repeat: the concept of the Russian world should be based on a powerful ideological foundation. These ideas should be understandable and attractive to people all over the world. Some of these ideas, in my opinion, have already been voiced. At least, they deserve attention and discussion. For example, the idea that the values of freedom, democracy, human rights cannot depend on certain abstract global standards. These values should have support in the traditional for the peoples of the Russian world concepts of morality and morality, comply with our traditions and the idea of the state and society as a large family with its own way of life and hierarchy,” the Crimean politician said.
Sergey Aksyonov added that the Crimeans have been cut off from Russia for many years, that’s why they are especially keenly aware of their involvement in the Russian world.
“For almost a quarter of a century we opposed the aggressive Ukrainization and Russophobia. We preserved our history, our identity, our spiritual and cultural values, and defended our freedom. Therefore, we are particularly keenly aware of our involvement in the Russian world and our responsibility for its destiny, for the restoration of its unity. In fact, our peninsula is a miniature model of the Russian world. As history shows, it is in its orbit that our peninsula reaches its peak,” summed up the Head of the Republic of Crimea.
Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matviyenko thanked the forum participants for their active life position and selfless devotion to Russian culture.
“Dear friends! The multimillion Russian world unites all those who sincerely love Russia, share its values, traditions, culture, and are ready to defend them. In the avant-garde of this international movement are our native, beloved compatriots.
The discussions in the sections convincingly demonstrated and proved that, thanks to your energy and selfless devotion to Russian culture, interest in our country, its history, educational and scientific potential is not weakening.
I also want to express my gratitude to our foreign associates, who are developing Russian culture around the world. In the world there is a huge number of public organizations that unite the friends of the Russian language, people who are interested in Russian culture. There are about three hundred different societies only connected with the name of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin! All those who are involved in the activities of these organizations are friends of Russia, introducers of reliable information about how Russia lives today. Today, when false accusations and provocations against our country are multiplying, the Russian world especially needs your support,” Valentina Matviyenko noted.
According to her, the persecution of the Russian language is becoming an element of a conscious state policy in some countries, and this needs to be counteracted more resolutely.
“Somewhere restrictions are imposed on its study and use, and somewhere, such as in Latvia and Ukraine, laws are adopted aimed at completely eliminating the native language of millions of citizens from the education system. At the same time, the activists who advocate the rights of Russian schools are being subjected to threats and reprisals…
Such trends must be countered actively, we must be more assertive than we are about it. We need to use the entire available arsenal and relevant international organizations, the potential of European and other international resolutions, and our partners in the parliamentary line. I think that all of us here lack activity and assertiveness,” the politician noted.
Addressing the forum participants, the senator called for active joint actions aimed at protecting the rights and interests of compatriots.
“Today I appeal to you: let us continue to defend the Russian world and the great Russian language as vigorously together! To protect the rights and interests of our compatriots and all friends of Russia,” summarized Valentina Matviyenko.
Representative of the DPR delegation, associate professor with the International Economics Department of Donetsk National University, a member of the DPR Writers’ Union, member of the Writers’ Union of Russia Anna Revyakina drew the attention of the participants of the international forum that now residents of the Donbass pay a huge price for speaking Russian.
“I am a poet, and I will speak now as a Russian poet, as a poetic voice of the Donbass. I will now say a terrible, wild, bloodcurdling thought. Not even the truth, which can be many, but the truth: we are being murdered for being Russians. Exactly the same way Cain killed Abel. And every day the price of war only increases. And it will not be less! At war there are no discounts or sales, we pay a huge price for speaking Russian. For feeling Russian, for being included in a single cultural space of the Russian world,” said Anna Revyakina.
According to her, the Donbass has always been, is and will be a part of the Russian world.
“The Donbass is part of the Russian world, we are in a single language and cultural field with Russia. I will develop Russian culture the way I can, like a poet. I will promote and develop it. And there are many people like me in Donetsk. A million! I can give many examples of exactly people’s diplomacy, which is often stronger and more humane than state diplomacy. It embraces the cooperation of scientists, medics, sportsmen, cultural figures, writers, poets, this is the cooperation with the Russkiy Mir Foundation and the integration programme of the Russian Center, this is the participation in the worldwide action “Total dictation”, the development of dictionaries and cooperation with the Writers’ Union of Russia, preservation of the traditions of Russian classical literature, which goes back to Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy. I can give many examples, but not about them, but in the matter.
People have undertaken historical responsibility on their shoulders and believe that the Russian idea cannot be destroyed. We can be killed, but not broken. The Donbass and Russia have a common trouble and a common victory. In the Immortal Regiment of Donbass there are a lot of Russian names, in the Immortal Regiment of Russia there are a lot of those who released the Donbass 75 years ago. How many times they tried to destroy the Russian idea and always failed? Yes, we want peace! This is our biggest dream, but no one ever dictated to the Russian world the conditions of peace,” Anna Revyakina summed up her speech.
Representatives of the Donetsk People’s Republic for the fourth time take part in the work of the Livadia Forum. As the head of the DPR delegation, Denis Pushilin, told the press service of the People’s Council, from year to year the forum raises the most acute and pressing issues, among which is strengthening the positions of the Russian world.
“Representatives of the Donetsk People’s Republic for the fourth time take part in the work of the Livadia Forum. From year to year, the forum raises the most pressing and pressing issues, among which are strengthening the positions of the Russian world and the Russian language, supporting Russian culture, developing international cooperation in the humanitarian sphere and, of course, fighting against Russophobia, which has plagued many modern social and political figures.
In my opinion, it is important not to stop at the stage of discussing the existing problems. We need active actions, programmes, and interaction. It is an integrated approach with the support at the state level that will help move forward in addressing the problems and challenges the Russian world faces today,” the Speaker of the DPR Parliament said.
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 The Great Russian Word International Festival, which will last from June 5 to June 12 in Yalta.
Yesterday, 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. Also on that day, DPR delegates took part in the opening ceremony of the festival “The Great Russian Word” in Livadia.
The festival is timed to coincide with the International Day of the Russian Language. 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.