Implementation of State Nationality Policy in Volga Federal District Discussed in Ulyanovsk Region
An annual seminar was held in the region on 28 May. Deputies of senior government officials from regions of the Volga Federal District talked about ethno-confessional relations.
During the meeting, participants discussed objectives set for government bodies and practices that are used to implement the state national policy of the Russian Federation for the period till 2025, which was approved by the President, Other topics included key aspects of interethnic and interfaith dialogue.
The meeting was attended by Aleksey Russkikh (Acting Governor of Ulyanovsk Region), Igor Burenkov (Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District), Stanislav Bedkin (Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs), representatives of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs and the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for Domestic Policy, members of the Presidential Council for Interethnic Relations, and representatives of the expert community.
“The nationality policy, as well interethnic and interfaith dialogue, has always been a priority for all authorities. Peoples living in the Ulyanovsk region have stable and friendly inter-ethnic interactions. The region has developed an effective system to manage interethnic and interfaith dialogue, and it helped to achieve balance in the ethno-confessional sphere,” said Aleksey Russkikh.
The Ulyanovsk region implements the state nationality policy using a program-oriented and goal-oriented approach. It aims to establish a dialogue between religions and cultures, to create and preserve diversity. National languages, autonomies and schools are developing; national holidays and events are held. Prevention of terrorism, nationalism and extremism is another focus area. Here particular attention is paid to young people.
“At this stage, prevention and elimination of national and religious conflicts is the most important task of regional authorities in the field of interethnic and interfaith relations,” said Igor Burenkov, Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District.
The seminar discussed various topics including adaptation and integration of migrants into Russian society, the All-Russia population census and election campaigns of 2021, and improvement of the system to strengthen and harmonize the interethnic and interfaith dialogue. The participants developed a set of measures to solve the identified issues.
The region also hosted a meeting between Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs Stanislav Bedkin, a member of the Presidential Council for Interethnic Relations Vladimir Zorin, heads of federal autonomous ethnic cultural organizations, representatives of the Public Chamber and the Council of the Governor for Interethnic Relations in Ulyanovsk Region.