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Council for Interethnic Relations Presidium meeting

March 17, 2023

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Magomedsalam Magomedov chaired the first meeting in 2023 of the Council for Interethnic Relations Presidium.

Opening the meeting, Magomedsalam Magomedov said that, despite the West’s attempts to use Russia’s multi-ethnicity as one of the fault lines of Russian society, there is a noticeable consolidation of the multi-ethnic nation.

This is confirmed by the indicators of sociological studies, according to which the people’s positive view of the state of interethnic relations in the country as a whole has increased to 80.7 percent, which is three percent higher than in 2021.

Head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs Igor Barinov reported on the work that has been done and the activities scheduled to be held in the new constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The broad participation of ethno-cultural public associations under the agency’s leadership in providing assistance to participants in the special military operation and residents of the liberated territories was also noted.

The meeting participants summed up the results of the Scientific Research Programme related to studying the ethno-cultural diversity of Russian society and aimed at strengthening the national identity, implemented in 2020–2022. Valery Tishkov, Deputy Chairman of the Council Presidium and Co-Chairman of the Russian Academy of Sciences Scientific Council on Interrelated Problems of Ethnicity and Interethnic Relations, delivered a report. It was noted that in the coming three-year period, the Scientific Research Programme should focus on topical issues in the field of state national policy, taking into account new challenges and threats.

At the end of the meeting, a competition for the presidential prize for promoting the unity of the Russian nation was launched.

Following the meeting, a number of relevant decisions was made.

March 17, 2023