Опубликовано: 29 May 2019 17:09

​Representatives of the Association of the Volga region Cities gathered in Izhevsk to discuss issues of national policy

On May 29, a round table meeting was held in the House of Friendship of Nations. The theme of the meeting was ‘Strengthening inter-ethnic peace and harmony, the implementation of other activities in the field of national policy at the municipal level’.

The event was attended by the Head of the City of Izhevsk Oleg Bekmemetev, the Chairman of the City Council of Izhevsk Oleg Garin, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Udmurt State Council on Science, Education, Culture, National and Youth Policy and Sport, the President of the Udmurt Association ‘Udmurt Kenesh’, members of the Association of the Volga region Cities (Novokuibyshevsk, Perm, Ufa, Tolyatti, Nizhny Novgorod).

The round table was moderated by Vladimir Reprintsev, Executive Director of the Association of the Volga region Cities.

Welcoming the participants and guests of the event, the Head of the City of Izhevsk, Oleg Bekmemetev, stressed the importance and relevance of the topic under discussion in a series of events taking place in the world: ‘Interethnic and interconfessional conflicts today, unfortunately, are present in our lives. The challenges of the modern world within the framework of the trend of globalization dictate to us new approaches and require us to pay close attention to issues of interethnic relations. Our goal is to neutralize possible negative situations in order to preserve the environment of social harmony. ‘

Oleg Bekmemetev presented the report ‘Municipal practice of implementing the state national policy of the Russian Federation in the city of Izhevsk’ and spoke in detail about Izhevsk's many years of experience in the harmonization of interethnic relations, prevention of extremism and interconfessional conflicts.

Oleg Bekmemetev told about the ethnocultural education of the younger generation, which is carried out taking into account the peculiarities of the ethnic structure of the region and the specifics of the historically established interethnic relations of people.

In Izhevsk schools, about 2,000 children study their native languages. The Udmurt language is taught in 15 schools, the Tatar language is taught in 5 schools.

16 kindergartens also work in this direction; over 1,800 children study culture and life of their people – they visit Udmurt, Russian, Tatar and Jewish groups.

Thanks to the vigorous activity of public organizations in almost every church of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Apostolic Armenian Church, there are 13 Sunday schools in the mosques, whose work is aimed at the moral and spiritual education of the younger generation.

‘The traditions of good neighborliness and mutual respect make Izhevsk one of the quietest cities in Russia, and this is a natural result of constructive interaction of state and municipal authorities with civil society institutions,’ Oleg Bekmemetev summarized his speech.

At the initiative of the Head of the City of Izhevsk, a clause was introduced into the resolution of the roundtable meeting concerning the need to adopt a federal law on social and cultural adaptation and integration of migrants.

‘To ensure a systematic approach in this matter, federal law on social and cultural adaptation and integration of migrants is needed, which would determine the directions for the implementation of the powers of the authorities of all territorial levels – federal, regional and local. In the absence of specifying the powers of regional and municipal authorities in the field of adaptation and integration of migrants, everyone refers to solving the problem based on their own understanding and taking into account the minimum level of their capabilities,’ the Head of the capital of the Udmurt Republic explained.

Other roundtable participants also made their presentations.

Representatives of Nizhny Novgorod, Ufa, Perm, and Tolyatti shared useful experience in harmonizing interethnic and interconfessional relations in urban districts.

It was noted that the main goal of the social policy of the multinational cities of the Volga region is to create the most favorable conditions for consent and harmonization of the interests of different people living in the same territory, ensuring optimal conditions and opportunities for full participation in political, socio-economic and cultural life.

The activities of various organizations are aimed at the harmonization of interethnic and interconfessional relations: national-cultural associations, religious organizations, cultural and educational institutions, non-profit public organizations and national Diasporas.

Vladimir Reprintsev, the Executive Director of the Association of the Volga region Cities, thanked the participants for their productive work at the end of the round table. According to the results of the event, representatives of the cities of the Volga region will form proposals for amending federal legislation and send them to the Association.

‘The experience that we have, of course, deserves attention, and it should be adopted. Those suggestions and legislative initiatives that are proposed should be a big positive moment in our common cause, aimed at harmonizing interethnic and interconfessional relations,’ Oleg Bekmemetev noted at the end of the event.

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