Russia May Become Officially “Russian”
In September, the Ministry of Regional Development sent the President’s Administration a draft of its new conception of what Russia’s national politics should look like. It is to be approved before the next presidential election in March 2008. The draft changes the current official conceptualization, adopted in 1996, with only a few amendments, but these include the newly introduced concept of “a state-constituting nation” and giving that status to Russians.
At the Federation Council hearing on November 20, representatives of the Public Chamber and the national republics made a stand against this amendment, saying that it would diminish the role of other nationalities.
At the same time, the majority of politicians and public figures believe that the term “state-constituting nation” does not in any way depreciate other nationalities nor leads to an impairment of their rights, and only serves as a quantitative evaluation. However, they specified, the issue has to be presented before the public with great caution.
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