On the 30th anniversary of the World Russian People's Council (VRNS), Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the plenary session via video conference. Echoing the central theme of the 2023 council, 'The Present and Future of the Russian World - We Have Grown Stronger,' Putin took stock of the nation's recent achievements and outlined major challenges that lie ahead.
A Year of Strength and Challenges
Putin's address began with a summary of the achievements of 2022-2023. He emphasized Russia's regained historical regions and the country's growing strength. However, he also highlighted the major challenges ahead, including defending sovereignty, shaping a fairer world order, developing the national economy, and preserving and enhancing the population. Putin insisted that these challenges would require a collective effort.
Standing Against Global Domination
Putin described the battle for sovereignty and justice as having a national liberation character. He claimed that the Russian world had halted those who aspire to global domination. Putin defined the Russian world as encompassing all generations of ancestors and descendants, historical states, and the modern Russia that strengthens and multiplies its sovereignty as a global power.
The Unity of the Russian World
Putin emphasized that the Russian world unites all who feel a spiritual connection to the motherland, regardless of national or religious affiliation. He condemned any external interference or attempts to sow discord as betrayal and a crime against all of Russia. He praised the business community's resilience against Western economic aggression and sanctions, and urged businesses to invest in Russia, promising new support tools for national entrepreneurship.
Year of the Family: 2024
Highlighting the importance of unity and support for moral and traditional values, Putin declared 2024 as the Year of the Family. He underscored the significance of love, trust, and moral foundation in family and childbirth. The president called for preserving and reviving traditions of large, multi-generational families, asserting that large families should become the norm in Russia.
In conclusion, Putin stressed the goal of preserving and increasing the country's population as the future of the Russian world and eternal Russia. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed support for Putin, linking societal changes to the president. Political analyst Alexander Asafov suggested that Putin's message aimed to resonate with a broad audience that identifies with the values and goals of the VRNS, focusing on the conservative segment of society.