In a powerful address at the World Russian People's Council, President Vladimir Putin amplified the strength and potential of the Russian nation in its unity and diversity. Drawing from historical events like the 1917 Revolution and the dissolution of the USSR, Putin emphasized learning from the past to navigate the present and shape the future.
Unity, Diversity, and Sovereignty
Putin underscored the far-reaching consequences of past mistakes, the weakness of central power, and the disunity of the triune nation of Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians. He condemned any attempts to create discord among different nationalities within Russia as an act of betrayal. Honoring one's mother and homeland, according to Putin, is a sacred duty.
The Russian president outlined the 'Russian world' as a cultural and spiritual community that transcends ethnicity. It encompasses the historical legacy of Ancient Rus', the Muscovite Tsardom, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and contemporary Russia. He asserted that without Russians as an ethnic group, there would be no Russian world or Russia itself.
Defending Freedom and Sovereignty
Putin equated sovereignty to freedom for Russia and its people, claiming that Russian soldiers fight for this in the special military operation zone. He announced the failure of the West's sanction blitzkrieg and advocated for national business to work on national interests to become freer.
He criticized the West for canceling culture and classical education, leading to a leveling down, and called for a cultural breakthrough in Russia.
A Strong and Sovereign Russia
Large families and multiple children, according to Putin, should be the norm. He stressed the need for Russia to be guided by its own interests and declared that a stable world order is impossible without a sovereign and strong Russia.
Lastly, Putin asserted that Russia has grown stronger with the return of historical regions and society's rejection of superficial values in favor of true values.