Igor Barinov: It is necessary to pay special attention to protection of languages of ethnic minorities
8:46 28 сентября 2017
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Projects on ethno-cultural development of Finno-Ugric peoples should be interesting to the youth. The head of the Federal Agency on affairs of nationalities of Russia Igor Barinov said about it on the sixth Congress of Finno-Ugric peoples of the Russian Federation, which is taking place in Syktyvkar. The theme of the forum is “Finno-Ugric peoples of Russia: civic identity and ethno-cultural diversity”. As Igor Barinov reminded, the Federal Agency had developed a set of measures for ethno-cultural development of Finno-Ugric peoples.
The Agency supports activities for development of cooperation on issues of socio-economic and ethno-cultural development of Finno-Ugric peoples in Russia within work of the UN, the Council of Europe, OSCE and the Arctic Council. Also it helps public associations in preparing and fulfilling of youth projects. Specific directions of support relate to fulfillment of socially significant projects by non-profit organizations of Finno-Ugric peoples, as he says. “On the one hand, we need to preserve history, culture and customs of Finno-Ugric peoples. On the other hand, we need to supplement projects in this sphere with the modern aspect, in order to arouse interest of young people. We focus attention in our work exactly on this”.
Also, the head of the Federal Agency gave his comments on the discussion about the role of Russian language and languages of peoples of Russia in education, noting that in the huge multinational country Russian is the language of interethnic communication, as fadn.gov.ru informs. Therefore, it is important to keep balance between study of Russian language and native languages of peoples of Russia. As he underlines, special attention of the authorities at all levels should be paid to preservation of languages of indigenous peoples.
More than 350 delegates from 42 regions of Russia became the participants of the Congress of Finno-Ugric peoples of the Russian Federation. Among them there is the President of the Russian Association of indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East Grigory Ledkov and members of the delegation of Yamal. The participants are discussing development of Finno-Ugric languages, culture and ethnic tourism, protection of ecology and health. Sections of the forum are dedicated to youth issues, information technology and mass media.