“Tatarstan should perform the function of uniting the entire Tatar diaspora” — RealnoeVremya.com
The first President of Tatarstan, State Councilor of the Republic, Mintimer Shaimiev, spoke at the plenary session of the 8th Congress of the World Congress of Tatars. In his speech, he turned to the events of 30 years ago, recalling how Tatars from all over the world first came together in their historic homeland.
“At the first congress, I declared that our congress is ‘a large authorized forum representing Tatars from all over the world and capable of making official statements on behalf of all Tatars’. And we no longer doubted that we were on the historically correct path. We came to a common opinion that we are obliged to think about the Tatar nation as a whole and that Tatarstan should perform the function of uniting the entire Tatar diaspora and positively influencing the national policy of Russia. Over the past thirty years, our congress has worked very consistently in this capacity,” the first president of Tatarstan said.
Mintimer Shaimiev drew attention to the fact that in the 1990s, Tatarstan, thanks to a balanced national policy and more citizen-friendly approaches to carrying out economic reforms, managed to increase its authority.
“It is gratifying to realize that during the years of perestroika of the last century, we had the sense to preserve and strengthen the integrity of the Russian Federation, not to lose face, to be creators and to pursue a policy in line with the aspirations of the Russian people,” he said.
Mintimer Shaimiev recalled that this year Russia celebrates the 1100th anniversary of the official and voluntary adoption of Islam by Volga Bulgaria. According to him, events dedicated to the anniversary date should not be limited to 2022. He offered to develop a special program with the participation of the Tatar public and the authorities.
“We couldn’t even dream of it before. For this, we express our deep gratitude and great gratitude to the leadership of the country, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Celebrating the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam is a wise and just decision by the leader of a multinational and multi-faith country,” said Mintimer Shaimiev.
The 8th Congress of the World Tatars Congress was held in Kazan. The plenary session was held at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Center.