Russia will develop as democratic state, defend Christian values - Putin
Putin also added that Russia will defend Christian values and morality. According to Putin, Russian government considers it only natural and right to defend traditional Christian and moral values.
"We need to respect the rights of all minority groups, but we also must respect the rights of the majority population. These rights should not be questioned ", said Putin. “Without the values embedded in Christianity and other religions and without the evolution of moral standards, people will inevitably lose their human dignity."
"Events that take place in the world represent one more serious challenge to the Russian identity. There are foreign policy and moral aspects to this. We have been able to see many Euro-Atlantic countries effectively embark on a path of renouncing their roots, including Christian values, which underlie Western civilization," Putin said.
"That involves the negation of moral principles and any traditional identity - national, cultural, religious, or even sexual," he said.
"Policies are pursued that put large families and same-sex partnerships in the same category, belief in God and belief in Satan. Excesses of political correctness reach the point where there are serious discussions on the registration of parties that have propaganda of pedophilia as their objective. People in many European countries are ashamed and afraid of speaking about their religion, holidays are abolished or given other names, names that shyly conceal the nature of those holidays, and aggressive attempts are made to force this model on the rest of the world," Putin said.
"This is a direct path to degradation and primitiveness, to deep demographic and moral crises," he said.
"What can be a better indication of a moral crisis in human society than its loss of the ability for self-reproduction?" Putin said.
"People will inevitably lose their human dignity without values enshrined in Christianity and other world religions, without moral standards that have taken millennia to take shape," he said.
"We believe that it is natural and appropriate to defend those values. Any minority deserves respect for its distinctive identity, but the rights of the majority must not be questioned," Putin said.
Russians need to stop viewing their country's history as a ‘bad start’ and should learn to be proud of it.
"Criticism is absolutely necessary but without a sense of self-worth, with no love for the Motherland, this criticism is humiliating and counterproductive . We should be proud of our history, and we have a lot to be proud of”, said Putin. Putin added that “Russian history should serve as a basis for a strong national identity. At the same time, however, Russian people have to break away from the troubles of the past century. We can no longer engage in self-deception. We can no longer merely turn over an ideologically inconvenient page creating generational gap and going to extremes creating or debunking heroes", said Putin.
Vladimir Putin is also in favor of the Soviet experience regarding the support of national minorities and preservation of national identity. "It was interesting for me to learn that in the Soviet times, nearly every ethnic minority had its national edition which promoted national literature and language. In this respect, we need to go back and adopt much of what has been done before", Putin said.
Russia still needs a distinct "national identity," President Vladimir Putin added.
Soviet ideology is gone for good and "impossible to bring back," Putin said during a meeting of the Valdai discussion club.
The idealization of pre-1917 Russia and pro-Western "ultra-liberalism" are also roads to no man's land, he argued.
"It's obvious that we can't move forward without cultural and national self-determination. Otherwise we won't be able to respond to external or internal challenges, we can't be successful in global competition," he said, adding that today there is a new wave of economic competition and competition of ideas across the world.
"Military policies are responsible for an exacerbating situation. The world is increasingly brutal. At times, it is not just international law but elementary decency that gets flouted," he said.
Russia needs to be economically, militarily and technologically powerful, he insisted. However, it is the "acquisition and strengthening of national identity" that "is of fundamental significance to Russia," he said.
He accused Russia's state of doing no work after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 to build the country's new identity.
The absence of a national ideology served the interests of the part of the elite that "preferred to steal," while "the people didn't accept crude borrowings and attempts to civilize Russia from without," he said.
Voice of Russia, Interfax