"There must also be the post of commissioner for the rights of the various peoples," said Abdulatipov.
In his view, the Assembly, set up in 1998, has one major goal - "to gather together Russia's peoples and lands." He indicated that the concept of nationalities state policy boils down to bringing together the peoples residing in a multi-ethic state.
"The principal historical mission of Russia is to preserve the unity of our peoples. This is the most patriotic mission," Abdulatipov emphasized. He added that equality of each people regardless of its numbers is the democratic template for nationalities policy. "There will be no prosperity without this," believes the assembly's chairman.
Speaking of Chechnya, Abdulatipov expressed the view that the tragedy of that republic "had no bearing on the issue of nationalities from the outset."