On the Day of National Unity – together against nationalism!

On the Day of National Unity – together against nationalism!


Nadezhda Azhgikhina, the secretary of the Union of Journalists of Rusia The Day of National Unity is approaching. The problem of the unity of Russia is being actively discussed in the press, in society. Galina Mikhaleva, representative of the leadership of Yabloko We definitely have to do something on the 4th. One cannot just sit and watch as the nationalists hold the annual “Russian March.” We have decided that we should do something. We turned to our friends with whom we have worked for a long time and of whom we are very fond, human rights organizations, organizations dealing with migrants, the union of migrant workers, journalists, and offered them to hold a joint civic forum. Although it happened almost spontaneously, there was very little time for preparations, but you see here everyone who became part of the organizing committee. On the 4th we are planning to hold a major conference, a forum. Our main idea is not just to talk and leave, because a lot has already been said, but to create by the end of this conference some kind of action committee which will coordinate the activities related to education, to meetings, events dedicated to this theme, as well as practical activities associated with help to those labor migrants that we have, representatives of ethnic and national minorities. In general, this is a hot topic and here it is necessary to unite the efforts of all those who are afraid of this development so that we have some kind of a result, in order to have an impact on the state. Sergei Mitrokhin, representative of the leadership of Yabloko Every year we see a revelry of nationalism in Moscow in a variety of forms. In different parts of Moscow various nationalist groups gather. They gather crowds of people of varying degrees of adequacy around them. And all this together, from my point of view, is the annual systematic warming-up (which is extremely dangerous for Russia) of emotions, feelings, phobias, literally dangerous because Russia is a multicultural country, and, therefore, the specificity of Russian statehood is associated with it. Inciting such sentiments is a direct undermining of our state. Ludmila Alexeeva, chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group Recently, we have been living in a space of unclaimed feelings that a lot of people together with the authorities and the media, because it’s all on TV, or in any case is broadcast in various media, that many people are engaged in an utterly hopeless in the present world and very dangerous business – trying to stop migration. One of the features of the modern world is the great migration of peoples. Having easier means of transportation, with the invention of television which broadcasts to the whole world how people live in each country, people can compare, with the emergence of such a huge disparity in the welfare of some countries, the “golden billion” and all the other billions that are not gold – all this encourages people to migrate. Trying to stop it is as in vain as trying to reverse the forces of nature. Migration in the modern world, the mixing of the population is a normal process and no one can escape it. It will continue, whether we want it or not. Therefore a modern man, if he does not like it, must somehow accustom himself to living in the modern world, because we were born into this world. This is ordinary xenophobia, when I do not like the fact that a neighbor in the stairwell has a different shape of nose, has an accent in Russian or does not speak Russian at all. It’s all nonsense. We are accustomed to not liking America. It is a very widespread feeling nowadays. But regardless of whether we love it or not, we have to admit that this is one of the richest and most powerful, one of the most successful countries in the modern world. Why? Because for centuries America has been a melting pot which has not opposed this normal process of the mixing of races,nationalities and cultures. Our government, unfortunately, in my opinion, in this regard is one of the most backward groups of the population because instead of explaining to people, convincing them of the need for a peaceful and friendly coexistence and benefiting from the mixing of cultures, knowledge and habits, they have launched this shameful, perhaps, anti-immigrant campaign. I am very proud that the human rights community to which I belong has always adhered to the famous Christian truth that there is neither a Hellen, nor a Jew – all the people, regardless of their nationality, race or culture, all the people have equal rights and have human dignity. Their rights, their dignity must be respected, regardless of whether it we are talking about whether they have been born in Moscow, in the country or have moved here. We will become used to it, we’ll have to do it. And we will be ashamed when we think about such periods in our history, as we have now when this terrible, shameful, medieval anti-migrant campaign is going on.

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