Sergei Karaganov: “Nationalism is a crime against the people”

Sergei Karaganov: “Nationalism is a crime against the people”


Sergei Karaganov, the representative of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy Regarding tolerance toward migrants: it is a part of a wider problem of what we should do with nationalism in the country in general. We face the problem and see that neither society nor the elite nor the state has a clear strategy. It is absolutely obvious that if it goes on like that, we will move toward an anti-Russian trend which is disastrous for our country. If you ask me, I would say: I would declare any nationalism of minor nations ñ Tatar, Ingush, Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Russian ñ a crime against the people. And I would launch a punishment for propaganda of nationalism. Initially RussiaÖ It is a real crime against native values, root, basic things which Russia has been built on. Russia has been formed as a bouquet and a melting pot of nations. It is a millennium history. Thatís why we have survived. If we destroy this, we are dead. The problem is that we lost our way in broad daylight and try to build patriotism in the situation when a big part and elite of population are non-patriotic, nationalistic. I tell you in this case we can say goodbye to our country for the second time in recent 25 years. We got the country with a lower level of nationalism, but due to the criminal policy of the communist regime which ethnically divided the country, it was vicious for the Russian state, and we came to 1991. But the level of nationalism was much lower in 1991. If we get it today, we will see the dissolution of the country in all directions.

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