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Putin: Language, fine traditions, customs of indigenous people are our common heritage

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Putin: Language, fine traditions, customs of indigenous people are our common heritage


20.03.2019

Photo: © Flickr/ Oisin Mulvihill

The preservation of an indigenous language issue is very important on a global level, stated Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

It is outlined in his message to participants, organisers and guests of Year of Indigenous Languages in Russia forum, Presidential website. The year it starts in Khanty-Mansiysk on Thursday, March 21. 

The Head of the State reminded that Russia is proud about the status of one of the major powers where more than 200 ethnic groups live together in piece and harmony. «The languages, distinctive traditions and economic way of life of indigenous people are our common heritage; they constitute Russia’s cultural and ethnic diversity and its true wealth,» states the President's message.

As Russkiy Mir reported, 2019 was declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages by UN General Assembly. It was inaugurated with an opening ceremony in Paris, where UNESCO headquarters is located. 

About 700 events and actions to be held in the frames of the International Year of Indigenous Languages which starts in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Russia has officially established the Support Fund for Indigenous Languages. One of its functions is to develop textbooks and training programs for children belonging to small indigenous peoples of North Siberia and Far East. 

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