COMMON VALUES OF ALL RELIGIONS OF RUSSIA ARE GUARANTEE OF STABILITY OF THE STATE, PUTIN THINKS
Interfax-Religiia, 12 September 2019
The common moral and ethical values of all religions represented in Russia are the guarantee of the stability of the Russian state, Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks.
"We have a multiconfessional country, but if one looks more attentively, at the base of all our confessions the values are identical. As regards the moral and ethical components, they are practically all the same," Putin said in Botlikh on Thursday at a meeting with Dagestani militias who participated in the battles against terrorists in August and September of 1999,
"The fact that such an attitude toward these values has been preserved among our peoples is the main guarantee of our governmental stability," the president noted.
Putin also called attention to the fact that in recent years in Dagestan, 2,000 mosques have been built. "Those who came here with weapons in their hands, under the banner of Islam, would never have built so many mosques here," he noted.
The president thanked the Dagestanis, who assured him that both they and their already grown children "will stand wherever necessary" for the defense of the motherland.
"Thank you for those words. The bandits, when they came here, made very many demagogic declarations. But what kind of people were they? I recall, when I came in 1999, you said to me at that time: 'They, when they left, robbed our homes and took everything from the people, an old television, an old refrigerator, they loaded on trucks and took them away," Putin recalled.
"What kind of people is this? Who are they? They are bandits," he concluded. (tr. by PDS, posted 12 September 2019)
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