Declaration of Russian Identity passed



2014/11/14 • Russia

Nov. 12. Pravmir. The 18th Global Russian National Assembly dedicated to the topic Unity of History, Unity of the People, Unity of Russia, passed the Declaration of Russian Identity on November 11, 2014. Here is the text of the document. 

“Every nation is a complex dynamic occurrence. It is impossible to describe belonging to a certain nation with the help of a narrow list of criteria. The bigger the nation, the more influential it is in history, the broader its genetic and social diversity.

The most obvious criterion of nationality is self-consciousness. The group of people who correspond the most with the Russian nation are those who call themselves Russian during the population census.

Obviously, the general Russian citizenship that has united representatives of the most varied nations throughout centuries did not eliminate the multinational nature of our state. Citizens of Russia may be Russian, Karels, Tatars, Avars or Buryats, meanwhile Russians may be citizens of Russia, the U.S., Australia, Romania or Kazakhstan. National and civil overlaps exist in various phenomenological planes.

The Russian people has a complex genetic composition, as it includes offspring of Slavic, Finnish-Hungarian, Scandinavian, Baltic, Iranian and Turkish tribes. This genetic variety never threatened national unity of the Russian people. Birth from Russian parents in most cases is the starting point for the formation of Russian consciousness, which, however, never excluded the possibility of people who come from another national environment joining the Russian nation by accepting Russian identity, language, culture and religious traditions.

The unique nature of the ethnogenesis of the Russian nation lies in the fact that throughout centuries such acceptance of Russian identity by representatives of other nationalities was never the result of forceful assimilation of certain ethnic groups (“russification”), but the result of free personal choice of certain individuals, who tied their lives and fates to Russia. This is how the Russian nation frequently included Tatars, Lithuanians, Jews, Poles, Germans, French, representatives of other nationalities. There is a great number of such examples in Russian history.

In Russian tradition an important criterion of nationalities is the national language (the very word “language” is an ancient synonym of the word “nationality”). Every Russian has to master the Russian language. However, the contrary, that the belonging to the Russian nation is compulsory for every Russian speaker, is erroneous. As the Russian people stood as the state-forming nation of Russia and the nation which constructed Russian civilization, the Russian language has become widespread. There are many people who consider Russian their first language but associate themselves with other national groups.

The orthodox fate played a key role in forming Russian identity. On the other hand, the events of the XX century showed that a big number of Russian became non-believers, having not lost their national consciousness at the same time. And the claim that every Russian person should accept Orthodox Christianity as the basis of their national culture is justified and fair. Denying this fact, and what is more, seeking another religious basis for national culture, is evidence to the weakening of Russian identity to the extent of its complete loss.

As such, belonging to the Russian nation is determined by a complex of relationships: genetic and marital, linguistic and cultural, religious and historic. None of the aforementioned criteria can be decisive. But for the formation of the Russian national self-consciousness, it is necessary for the complex of these relations with the Russian nation (regardless of their nature) is stronger than the complex of relations with any other ethnic community on the planet.

In the end, this can only be felt by the person who adopt national identity by making their personal choice. National self-consciousness inevitably means solidarity with the fate of one’s people. Every Russian feels a deep emotional bond to the main events in their history: the Christening of Rus, the Battle of Kulikovo and the defeat of the Time of Troubles, victories over Napoleon and Hitler. We especially note that pride for the Victory in 1945 is one of the most important integrating factors of the modern Russian nation.

Based on the program theses of this document, we propose the following definition of Russian identity: a Russian is someone who considers themselves Russian; who has no other ethnic preferences; who speaks and thinks in the Russian language; who acknowledges Orthodox Christianity as the basis of the national spiritual culture; who feels solidarity with the fate of the Russian people.”

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Pravmir

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  • Michel Cloarec

    So now we know ! A country with 190 ethnics groups in 20 republics.
    Speak russian, go to church, be spiritual and solidarity with Moscow.
    And all will be fine !

    • Arctic_Slicer

      Specifically the Russian Orthodox church; going to any other church will get you labeled as an “extremist”.

  • Milton Devonair

    Great. Just think of all the money russia can save. They can all use the same picture for their russian national ID:

    • Mykola Banderachuk

      Milton, this is great typical katsap

      • Milton Devonair

        Yeah, but it looks sort of happy, so definitely not a russian….

  • DemocracyJA

    The so-called ‘freshness date’ of this context expired 150 years ago. It smells like old mould. It is an antiquated reasoning on all counts. Scary!

  • Michel Cloarec

    There is a tale ! “give me an unlimited number of typewriters and an unlimited number of apes, print all the words which are correct, and it will make a book ” It seems that this declaration is an extract of such a book.

  • Dirk Smith

    Simply more diversion from his crumbling economy and infinite corruption. Fascism 101.

  • Eddy Verhaeghe

    A bunch of mad hatters…

  • Murf

    I read that drivel three times and I still don’t what the hell they are trying to say.
    I guess it boils down to; “Hay, being Russian is great! everybody WILL be doing it!! Or else!”

    • Michel Cloarec

      Imagine the original version in russian with all these alphabet letters in all directions, how can a russian understand ?
      So they give up and sign up to the prince wladimir the great .

      • Mykola Banderachuk

        do not worry that the average katsap will understand, they are too drunk to understand anythng

  • Trueteller

    It”s really interesting how communists who attacked Christians and Christianity 30 years ago and people who promote idea that “nationalism is invention of rotten western imperialism” are now advocates of “Russian Orthodox Christianity” and “Russian world and nation”. Ideals have always been cheap goods in Russia.

  • Olga Dora Garbar

    Pienso que la religión no tiene que ver para ser ruso,Ruso es el que nace en Rusia y puede ser de otra religión.- Pero Putin los quiere a todos sus compatriotas que piensen y recen en estilo ganado para poder domínarlos como en la era Sovietica!!!

  • Titterling Langs

    Nice ideals. In reality, though, a Russian is someone who has a Russian name ( first and last) and a Russian face. All the rest are “inorodtzi” no matter the above.