Putin: Russia to protect rights of compatriots abroad
Russia will strongly protect the rights and interests of compatriots living abroad amid growing global tensions, the country's President Vladimir Putin said, addressing the 6th World Congress of Compatriots .
"The global situation is difficult, tensions are rising, unpredictability is growing, the foundations of international law are being undermined, years-long agreements between countries are collapsing - and unfortunately, hatred against Russia and other forms of radical nationalism are being used," the Russian leader added. "We will strongly protect your rights and interests, taking advantage of all existing bilateral and international mechanisms, we will also continue to provide support to the Fund for the Support and Protection of the Rights of Compatriots Living Abroad," Putin said.
The head of state particularly mentioned countries where the rights of Russian compatriots were violated. "Let’s be honest, we know that in Ukraine, the Baltic states and some other countries, history is being re-written, the fight against monuments and the Russian language is on," TASS cited him as saying.
The Russian leader commended the activities of the Fund for the Support and Protection of the Rights of Compatriots. According to Putin, the organization has participated in the establishment of 26 legal assistance centers in 20 countries, provided grant support to 200 projects and carried out more than 50 activities, particularly arranging trainings for human rights activists. Over 70,000 people, including those living in countries such as Syria, Yemen and Libya, have received legal assistance.
He added that preserving and promoting the Russian language and providing support to Russian language teachers remained among the country’s priorities. Putin stressed that educational literature and fiction books are supplied to educational facilities in other countries, and support is provided to winners of Russian language competitions.