Igor Barinov to head Russia's new Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs

Igor Barinov to head Russia's new Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that he has signed a resolution appointing Igor Barinov as director of the recently established Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs.


The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Justice transferred a number of functions to the Agency, TASS reports.


Igor Barinov was born on May 22, 1968 in Novocherkassk. Until most recently he held the post of deputy chairman of the State Duma's Defense Committee.

 

A member of the Russian Presidential Council for Interethnic Relations, Maxim Shevchenko, in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza described Igor Barinov as "a responsible and honest man, an officer in the past, a wonderful deputy, a patriot, a man," noting that he has "a lot of experience with different ethnic and religious groups in Russia," and "has the qualities of a diplomat and negotiator." "He is not the worst candidate," Shevchenko concluded.The Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Nationalities, Gadzhimet Safaraliev, in his turn, said that Igor Barinov is "a very mature, tolerant person, who is suitable for this position, who has a military past and awards." "I think we need self-control and discipline to build the agency, because there is plenty of work for the effective functioning of the new structure. Of course, I can't say exactly why the chairman of the government made this decision, but I can note Barinov's human and business qualities. This is a normal person who knows the mechanisms of control," Safaraliev concluded.The Director of the Analytical Center of the Institute of International Studies (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Andrey Kazantsev, said that the decision on the establishment of the Federal Agency for Nationalities is "absolutely correct.""It is not a secret that the former Soviet Union has, unfortunately, the trend of exacerbation of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, therefore, for increasing its priority, promotion of international peace is necessary, and Russian power structures should promote this topic higher in the hierarchy of the state tasks, which are being resolved now," he explained.

A member of the Russian Presidential Council for Interethnic Relations, Maxim Shevchenko, in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza described Igor Barinov as "a responsible and honest man, an officer in the past, a wonderful deputy, a patriot, a man," noting that he has "a lot of experience with different ethnic and religious groups in Russia," and "has the qualities of a diplomat and negotiator." "He is not the worst candidate," Shevchenko concluded.


The Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Nationalities, Gadzhimet Safaraliev, in his turn, said that Igor Barinov is "a very mature, tolerant person, who is suitable for this position, who has a military past and awards." "I think we need self-control and discipline to build the agency, because there is plenty of work for the effective functioning of the new structure. Of course, I can't say exactly why the chairman of the government made this decision, but I can note Barinov's human and business qualities. This is a normal person who knows the mechanisms of control," Safaraliev concluded.


The Director of the Analytical Center of the Institute of International Studies (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Andrey Kazantsev, said that the decision on the establishment of the Federal Agency for Nationalities is "absolutely correct."


"It is not a secret that the former Soviet Union has, unfortunately, the trend of exacerbation of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, therefore, for increasing its priority, promotion of international peace is necessary, and Russian power structures should promote this topic higher in the hierarchy of the state tasks, which are being resolved now," he explained.

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