Zakharchenko: "Russian language is great weapon of Donetsk in struggle for its identity"
The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko visited the opening of the XI International Festival "Great Russian Word" yesterday. The event was held in the Yubileiny Concert Hall in the center of Yalta (the Republic of Crimea).
"This is a significant event in the cultural life of our country. Many very significant guests come here, and this year the forum has raised the bar a lot. May we always succeed," the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov said in his welcoming address.
The honorary guests of the festival were also the LPR Head, Igor Plotnitsky, the chairman of the DPR People's Council Denis Pushilin, the deputies of the DPR Ministers' Council Dmitry Trapeznikov and Alexander Timofeyev, the State Duma deputies, Russian senators.
In total, the festival gathered more than 2500 people, including 17 of Russian language and literature teachers from the DPR. Long before the start of the holiday, the organizers arranged a small stage near the concert hall where the creative collectives of the Crimea performed for the guests of the peninsula, residents and forum participants.
Opening the festival, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko read out a congratulatory letter on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Your significant project has acquired good traditions. It project proved itself as an authoritative platform for professional discussion of the preservation and development of the Russian language, as well as enhancing its role in world integration processes," the Speaker of the Federation Council quoted the Russian leader's saying.
The Head of the DPR spoke about integration as well. According to him, the Russian language is one of the connecting threads of the Donetsk land and Russia.
“I am a military man and I perceive many things from this position. I understand that the Russian word is really great and multifaceted. But for me, the word is, first of all, a weapon. And this weapon can often be more dangerous than Grads, Smerches and Uragans.
According to him, today "Donbass is gradually returning home" and today's festival is extremely important for Donetsk.
“It is at such events that the most powerful weapon, which is language, is being honed, hardened and strengthened and is becoming more never-failing,” he noted.
He recalled that for 20 years, Kiev had been conducting forced Ukrainization in Donbass, adding that they failed to take away the Russian language, as well as Russian culture from Donetsk.
DONi News Agency