Putin and Lavrov will speak at the world Congress of Russian compatriots

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. Archival photoPutin and Lavrov will speak at the world Congress of Russian compatriots© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

The world Congress of Russian compatriots living abroad opens in Moscow on Wednesday, in a two-day event will be attended by more than 400 people from 98 countries, the expected performance of Russian President Vladimir Putin and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

«Vladimir Putin will also take part in the plenary session VI world Congress of compatriots living abroad», — told earlier a press-service of the Kremlin.

Leading the plenary discussion «Russia’s heritage and identity as the basis of consolidation» will be, as expected, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In discussion will take part, among others, the Chairman of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy, head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, Minister of education of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, a number of representatives of the regional authorities.

The event is also expected the participation of the head of Rossotrudnichestvo Eleonora Mitrofanova. One of the sessions will be conducted by the state Secretary, Deputy foreign Minister, Grigory Karasin.

One of the main themes of the sixth Congress will be the issue of the protection of the rights of compatriots, preservation of Russian identity, Russian language and education, the program of the event. The audience will be talking about strengthening the role of youth.

According to the organizers, the forum will include plenary meetings and five thematic sections. They will focus on the protection of rights and legitimate interests of compatriots, preservation of Russian identity and support for Russian-language education. The Congress participants will discuss the role of youth in consolidation of the community, and also raised the issue of the media of the Russian Diaspora in the modern world. One of the thematic sections will be held under the title «Economic cooperation of Russia with foreign countries and compatriots».

To the Congress for approval will be submitted the situation on the world coordination Council of Russian compatriots living abroad, noted on the website forum.

The sixth Congress is taking place against the backdrop of ongoing harassment of Russian-speaking population, particularly in the Ukraine and the Baltic States. From Kiev there have been calls to ban everything that is somehow related to Russia or Russian language. So, in September, the Lviv regional Council decided to ban public use of «Russian-speaking cultural product» in the region. Also will be a special working group, whose members will conduct «outreach» with the public. Lviv deputies plan to distribute the bill to all Ukraine. In particular, they want to appeal to colleagues from the Verkhovna Rada with a proposal to ban public reproduction of «audiovisual works» in the Russian language.

In addition, it is prohibited to import to Ukraine of a number of books from Russia. At the end of 2016, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed a law on the mechanism of limiting access to the Ukrainian market of printed products «anti-Ukrainian content» from Russia. Now for import to Ukraine of printed materials requires the approval of the state Committee.

Also, Kiev has repeatedly limited the work of Russian media in the country, including regularly banning entry to Ukraine to journalists from Russia. In March 2015, was suspended accreditation at the bodies of state power of Ukraine 115 Russian media in Ukraine also banned broadcasting of the main Russian TV channels.

The Parliament of Latvia on 23 March approved amendments to the law «On education», providing for the transfer of all schools into a state language of training to the 2021-2022 school year. President Raimonds Vejonis on 2 April signed the law. In Latvia live about 2 million people, of which about 40% are Russian — speaking. In the Republic one state language — Latvian, Russian has the status of a foreign.