SPEECHES OF THE PEOPLES' REPRESENTATIVES
chair of the State Council of the Udmurt republic
Dear participants of the III World congress of the Finno-Ugrian
It looks like that I am right saying that the Finno-Ugrian world
and all the world community are having a keen sense for the eve
of a new age and the change of millenniums. Nations which make
the Finno-Ugrian community came to this threshold after having
passed an enormous historic distance. Whatever it was for every
of our nations, we managed to preserve our existence, language,
culture and national-historical memory. Furthermore, we cultivate
a growing attention to each other and respect, a wish to communicate
closer and more often and to know more about each other.
The new age will apparently not be placid. The mankind solving
one problem inevitably confronts the other. One of the issues,
as it appears to me, consists in how to preserve - in the epoch
of the information society which sweeps everything and all the
borderlines - the national and cultural originality of every of
our nations and at the same time not to get marginalized in the
rapid flow of the time and how to transform this uniqueness into
a source of a further development.
The modem Russia is looking the answer to this question along
the line of creation of an enlightened state which pursues an
active social policy. The Udmurt republic develops more vigorously
in the last time than the other regions of the country. A growth
of the industrial production, and successful completion of conversion
programs allow to the executive and legislative power of Udmurtia
to invest considerable amounts into social projects which directly
influence the self-feeling of the peoples living in the republic.
For the Udmurt people the social projects of paramount importance
are development of science, primary, secondary-level and high
national education, formation of national administrative and political
elite, mastering the syndrome of social deficiency which, to our
regret, is present in consciousness of our people.
I am sure that we have chosen the right way and move in the right
direction. I The people will maintain in the future only when
remaining as it is it has power to | have a pace with the age
on the world level of the scientific-technical, political and
| social development.
The World congress of the Finno-Ugrian peoples possess a high
authority in the Udmurt republic, all the Russia and well beyond
its borders. I hope that thanks to joint efforts the authority
will grow and that the dialogue among our nations will gain in
its activity all the time and that the Finno-Ugrian world will
stand the challenge of the 21th century.
Source: III World Congress of
the Finno-Ugrian Peoples. Helsinki, 2000 [Joshkar-Ola, 2001],