Putin : Defending national identity, based on religious values
The Russian head of state speaks at the Valdai Club forum , dedicated to Russian identity , and dedicated his entire address to ' traditional ' faith and morals versus the West’s model of politically correct: "Minorities must be respected but the rights of the majority must not be put into question ."

Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - People will "lose their human dignity without the values ​​of Christianity and the other religions of the world, without those moral parameters that took thousands of years to be defined", says the Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The Head of State was speaking Sept. 19 at the closing session of the Valdai Club, the international forum organized by the Ria Novosti newsagency, that brings together Russian politicians, analysts and civil society members in Russia and abroad. This year, the tenth edition was dedicated to the search for identity in Russia.

"We believe that it is natural and appropriate to defend those values ​​- said the head of the Kremlin - every minority deserves respect for its distinctive identity, but the rights of the majority should not be put into question." Putin, who has always focused on the role of the Russian Orthodox Church and "traditional values ​​" to cement the immense and multi-ethnic country around a common idea of ome, was careful to distribute equal importance to all the communities and confessions.  He stated that Russia can not go on without national and cultural self-determination, because in this case it would not be able to respond to internal and external challenges .

"Gli eventi che accadono nel mondo rappresentano una sfida molto più seria all'identità russa - ha spiegato - in questo ci sono aspetti morali e di politica estera. Abbiamo visto molti paesi euro-atlantici intraprendere il cammino della rinuncia delle loro radici, compresi i valori cristiani, che sono alla base della civiltà occidentale". "Questo - ha aggiunto - comporta la negazione dei principi morale e di ogni identità tradizionale, nazionale culturale, religiosa e persino sessuale" Il riferimento esplicito è quello alle leggi che in Europa hanno legalizzato le unioni omosessuali e contro cui la Russia si è espressa in modo molto deciso, attirandosi anche critiche internazionali.

"Global events present a serious challenge to Russian identity - he explained - in both moral issues and foreign policy. We have seen many euro -Atlantic countries embark on the path of renunciation of their roots, including the Christian values ​​which are the foundation of Western civilization". "This - he added - involves the denial of the principles and morals of every traditional national, cultural, religious and even sexual identity". The explicit reference is to the laws in Europe that have legalized same-sex unions and against which Russia has been expressed itself very strongly , even attracting international criticism .

"We are pursuing policies that put families and same-sex relationships in the same category, faith in God and that of Satan", denounced the Russian head of state, according to which " the excesses of political correctness has gotten to the point where there are now serious discussions about whether to officially register parties who have the propaganda of pedophilia among their objectives " .

In his speech he also stressed that in many European countries the people "are ashamed and afraid to talk about their religion, holy days have been abolished or are renamed with names that hide the nature of these same festivities, while aggressive attempts are made to impose this model on the rest of the world. " thus rejecting the accusations of those who among international organizations and governments , have pointed to political freedom - such as the law 'against gay propaganda ' , Putin warns: " This is a direct path to degradation and primitiveness , to the deepening of the moral and demographic crisis. "

" What could be a better indicator of the moral crisis of a society than the loss of its capacity for self- reproduction?", he concluded , expressing the same position of the Moscow Patriarchate . (N.A. )