On November 24, Kazan hosted a Valdai Discussion Club conference, titled “Religious Polyphony and National Unity”. You can watch the opening and the plenary session on our site.
09:30–09:40 Opening of the Conference
09:40–11:00 Plenary Session. The Role of Religions in Shaping the Value Basis of Society and Strengthening the Unity of the State
Religion shapes the cultural basis of society, its ability to survive historical changes and respond to emerging challenges. Russia’s multi-ethnic and multi-confessional society is least susceptible to the diseases of ethnic and religious exceptionalism that affects most other countries in the world. The reason for this is the solid state framework that allows all ethnic and religious communities of Russia to freely develop their cultural and value preferences. At present, both factors, a diverse culture and a unified state, interact closely to help Russia meet the challenges of modern time with dignity and efficiency. The aim of the session was to outline the most important elements of the powerful cultural and religious ground of the Russian statehood.