By Rashid Shirinov
The Russian community in Azerbaijan is an island of peace and prosperity, Vladimir Dorokhin, Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan, told journalists on May 30, during the conference on Public Organizations of Russian Compatriots in Baku.
Azerbaijan has declared 2016 as the year of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan and is working to preserve the traditions and cultures of different peoples and nationalities.
“I do not think that there are many countries that have the moral right to declare a year of multiculturalism," Dorokhin said. "Russia is interested in the Russians living in Azerbaijan to fully use their potential."
The ambassador stressed that Azerbaijan stands out among other countries as the situation of the Russian community and Diaspora in the country “does not divide us, but unites.”
“We do not have to fight for the political rights of our compatriots, work hard to solve their problems, and issues of teaching in Russian language. All the questions are resolved here on a brilliant level. We work only on the positive, to use this potential for development of Azerbaijani-Russian relations," the diplomat said.
Addressing the conference Father Methodius, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in Azerbaijan, noted that the activities of the diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church in Azerbaijan is an apparent proof that representatives of many religions can freely coexist in the country.
During the conference, MP Mikhail Zabelin noted that the rights of nationalities and ethnic groups have never been infringed in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan and Russia are tied by firmly based relations, which were officially established in 1992. The cultural relations between the two countries are also highly evaluated. A Year of Azerbaijan was declared in 2005 in Russia, and in 2006 — the Year of Russia in Azerbaijan. In this framework both countries held 110 joint events.
Currently, 390 Azerbaijanis get education in the Universities of Russia at public expense. Russian is one of the languages students get education in Azerbaijan. More than 15,000 students study in Russian in Azerbaijani universities. A branch of Lomonosov Moscow state University was opened in 2008 in Baku. Moreover, a branch of another Russian university, Sechenov Moscow State Medical University with no education fee was also established on September 15, 2015 in Baku.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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