Moscow, February 10, Interfax - Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov, head of the Patriarchal Commission for Family Affairs, suggested that the Russian Constitution should include a reference to the special role of Russian people in the state building.
"We must write that the Russian people are the state-forming people. Different peoples have lived in our country for many centuries. But none of these peoples, although they participated in the creation and strengthening of our state, all the peoples served selflessly and heroically, but only the Russians have the instinct to create a state. That's what you need to write. This is true," the priest said on Komsomolskaya Pravda radio.
According to the church representative, this postulate is easy to prove. "And there is no offense here for our Tatar brothers, or for the Kalmyks. It's just that our Empire, the sixth part of the land during its heyday, was created by the Russians," the archpriest added.
Answering the question why the titular nation was not mentioned in the Constitution of the Russian Federation in 1993, father Dimitry expressed the opinion that at that time "our American brothers stood behind us".