On February 4th, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president,
addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions
with minorities in Russia:
"In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants
to live in Russia, to work and eat in
Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws.
If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state
Russia does not need minorities.
Minorities need Russia, and we
will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they
We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and
France, if we are to survive as a nation.
The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack
of culture or the primitive ways of
most minorities. When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it
should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities
are not Russians.”
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a standing ovation for five