25 February 2011, Friday, 21:07
author: Marina Shumilova
The President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov held a meeting with the activists of the World Bashkir Kurultay (Congress) in Ufa – the biggest international Bashkir public organization.
The problems of the national culture, help to the compatriots, living beyond Bashkortostan and realization of the decisions, made in the previous years by the World Bashkir Congress were under discussion there.
“It was a hearty, friendly and , if you want, an intimate meeting, where we exchanged with the opinions how we were going to work further and what problems we faced” – Rustem Khamitov said to journalists after the meeting – “We understood each other quite well, speaking one language. I need this meeting first of all because I wanted to know once again what really troubled my compatriots. I can say now that I’ve heard it”.
The President RB specially emphasized they were talking much about help to the representatives of Bashkir nation, living beyond the Republic. There are 500 thousand such people at present time. “We mustn’t leave them without our assistance in any circumstances” – the President RB stated.
The question concerning development of the Bashkir satellite TV was also raised at the meeting.
“This talk has become a continuation of my last meeting with the leadership of the Bashkir TV channel” – Rustem Khamitov said – “I agree with the remarks I’ve heard there. There is no sense to try and compete to such brand channels as the First, “Russia” and “NTV” in the guise of BST modernization”. As the President RB thinks, BST should preserve its ethnic constituent because local Bashkirs communicate with the compatriots in other regions through it. “The situation will be gradually changed for the better and the matter is the coverage of Bashkir history and culture, the appearance of new Bashkir interesting ideas in the Bashkir TV. I think the team of BST will cope with the problems I posed before them” – Rustem Khamitov said.