Russia's minister of culture Mikhail Shvydkoi expressed hope that a cultural association of Slavonic peoples would be set up this year. In the minister's words, the need to establish a Slavonic public organisation is caused by the globalisation processes, "which, along with positive factors, carry a threat to any culture, especially to the cultures of ethnic minorities." Shvydkoi said this in Novosibirsk, where an international conference called "The Slavonic World: Its Community and Diversity" opened Thursday. The conference is devoted to Day of the Slavonic Alphabet and Culture which is marked in Russia on May 24th.
"When discussing these problems, I and my colleagues from Slavonic countries come to the conclusion: it is necessary to make an effort in order to preserve the Slavonic world, primarily its community and diversity, in the present-day conditions," Russia's culture minister said.
In his words, alongside Russia, the main initiators of the establishment of a Slav cultural association are Slovakia and Croatia. The peoples of these countries are experiencing already now the negative consequences of the overall spread of mass culture, Shvydkoi said.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.