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Code of behavior for Caucasians in Moscow

2012-11-16 12:49

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The head of Dagestan Magomedsalam Magomedov told reporters that the republican Ministry of National Policy has developed "training manual" for Dagestanis on how to behave in Moscow. "It's not a law that requires the execution; this is a rule on how to avoid conflicts and so on. We distribute this brochure in Moscow", said the Republican leader, when asked about the "code of behaviour for Dagestanis".


Permanent Representation of Dagestan for the Moscow region has failed to tell the "Big Caucasus" reporter about these manuals. And the Dagestan Youth Association in Moscow has suggested that it was about booklets that are available for a few years in the Russian Congress of Peoples of the Caucasus (RCPC).

On the website of the Congress there is a document called "Code of Caucasian". It appeared in 2010. That time the idea of ​​introducing a "Code of the Muscovite" was being widely discussed. The head of the Committee of Interregional Relations and National Policy of Moscow Mikhail Solomentsev explained that it would be a set of rules that would help visitors to navigate, to understand what is accepted and what is not in this society: "For example, you shouldn't not kill the sheep in the yard, fry shashlik in the balcony or walk the city in the national dress, you should speak in Russian".

"Code of the Muscovite" was being loudly discussed and often criticized, especially the ban on display of national culture. The document was to be considered in the Moscow City Duma, but then the initiative collapsed. Probably it was hindered by the fires in central Russia and the smoke over the capital, which cleared only with the resignation of Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.

However, not only Muscovites advocated for the Code for Caucasians traveling to other regions of Russia. Deputy Presidential Envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District Vladimir Shvetsov reported that this information was developed in Pyatigorsk - the district center. According to him, the Caucasians outside homeland "are trying to demonstrate their traditions without much regard for the opinions of others; and here are different views about how to behave on vacation, which is creating conflicts".

Shortly before Shvetsov's proposal, in Krasnodar camp "Don" there has happened a conflict between the Chechens and locals because of the Russian girl. It has become the reason for the statement by Deputy Envoy.

Ramzan Kadyrov sharply criticized the idea of ​​the Code for Caucasians, reminding that the local peoples had the codes of behavior developed over the centuries. And they include "respect for the elderly and caring for the young, respect for the culture, traditions and customs of other nations".

However, the Russian Congress of Peoples of the Caucasus has got such code into shape. First of all it states that "the meaning of life of a Caucasian is to serve God, people and Motherland". The following three paragraphs, calling to fight the enemies, to work and to respect the choice of the people, are also devoted to the Motherland.

"Actions and feelings of a Caucasian are controlled by the mind, and heart helps him avoid extremes. But the foundation of Caucasian's attitude to the world is humaneness", says the fifth paragraph. Sixth recalls about justice based on the principle of "Do not do to others what can be unpleasant for you".

Further the Code reminds of the nobility, courtesy and humility, the spiritual purity and true courage, which "manifests itself in patience and the ability to govern themselves and the situation".

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