Law enforcement agencies must pay serious attention to combating extremism, as well as nationalism and xenophobia. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Interior Ministry board, the Kremlin reports.
“I ask you to strictly suppress the propaganda of nationalism, xenophobia, religious enmity and violence, to prosecute provocateurs who run away and hide themselves, and if they are caught by the hand, they repent, and people are pushed onto the path of offenses,” Putin said.
Earlier, in February, the president noted that the slogan “Russia for Russians”, which is used by nationalists, harms the country and contributes to its “buildup from within.” According to him, it is necessary to ensure that the culture and history of each nation is respected in Russia.
Last year, Putin said at a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that anti-Semitism “ends with Auschwitz.” “You need to be very careful not to miss anything like this in the future and to resist any manifestations of xenophobia and anti-Semitism,” the head of state noted.