On July 1, Tatarstan State Counsellor Mintimer Shaimiev took part in the nationwide vote on the approval of amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
Shaimiev voted at the voting station in the village of Borovoye Matyushino in Laishevo region of the republic.
After the voting, he noted that this year is full of historical events, first of all, it is the 100th anniversary of Tatarstan.
“The celebration continues and we continue to illustrate and reflect on our story. It should be noted that in the difficult history of our people, as in the history of all the peoples of the Russian Federation, we have come this century in harmony with all the peoples living in the country and in Tatarstan. The challenges were difficult, but we have overcome them with honor. We have no right to forget that only through unity we are able to go this difficult way,” he said.
“Today's vote is associated with changes to certain articles of the current Constitution of the Russian Federation. As a living participant in the historical events of the adoption of the Constitution of Tatarstan and Russia, I want to say that at that time we were able to mainly determine the main articles of the current Constitution of the country, they played and continue to play their unifying role. However, there is a lot of work ahead. I always speak of universal concord and mutual understanding in the multinational Russia. And in the future, we must appreciate this and continue to follow this path, especially in the implementation of tasks from the sphere of culture, the preservation of traditions and languages of all peoples, and what is very important, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and our president Rustam Minnikhanov have repeatedly spoken about this. This is the basis of everything. It is necessary to preserve the cultures of all the peoples of the Russian Federation and start to use unifying parameters. This is a difficult path, but we have already gained experience over the years. We need to do this even harder, this is our strength,” Shaimiev emphasized.