21 September 2022
Gala concert devoted to the 1160th anniversary of Russian statehood
Vladimir Putin made a speech at a gala concert marking the 1160th anniversary of Russian statehood.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Friends,
Today, we are marking the 1160th anniversary of Russian statehood. I would like to congratulate you on this momentous historical date that is of key importance for Russia.
Veliky Novgorod, Rurikovo Settlement, Staraya (Old) Ladoga and Izborsk are the cradle of Rus, the source of our civilisation and our state, our culture and education.
It is from here, from the north, that the guards of the first Russian Rurik dynasty started their campaigns, that merchant caravans travelled – “from Varangians to Greeks,” and that Rus, Europe’s largest state at that time, was created. It united Slavic, Finno-Ugric, Turkic and other tribes. It gathered them under its strengthening wings from Ladoga and Baltic, Novgorod and Pskov to Kiev and Chernigov, Azov, the Black Sea and Crimea.
During more than a millennium, our statehood has lived through many eras, including cruel enemy invasions, disunity and the tragedies of feuds, but each of these difficult periods invariably ended with the revival of the Fatherland. The heroic generations of our people overcame difficulties and adversities, withstood the trials. They created and expanded the grandeur of our Fatherland and covered their names with glory.
We remember and cherish these truly outstanding people: Rurik and Prophetic Oleg, Princess Olga and Svyatoslav Igorevich, Prince Vladimir and Yaroslav the Wise, Vladimir Monomakh and Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy and Sergius of Radonezh, Ivan III and Ivan the Terrible, Yermak, Minin and Pozharsky, Dezhnev and Bering, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, Lomonosov and Pushkin, Suvorov and Ushakov, Alexander II the Liberator and Alexander III the Peacemaker, Brusilov and Denikin, Zhukov and Rokossovsky, Kurchatov, Korolev and Gagarin.
These and many other of our compatriots were larger-than-life, complex and occasionally controversial historical figures. Some of them saw Russia’s future differently and were even on the opposite sides of the barricades. You know, when drafting this text, I scribbled in and crossed out names like Nicholas II, Lenin, Stalin. Apparently, not enough time has passed since then from a historical point of view for us to give comprehensive and objective assessments that are free from the pressure of ongoing political developments.
However, all of them, including statesmen, workers, warriors, pioneers, scholars, ascetics and saints and, most importantly, all our people made Russia a great global power and determined its future.
To reiterate, it all began here, in Veliky Novgorod, and Novgorod’s Cathedral of Saint Sophia, just like other ancient Russian cathedrals, will forever remain a sacred symbol of our historical unity. Modern Russia is the heir to Ancient Holy Rus, just as it is the heir to the Tsardom of Muscovy, the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, which were the great eras of our uninterrupted thousand-year history that we are proud of.
Today, as we peer into the depths of the past centuries, we realise that we must not only preserve, but also carry on with dignity the traditions of our ancestors, that each of us has an enormous responsibility for Russia, for protecting and strengthening our vast country, our beloved Motherland.
For centuries, Russia has been built as a home shared by people of numerous ethnicities and different religions. Our brotherhood packs the powerful energy of harmonious, independent and authentic development.
No one will ever be able to ban or cancel our unique civilisation and rich culture, just as it is impossible to rattle or even less so to destroy the values that make Russian society one and make us one big, united nation.
These values embrace loyalty to truth and justice, respect for the family, love for children, a solid foundation of traditional values such as mercifulness, compassion and mutual assistance, and the desire to make life good not just for yourself but for everyone, for the entire country, for all of Russia and, in the face of a common threat, to stand together as one “for one’s own friends” and for the Fatherland.
Being a patriot is the essence of the nature and character of the Russian people. Our heroes, our soldiers, officers and volunteers are displaying exactly these superior human qualities in the course of the special military operation. They are fighting courageously, shoulder to shoulder, as brothers for the sake of saving the people of Donbass, for the sake of peaceful skies over our children and grandchildren, for a homeland that will always be free and independent.
For 1,160 years now, we have firmly learned that for Russia it is mortally dangerous to relax its sovereignty or renounce its interests even for a limited time. Russia’s very existence has come under threat during these times.
They can no longer expect us to make these mistakes. We will not succumb to blackmail or intimidation, and we will never betray or lose our sovereignty. By strengthening it, we are developing our country.
Sovereignty is the guarantee of freedom for everyone. According to our traditions, nobody can feel truly free if his people, his Fatherland, Russia, the homeland is not free.
Responsible and strong power in our state is serving and will serve only the people of Russia. This support for the key issues on the domestic and foreign agenda can guarantee the successful, safe development of our country as one of the centres of a fairer multipolar world that is now taking shape.
We are on the side of open, honest partnership. This is our firm position and based on this we will build our relations with anyone who shares our ideals of equitable, mutually advantageous cooperation.
Being part of a diverse Russian civilisation means happiness, but, let me repeat, it also means responsibility and duty. Our civilisation is distinct. It has its own path and there is not a bit of arrogance or a feeling of superiority in this. This civilisation of ours – this is what’s important to us.
And we will fight for our Fatherland, our homeland of which there is only one, for our independence and sovereignty, for our culture and traditions. We will uphold and defend this in the name of our ancestors and our descendants, for the sake of Russia, its great history and its great future.
My congratulations to you.
All the best. Thank you very much.
Absolute grasp of culture is evident – the long arc of civilization at work! This just as a mobilization was announced.
A mobilization of Reason is critically required –
“What is also denied in the same quarters of idiocy and arrogance in high places, is that a systemic economic breakdown is underway—not simply localized episodes of hyperinflation, shortages, hunger and other discrete factors, and emphatically not man-made global warming. The oneness of the breakdown is to be seen in the simultaneous spread of hunger and misery in poor parts of the world, while at the same time there are protests, strikes and tractorcades spreading all over Europe. Today in Brussels, for example, more than 10,000 people turned out to demand the Belgian government intervene to stop the impossible rise in energy and food prices. In the U.K., where a strike wave is fully underway, a new report shows that over 10 million electricity users, 20% of the population, are behind in their electricity bills.”
The DDR Monday candle-lit demos of 1989
brought iown the Wall, and the USSR… A world record – not a single shot was fired.
The Leipziger were there, done that!
A story from the Other Side of the Wall.
@ Mother Russia
Congratulations, Mother Russia, on your 1160th anniversary!
“…Our civilisation is distinct. It has its own path and there is not a bit of arrogance or a feeling of superiority in this. This civilisation of ours – this is what’s important to us…”
That sums up the Russian civilization.
Putin should do a “Lights Across Russia.” In the dead of winter, all Russians turn on every light for a satellite photo opp. Think of it, all those Russians wasting electricity while Europe shivers in darkness taking cold showers for Putin. A car’s headlights in the snow would make a nice glow.
@ bertdilbert on September 23, 2022 · at 10:20 am EST/EDT
Good idea. How about an add on the moon in the dead of winter, a Russian family cozying up around a fireplace, children warming up marshmallows, a dog and a cat next to the fire? Around mid-January, early February, in the middle of a blizzard.
It will warm up Euronazistan!
“It is in our historical tradition, in the fate of our people, to stop those who are striving for world domination, who threaten to dismember and enslave our Motherland, our Fatherland. We will do it now, and so it will be. ”
that part resonates with me. i doubt any desk jockey in a pod at the pentagon took much notice
“We are on the side of open, honest partnership. This is our firm position and based on this we will build our relations with anyone who shares our ideals of equitable, mutually advantageous cooperation.”
So many in the West read some opinion of what Putin says and think they know something. Read what he actual says.
Understand the West lied about what happened on 9/11. It was not the first lie. They sacrificed Americans so they could continue to reap profit and sow misery around the world.
That many in the West believe the lies of the MSM is a reflection on the power of their tricks, but also shows the weakness of our people. They say hate and we do, it’s time we started getting answers to our questions and stop accepting pages of blacked out proof for what it is. Nothing.
Russia have Putin & Lavrov, America, Biden & Pelosi, Britain, Truss & Rees-Mugg, Germany, Scholz & Baerbock.
Is it any wonder how badly events are going for the West? (rhetorical)
Almost 80 yrs ago great American thinker and healer – Edgar Cayce- did forecast…. Russia one day will be Light to the World- country as beacon justice,peace,harmony….and we see it before our eyes…they save Syria and now 404 country…
IMO it might look like tings are going bad in Westerworld, certainly for Joe Doe, but the question is according to whos plan(s), and what plan(s) ?
When the German foreign minister in effect states that she don’t give a shit about Germans, you have to wonder.
How does the Great Reset look like in reality, and what are the consequences of the Green Shift ?
What is the vision ? Everybodys brain in a jar on a lab shelf, hooked up to the WWW ?
«… we will fight for our Fatherland, our homeland of which there is only one, for our independence and sovereignty, for our culture and traditions. We will uphold and defend this in the name of our ancestors and our descendants, for the sake of Russia, its great history and its great future.»
The problem faced by the EU and US is that those few people in charge of policy have no experience whatsoever of running a successful business operation, whether it is a corporation or a country. Particularly when the UK and EU are both run by a bunch of upper class high school girls, who have never done a hard days work in their young lives. They are complete amateurs, who are up against real professionals in Russia and China.
That, exactly. Russia is run by serious people, and Putin is a patriot. The EU is mostly run by dilettantes and America by professional grifters, few of whom feel that critical connection to our home countries.
BTW to our host, thank you for these transcripts.
I am not Russian. nor do i have a speck of Russian blood in my body. i am filled though with joy for being lucky to live in the time of such a gigantic world leader as Putin. i also feel blessed and immensely proud to carry a Russian heart.
I hate laptops. At times they cause mistakes to occur that cannot be corrected and screw the comment to no end. So mods, please allow my incomplete comment to stand as is. Hopefully, a few will understand its gist.
President Putin rejoices in the patrimony of his homeland; our “leaders” have systematically destroyed ours. God has indeed blessed Russia with great men and women at her hour of greatest need. May He abide with Russian leaders and with the Russian people as they navigate the dangerous waters in which they find themselves, and may they find safe harbor and peace!
On the first day of fall, 22 September, 2022, on the 1160th anniversary of Russia’s civilization, Russia is marching to war.
Yet another existential war, for their right to exist upon this planet as free and independent people.
Congratulations to Russia for her 1160th anniversary, a country which contributed so much to the well being and progress of all people in the four corners of the world throughout the history.
Every century, Europeans get the uncontrollable urge to march on Russia to steal her vast natural resources. NATO’s recent ill advised attempted expansion into Ukraine is the greatest Western strategic blunder since Operation Barbarossa which ended up destroying the mighty German Wehrmacht and Nazi Germany. What was Biden Micron Scholtz and Zelensky thinking was going to be different this time when the hubris of NATO’s Russia haters attempted to expand NATO to include Ukraine? Now the Russia haters are learning it was a very costly mistake that has backfired and is impoverishing and deindustrializing Europeans while making Russia wealthy and stronger. Normally. rational people will cut their losses but not fanatical European Russia haters who are ready to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian conscript. But what happens when Ukraine is defeated and NATO’s proxy war with Russia becomes a real war that NATO is completely unprepared to to fight. NATO will have no choice but to surrender to Russia’s terms.
I don’t think Bidet etc. do much thinking, they just follow the script of their masters.
NAZI NATO is completely prepared to fight Russia, it obviously involves the use of tactical nukes.
Surrender is not in the NATO dictionary, anymore than it was in Hitlers. They will burn down the globe, and commit suicide in their bunkers when it failes. History repeats it self it seems.
All IMO of course.
National “Sovereignty is the guarantee of freedom for everyone.”
Mr. Putin is reminding the people of the West and the far too numerous sycophants dispersed throughout the world who worship the West that without sovereignty freedom cannot exist.
At the same time it is a challenge to the Internationalists, the Bankers, Zionist, and Globalists. The Sovereign State is reemerging from the shadows. Cultural identify and cultural values are once again cherished and will not give ground to a homogenized world that is simultaneously woke, hedonistic and grossly self-centered and easily swayed and regularly manipulated by the latest western intelligence originated lie, concoction that triggers mass delusion.
The tide has turned and a champion is ready to lead the world out of darkness.
There’s no mystery now about the war of Europe and North America against Russia; it is the continuation of Germany’s war of 1939-45 and the war aims of the General Staff in Washington since 1943. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (left) and President Vladimir Putin (right) both said it plainly enough this week.
There is also no mystery in the decision-making in Moscow of the President and the Defense Minister, the General Staff, and the others; it is the continuation of the Stavka of 1941-45.
What to say to Russian’s friends just congratulations from my heart ❤️ and now finish off your today’s hard work
” I scribbled in and crossed out names like Nicholas II, Lenin, Stalin.” I found Gorbachev’s name not being here interesting, an omission from an omission.
Particularly outstanding speach by President Putin. Masterful and educational as usual.
Previously I thought Russia consisted of only Slavs, but it is interessting to learn it is multi-ethnic.
To me it seems the Russian world is multi-etnic and multi-religious, including secular atheists. All this united in one common ‘culture’ for unity and patriotism.
In Westerworld, multi-culturalism has been promoted increasingly during the last decades. This has been done in a divisive way to futher fracture and atomize societies and nations. A global power grab. Patriots are described as rightwing nationalists, and marginalized from public debate. Is it possible to have multiple cultures in a nation, without it fracturing when good times turn to hard times ? I’m worried for the future of recent imigrants in westerworld.