Opening the meeting, Magomedsalam Magomedov summed up results of the state ethnic policy activities in 2021, noting the particular importance of the seminars held in each federal district involving officials from the top regional and municipal executive bodies as well as experts from the Presidential Council for Interethnic Relations.
Head of the Federal Service for State Statistics (Rosstat) Pavel Malkov delivered a report at the presidium meeting on the planned nationwide population census.
Magomedsalam Magomedov noted the importance of the most complete coverage of the Russian population, because the census results will underlie long-term strategic and political decisions, including those concerning the state ethnic policy. He also reiterated the President's order to Rosstat and the General Prosecutor's Office to ensure the observance of people’s constitutional rights to determine their ethnic and linguistic affiliation without any pressure during the census. Members of the Council for Interethnic Relations will assist Rosstat in conducting the census and in processing its results.
Head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs Igor Barinov informed the Presidium of the progress on the action plan for the implementation of the State Ethnic Policy Strategy of the Russian Federation in 2022–2025. An intensive discussion followed. The Government is to approve the plan by the end of 2021.
At the end of the meeting, the experts reviewed the candidates for the annual Presidential Prize for contributions to strengthening the Russian nation’s unity.
Following the discussion, corresponding decisions were adopted.