Putin: Morals a Must for Russian Society
(RIA Novosti) — President Vladimir Putin called moral values
in Russian society immutable and intransient in his annual State
of the Nation address Monday.
society has always condemned immorality. In Russia, law and morals,
politics and morality were traditionally recognized as close and
comparable notions. In any case, their interconnection was a declared
all the well-known losses, the level of morals in both tsarist
Russia and Soviet times was an important scale and criterion determining
people’s reputation, both at their work and in society,"
is hardly possible to negate that for many centuries, such values
as strong friendship, mutual assistance, comradery and reliability
remained immutable and intransient values," he said.
said that that modern Russian business cannot expect to be viewed
as respectable without following these standards domestically
current Russian economic and political problems are rooted precisely
in the sweeping majority of society’s mistrust of the upper class,"
noted that corrupt officials and the growth of crime are a result
of a trust deficit in Russian society.
will be prosperous only when the success of every individual will
depend not only on his material standards, but also on his decency
and his culture," Putin said.