On November 24, Kazan hosted a Valdai Discussion Club conference, titled “Religious Polyphony and National Unity”. The participants of the second session discussed religious polyphony and political stability.
In a multi-ethnic state religious diversity appears to be the most important factor of the internal political stability. It is the freedom to profess one’s values and beliefs that guarantees the citizens’ ability to jointly determine the political ways of development, face external threats, and ensure preserving and strengthening of statehood. In today’s Russia, the diversity of religious life helps preserve the common values shared by everyone regardless of ethnic and confessional adherence. The aim of the session was to discuss the scope and importance of religious freedom for political stability and development.