Russia to continue helping Russians return to homeland

Some 100 Russians have returned to Russia after living abroad under a special state program, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"An updated state program for the voluntary return of Russians to Russia will be launched next year. It was made using the experience of the previous program, which some 100,000 people used," Putin said in a video address to participants in the fourth World Congress of Russians Living Abroad held in St. Petersburg.

"People who want to work, get an education, and do business in Russia and people who have special merits in the sphere of science, technology, or culture and have unique managerial knowledge will get assistance with relocating to Russia," Putin said.

Special attention should be given to young Russians and young Russians' organizations abroad. "We need to assist young people's festivals and promote young people's visits to the historic places in our Motherland," Putin said.

Putin said he has ordered the government to increase the quotas for Russians in Russian universities and vocational training establishments with allocations from the federal budget.

Putin also pointed out the role of the Russian Orthodox Church and other traditional religions in the spiritual education and the strengthening of humanitarian and cultural ties of the Russian diaspora abroad with Russia.

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