"Its meaning, spirit, and mood are in line with the contemporary development of Russia, and it is part of our history, which is difficult and sometimes dramatic," Putin said at a meeting devoted to the Day of Russia on Wednesday.
Putin said everyone remembers "how sharply the situation in the country changed in the early 1990s, how difficult the turn to a new life was, and how deep the changes in politics and the economics were."
The president reiterated that "the will, strength, and patience of the people of Russia helped overcome the difficult tests of those years" and achieve "civil, social, and national accord and find a firm path of development, which is inseparable from concepts such as democracy, respect for human rights, and supremacy of law."
"These values are our priority. Moreover, the energy of the integrity of society and the freedom and responsibility of every citizen are a powerful resource of progress and a guarantee of the implementation of the bravest and the most large-scale projects," Putin said.
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