Donetsk, Feb 16 - DAN. The “Russian Donbass Doctrine” conference in Gorlovka launched a series of discussions over ways to implement provisions of the document, the Russian Centre press service told the Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

The conference was hosted by the Gorlovka Institute of Foreign Languages. It has brought together teachers, medics, coal miners, servicemen, clerics and activists of local social organisations who will ponder practical implementation of the doctrine. 

The Republic is expected to hold 12 such conferences within two months, according to the Russian Centre.

On January 28-29, Donetsk hosted an international forum which presented the “Russian Donbass” doctrine as the ideological platform of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic policies. The event gathered some 400 participants including DPR Head Denis Pushilin, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik, Russian parliamentarians Andrey Kozenko and Kazbek Taisayev, political scientists, university teachers, scientists, culture figure and Russian and Donbass journalists.

Earlier, the draft doctrine was published on the Russian Centre website. The 47-page document comprises four sections which address the significance of the People’s Republics, their situation, the stages of forming Russian Donbass and its future. The key objectives are to strengthen Russian self-identity and patriotism, define the reference points for state policy in social life, especially in counteracting neo-Nazism and Ukrainian nationalism, acknowledge the Donbass spiritual heritage as original and integral part of the Russian culture, restore economic ties with Russia and reintegrate the region in Russia’s historical space.*jk