According to NEWSru.com [in Russian] President Putin has come up with a great idea in his discussions with regional ombudsmen (региональными омбудсменами): there needs to be a new concept created that would consolidate the peoples of the country. As it happens, there was an example he could cite: the Soviet Union in which, he admitted, some bad things happened but one of the good things was the invention of the concept of the "Soviet people". Something along those lines was needed.
President Putin did not explain whether the sort of destruction of various ethnic groups that the Soviet Union specialized in was to be part of the new concept.
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