Shimiev said Tatars have won the world's respect. Shaimiev said the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in Tatar during the 26 August celebration of the millennium of Kazan is a sign of considerable respect.
“Now everybody says that even Vladimir Putin has begun speaking Tatar,” Shamiev said. “With his Tatar-language speech, Putin removed all negative attitudes toward Tatars that were propagandized over centuries in Russian society. And he presented Tatarstan and our people as a model both for Russia and outer world. Wherever you live, you should be proud that Tatarstan is highly esteemed in Russia and throughout the world."
Mukhametshin, World Tatar Congress Executive Committee Chairman Renat Zakirov, and other public figures and representatives of Tatar diasporas also addressed the congress.
Roundtables on issues relating to Tatar women, youth, and Tatar mass media will also be held under the aegis of the congress.