MOSCOW, June 7 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin created an interethnic relations policy council Thursday in response to a wave of nationalist sentiment, the Kremlin said.
Putin will act as chair, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak as well as Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Vyacheslav Volodin will serve as deputies.
The Moscow Times reported the council would act as an advisory body to federal and regional lawmakers as well as the president.
Experts tell the Times rising nationalist thought, coupled with ethnic divisions and the backlash against migrants, to be one of the toughest challenges facing Russia.
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