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Putin calls for Human rights ombudsmen across regions

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called human rights ombudsmen his allies and proposed to make the institution obligatory for every region of the country.
“Your work is work by completely independent people and is of course very, very important. I think that you are my direct allies in working to protect the interests and legitimate rights of citizens and this is an important part of my work and the meaning and purpose of all activities,” Putin said at a meeting with regional ombudsmen.
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Russian Church allows clergy to run for political posts

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After months of standoff with activists defending secular values in the society, the Russian Orthodox Church is taking the offensive, officially allowing priests to take part in politics.
The Church’s supreme body, the Holy Synod, passed a decision that allows the clergy to take part in polls “in extraordinary occasions and out of very urgent necessity.” The Synod reserves the final decision on whether the priest is worthy of representing it in politics. The request for the election campaign should be submitted to the Synod and a written blessing from the patriarch would act as a license.
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Putin Calls for Spring People's Front Congress

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President Vladimir Putin called on Thursday for holding a spring congress of his People's Front movement to create a non-partisan national public organization with broad public support, rather than a political party.




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“I propose, without further delay…probably next spring, to hold a constituent congress and establish a national public organization [on the basis of] the People's Front with the participation of various public organizations, parties, as well as common citizens of our country,” Putin told People's Front activists.


Putin introduced the idea of the All-Russia People's Front at a conference of the ruling United Russia party in May, 2011 to broaden the party's electoral base with "non-party people," including trade unions, NGOs, business associations and youth groups.

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Putin Proposes Expanding Human Rights Council

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MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday proposed increasing the membership of the presidential human rights council from 40 to over 60 people after more than 400,000 votes were cast for candidates to the council in an online selection process.
Putin suggested the expansion at a meeting Thursday with council head Mikhail Fedotov, who presented the president with over 80 candidates for 13 open spots on the body.
After Fedotov told the president that around 420,000 votes were registered in an online ranking of candidates for the council, Putin recommended taking three candidates for each of the open seats.
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Duma gives first nod on foreign property ban for state officials

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Russia’s Lower House approved the first reading of a bill that forbids a broad circle of civil servants and state officials as well as their spouses and underage children to own property abroad.
The approved amendments to the existing law “On Countering Corruption” and the Criminal Code were passed by 437 MPs with no one voting against and just one abstention.



According to the draft law, the ban applies to civil servants of all levels, members of Parliament, persons undergoing military service, employees of the Interior Ministry, Federal Penal Service, Federal Drug Control Service, Investigation Committee, prosecutors’ offices and customs. The limitation also spreads to the spouses and underage children of the listed groups.
The officials cannot own real estate, bank accounts and securities.
The bill introduces fines from five to ten million roubles ($160000-$320000) or a prison term of up to five years as punishment for violations.


Those civil servants who currently possess foreign property must get rid of it before June 1, 2013. If an official inherits some foreign assets in future they must be sold or passed to another person within one year after the property rights come into force.
Morever, those who leave state posts will have no opportunity to acquire foreign assets within three years after the official resignation.
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Moscow legislature approves creation of ‘Hyde Parks’ for rallies and protests

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Moscow authorities have approved the creation of dedicated zones for political events in two recreation parks not far from the city center.


Political events or, as the official formula puts it, “
collective discussion of socially important issues

will not require a license from authorities if held in these zones, already dubbed ‘Hyde Parks’ by the public and media. They will, however, require a registration on a special web-site at least three days in advance. The authorities promised to open the web-portal for registration in late January.

Currently, the only type of street politics that can be held without warning and getting permission is a single-person picket. A picket is recognized as a single person as long as there are no other protesters within a 50-meter radius. The events in the ‘Hyde Parks’ can gather any number of participants, but physically the suggested venues can host up to 2000 people.

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MPs seek limits to foreign education for children of officials

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As Russia readies to ban foreign property for state officials, some parliamentarians suggested making all children of officials who study abroad return to Russia after their education is complete.


MP Vyacheslav Lysakov of majority United Russia party said in an interview that the civil servants’ children must return to their motherland after getting foreign degrees, instead of 'making nests' abroad. The politician admitted, however, that the exact mechanism must be prepared very thoroughly as possible sanctions would concern underage children.



A short time later, as Lysakov commented on his interview he elaborated that the goal of the initiative is to make the officials of all levels send their children to Russian institutes and universities as this would give them the right understanding of what is going on in the country.
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Law Raising Retirement Age for Top Officials Signed

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MOSCOW, January 2 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law increasing the retirement age for Russia’s senior government officials to 70, the Kremlin website said on Wednesday.


The bill, introduced personally by Putin in September, was approved by Russia’s lower and upper houses of parliament on December 19 and December 26, respectively.

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Religious Radicals Will Fail in Russia - Putin

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MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) - Religious radicals in Russia will fail in their attempts to intimidate clerics and followers of traditional Islam, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.


Speaking at a meeting with his envoys to Russian federal districts, Putin said that “multiethnic harmony should be consistently maintained” as “religious radicals… of various confessions” have intensified their activities in the country.


“In fact, a terrorist war is being waged against [those who teach] traditional Islam. They are being intimidated, deprived of their rights to speak to believers. At the same time, false values that have nothing to do with the traditional Islam are being imposed on people,” the Russian president said.
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Last Year's Repression 'Worst' in Decades

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MOSCOW – A leading rights group lashed out at President Vladimir Putin on Thursday by saying he had “unleashed the worst political crackdown” in the country’s post-Soviet history after returning to the Kremlin last year.
Human Rights Watch’s annual report, released Thursday, says the string of restrictive laws enacted since last summer, as well as the ongoing harassment of Kremlin critics, amount to “the swift reversal of former President Dmitry Medvedev’s few, timid advances on political freedoms.”
“The past year has been the worst year for human rights in Russia in recent memory,” Rachel Denber, the deputy director of the organization’s Europe and Central Asia division, told reporters in Moscow.
Denber said that even though some of the new laws, like the widening of the definition of treason or harsher sanctions against nongovernmental organizations, had not been implemented yet, they already contribute to an atmosphere of fear: “These laws already play a role,” she said.
Human Rights Watch director Ken Roth said the reason for the crackdown was Putin’s fear of a popular uprising against him.
“I do think the motivation here is the fear of the Russian people,” he told reporters in London.
Roth said the harsh laws were “designed to close the space for dissent” as a response to the mass protests against Putin’s return to the Kremlin.
“The series of uprisings clearly panicked Putin,” he said, according to video footage on Human Rights Watch’s web-footage on Human Rights Watch’s website.
The report, which devotes nine of its 680 pages to Russia, also criticizes the prison sentences for members of the ***** Riot punk group, the legislation banning “homosexual propaganda” as well as restrictive policies that result in the denial of palliative care for the terminally ill.
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Post-Soviet Integration is Unstoppable – Putin

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MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) – Nothing can stop or slow down the reintegration of the post-Soviet space, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.


“We’ve heard some recent nervous and outspoken remarks regarding integration in the post-Soviet space. Let’s put them down to the emotional rhetoric of these politicians,” Putin said at a meeting of FSB (Federal Security Service) officers.


“Close integration is an intrinsic global process,” he said, adding Russia could face attempts to stop work toward integration.


“Different forms of pressure, including mechanisms of so-called ‘soft power’ may be used here,” the president said calling for closer contacts with Belarus, Kazakhstan and other integration partners.


“Any direct or indirect interference in our domestic matters, any forms of pressure on Russia, our allies and partners is intolerable,” Putin said.
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Vladimir Putin spoke at an expanded FSB board meeting on the results of its activities in 2012.

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PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, comrades.

Today at the Federal Security Service board meeting we will review the results of the FSB’s activities in 2012 and set the priorities for the future.

I would like to begin by praising the work of the employees in FSB headquarters, local offices, and special units, and to commend your competent and courageous actions while neutralising both internal and external threats.

I would draw your attention to the fact that improving the quality of operations and intelligence work is an everyday process. We must consistently enhance the FSB’s capacity to address the entire range of current and future challenges relating to security. I am referring to protecting our national interests and ensuring the stable development of our nation, as well as infallibly protecting our society and citizens from potential risks.

At a recent Interior Ministry board meeting I cited a number of counterterrorism statistics. Just last year more than 60 special operations were carried out under the auspices of the FSB’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee. The organisers and perpetrators of bloody terrorist acts were duly punished. Dozens of terrorist crimes were investigated and prevented. In total there were ninety-nine such crimes, including six acts of terrorism. Perhaps this is one of the most important results of your work.

However, the figures relating to uncovered and prevented crimes speak to the fact that you are operating in a difficult, stressful environment. As a matter of fact you know this very well, and today’s terrorist attack in the Caucasus bears witness to this. Therefore all anti-terrorism forces must be highly organised and ready to mobilise as quickly as possible.

I would ask you to elaborate a system of precaution measures to be activated in case of elevated terrorist threat, to the smallest detail, to perfect automatism. The main thing here is protecting human lives. We must provide reliable anti-terrorist protection for social and industrial facilities, infrastructure, transport, energy, and naturally for the major public, international events which will soon take place in Russia.

The most important aspect of your work is forestalling and preventing terrorism. It is necessary to protect people, and young people in particular, from being drawn into terrorist groups and the criminal underground.

The direct link between extremist and terrorist groups is clear. Therefore we must act as decisively as possible in order to neutralise extremist structures and thwart attempts by radicals to use the potential of modern information technology, the Internet, and social networks to diffuse their propaganda.

Effectively countering extremism requires that you not only plan special operations carefully, but that you also conduct them in an unimpeachably legal and juridical way. There is no room here for pretence and the nuances of interpretation.

The constitutional right to freedom of speech is inalienable and inviolable. However, no one has the right to sow hatred or destabilise our society and country, and thereby endanger the lives, well-being, and peaceful existence of millions of our people.

A strong, competent and mature civil society is taking shape in Russia. People are increasingly accepting responsibility for what is happening in their country, city and municipality. They are expressing their views, launching initiatives, actively using organisations and associations, and increasingly availing themselves of the new rights of establishing political parties. Naturally these processes must and will receive state support.

However, I nevertheless want to emphasise that no one holds a monopoly that gives them the right to speak on behalf of all Russian society, especially the entities managed and financed from abroad as they inevitably serve others’ interests.

The regime governing the activities of NGOs in Russia is in place, and it also applies to funding from abroad. Obviously, these laws must be complied with. Any direct or indirect interference in our internal affairs, any form of pressure on our country or on our allies and partners, is unacceptable.

Recently we have heard a number of, to be perfectly honest, nervous, angry statements regarding integration processes within post-Soviet space. We put them down to the emotional rhetoric that some politicians engage in. Close integration is an objective, global process which cannot be stopped by shouting and criticizing, including from within our borders.

Nevertheless we can expect – and as you know we are indeed faced with – various attempts to impede our integration efforts by employing a number of instruments of pressure, including the so-called mechanisms of soft power.

I want to emphasise that Russia’s sovereign right and that of our partners to build and develop our integration projects must be duly protected. I would ask you to work closely with your colleagues and partners from Belarus, Kazakhstan and other countries involved in various integration processes in this respect.

Colleagues,

Another crucial FSB activity is counterintelligence. Last year counterintelligence operations allowed us to identify and stop espionage being carried out by 34 officers and 181 agents of foreign secret services, 12 of whom were caught red-handed.

Espionage primarily concerns promising domestic technologies and pilot projects, Armed Forces and the military-industrial complex upgrading and development plans, and the most important political and economic data.

We need the most up-to-date means of organising our counterintelligence activities, including protecting classified information. This also applies to increasingly frequent attempts to breach national electronic databases.

In the near future we must create a unified detection system to prevent and resist computer attacks on Russia’s information resources. It is necessary to solve this problem as quickly as possible in the very near future.

Today increased demands are being placed on the FSB’s Border Guards Service. We must develop infrastructure that allows us to cooperate in border protection with our partners and neighbours, and improve the tools and methods with which we protect our border, as well as the technical equipment of border guard agencies.

We must also strengthen the system monitoring the enforcement of legal regimes. We must do this not only along the border, but also in border areas, on the continental shelf, and in the Russian Federation’s exclusive economic zone.

In general I expect you to undertake more activities designed to ensure economic security, protect interests of the state and of Russian business. I am talking about protecting our companies from unfair competition and direct discrimination in foreign markets, anti-corruption measures, and combatting organised crime.

However – and I would like to place particular stress on this – it is unacceptable to get involved in business disputes, to put pressure on businesses, or to cause various artificial obstacles and barriers to implementing investment projects. Such professional and moral misdemeanours must absolutely be decisively erradicated. This is precisely what I am expecting of you.

Comrades,

The development of the human resources potential of the Federal Security Service is crucial for the successful implementation of your tasks. Employees must receive all they need: from all necessary modern technology to a fitting salary and benefits package.

As you know, since January 1, 2013 personnel salaries increased by about 40 percent. For the first time in the past twenty years we can say that even though there probably still are some problems here, it is generally true that practically all those in need have received permanent housing. Last year alone more than 11,000 people on waiting lists received the keys to new apartments. The service housing fund has grown significantly as well. We will continue to work on these issues.

Of course, veterans, and particularly families of employees killed on duty, must receive special care. This is our shared professional and moral duty.

In conclusion, I would like to once again thank Federal Security Service employees for their faithful service. I expect that you will accomplish the tasks set for you with the highest levels of professionalism.

Thank you for your attention.
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Medvedev demands more state transparency



The Russian PM says all levels of the state should provide more open data as public control over government tenders is a crucial part of a transparent government system.


Dmitry Medvedev told the Krasnayarsk Economic Forum on Friday that Russia needs to improve its government system on all levels as further progress was impossible without this.



This must be the enlargement of the volume of open data about the activities of authorities at all levels. This is the realization of the national plan of introducing the mechanisms of open state management and this is the constant public control in the sphere of state purchase and state investment,” Medvedev said in his speech. “It is important to not only analyze draft laws and government programs , but also to monitor the legal practice on the basis of opinions of people who represent various social groups, professional communities and regions,” the head of the government said.


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