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Russians should not only elect power, but also influence on it

February 06, 2012, 6:05 UTC+3

This is particularly the development of the practice of “general civil debates on draft laws, decisions, programs"

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MOSCOW, February 6 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is convinced that in the era of information the society is becoming more complicated that it is necessary to respond to the requests of people in new ways.

“A free and, moreover, uncensored access to the information about the current situation in the country is naturally forming a request for a permanent, rather than “from elections to elections” participation of citizens in politics and governance,” the prime minister wrote down in an article, which was published in the Kommersant daily on Monday. Therefore, Putin believes that “the modern democracy as the power of people cannot boil down only to “putting ballot papers in the ballot boxes” and to end with this.” “The democracy concludes in the fundamental right of people to elect authorities, as well as an option to influence constantly on the power and the decision-making of the authorities,” Putin noted.

“This means that democracy should have instruments with a permanent and direct effect, efficient channels of the dialogue, public control, communications and the feedback,” the prime minister concluded.

In the modern world this feedback “concludes in a growing quantity of information about a politician to turn in the quality of political participation, civil self-government and control,” Putin believes.

This is particularly the development of the practice of “general civil debates on draft laws, decisions, programs, which are taken at all levels of state authorities, the assessment of the effective laws and the efficiency of their enforcement,” Putin pointed out.

Putin emphasized that such ‘filter’ to test public documents already began to function and “constructive criticism from the communities of businesspeople, teachers, medics and scientists helps to avoid unsuccessful decisions, and, on the contrary, find the best solutions.”

The premier believes that the language of lawmaking should be improved. “It should be made if not euphonic (in the ancient times the laws were often written in the poetic form for a better memorizing), but just understandable for the target audience,” he remarked.

He offered to create “a friendly interactive interface at the portals of the bodies of public power for the full presentation and discussion on the plans and programs and the results for the monitoring of their fulfilment.” “I would like to ask professional communities of scholars and web-designers to help the state in this,” the prime minister urged.

Putin also believes the development of self-regulated organizations, which reflect the needs of various professional and social groups, as an important response to a more complicated society. “It is necessary to evade bureaucratization of self-regulated organizations and the creation of ‘self-regulated’ barriers with their assistance. The full information openness of self-regulated organizations is needed for this, their regular public reports to the society and participants of the market are needed,” the prime minister wrote down. He hopes that “the self-regulation will become one of backbones of a strong civil society in Russia.”


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