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MOSCOW, February 9 (Itar-Tass) – President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the Congress of Parents demonstrates the authorities’ drive for holding a dialogue with the civil society “when it raises real and not far-fetched problems”, director-general of the Institute of Priority Regional Projects Nikolai Mironov told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
“Problems, which were raised at the congress, are not far-fetched. Over 140,000 citizens come against the norms of juvenile justice. The president engages in dialogue despite the fact that the discussions are rather sharp sometimes. The initiatives, which were put forth by the authorities, are being criticised. Thus, a petition mechanism has begun working,” the expert said.
Political scientist Leonid Polyakov, member of the Council for Human Rights, shared Mironov’s view. “The head of state is ready to engage in dialogue, even in a heated dialogue,” Polyakov said.
He noted that the president “rivets attention to the problems of family and education. His speech on education and the list of school literature showed that the president labours the point”.
Commenting on juvenile justice, Polyakov said, “The president made it clear that this problem was needed to be thoroughly discussed. Such dialogue was begun.”