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Russia to celebrate Day of Local Self-Government for the first time

April 21, 2013, 3:21 UTC+3
Russia will mark Day of Local Self-Government on Sunday following presidential decree
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MOSCOW, April 21 (Itar-Tass) - Russia will mark Day of Local Self-Government on Sunday following presidential decree on increasing the role and significance of the institute of local self-government, development of democracy and civil society signed in June 2012.

“On April 21, 1875 Empress Catherine II issued a grant-charter to several Russian cities that marked the beginning of development of Russian legislation on local self-government,” Vladimir Putin said in his greeting to participants in IV All-Russian Council of Local Self-Government last summer.

"The most sensitive issues that determine the quality of people’s everyday life are solved exactly at the level of local self-government bodies. They include housing and utilities, provision of local amenities in towns and villages and development of common infrastructure,” Putin emphasized.

Other important tasks, Putin said, are to select highly-qualified experts and strengthen the financial independence of local self-government bodies.

The Russian State Duma or parliament’s lower house held an All-Russian conference of local self-government in Moscow last Saturday.

"I am convinced that the role and significance of local self-government in modern Russia should seriously increase. The most important thing is to strengthen the financial basis of local self-governance,” Alexander Zhukov, the first vice-speaker of the Russian State Duma, said.

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