MOSCOW, November 10 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on police officers to act only within the framework of law.
On Sunday, the Russian president spoke at a gala night dedicated to the professional holiday of Russian policemen. Having congratulated officers and veterans of the Russian interior ministry, the president reminded that very soon, on December 12, Russia would mark the 20th anniversary of its constitution. “Over the recent years, we have done a lot to strengthen law and order both by means of perfecting laws and in the area of administering law, the development of the court system and law enforcement agencies,” he said. “But we are to do yet more. No one should be above law and no one has the right to ignore or trespass laws, whatever high post he or she might occupy, whatever status or rank he or she might enjoy. It is applicable to officers of the interior ministry too.”
“Realizing your authorities, you must always act within the frames of law and to respect a person, his or her honor and dignity in any circumstances,” the president stressed. “These values are fixed in the Russian constitution and all of us must bear it in mind.”
“Citizens of Russia confide in the professionalism, courage and fidelity to principles of interior ministry officers, they believe you will make honest efforts doing your job,” Putin noted.
The president called to build up the authority of the Russian interior ministry and to get rid of everything that discredits this service.
“The interior ministry is a key element of the entire law enforcement system. It plays a special role in ensuring sustainable development of our society and the state. That is why, the strengthening of the ministry, its authority and personnel, cleansing from everything that discredits the service is one of the priorities,” Putin said.
He called on Russian policemen to “demonstrate efficiency in solving important tasks put by society.” “First of all, it is the protection of legal interests of people, counteracting crime, ensuring public order, protection of businesses from arbitrariness, corruption and criminal pressure,” Putin stressed.