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MOSCOW, January 14, 22:34 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin on Tuesday congratulated journalists on Russian Press Day marked on January 13th and thanked the veterans of parliamentary pool for good work. They were pioneers in covering the work of the lower house of Russian parliament.
Naryshkin said that legislative power bodies and the media had much in common. “Both reflect society’s views and demands as in a mirror,” the politician went on to say.
Naryshkin said that a new stage of Russian parliamentarianism had started twenty years ago when the first Russian State Duma was elected as a full-fledged Russian parliament and freedom of speech was guaranteed by the Russian Constitution.
“Over the past twenty years, the Russian State Duma has been in public spotlight, and it is clear why: the nature of this legislative and representative body of state power is supposed to be open and democratic,” the speaker went on to say. He added that the parliamentary pool of journalists had the credit for placing the Duma in the focus of public attention.
For his part, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said that both deputies and journalists worked for the common good.
“You should not get offended with us. You won’t face any problems if you write good critical articles on urgent problems,” Zhirinovsky said. However, deputies can be disappointed if journalists touch upon their personal lives and qualities, the LDPR leader said.
“But anyway, it is free press. We never restrict you. We want you to be proud of living in a country where journalists have the biggest freedom,” Zhirinovsky told journalists. He added that thanks to journalists, Russia remained a “reading”, “watching” and “listening” nation.
Sergei Mironov, the leader of the Just Russia party, wished journalists success in their creative work and only good news. “We will do our best to provide you with good news. We are happy to have you with us. There is no news if it is not covered in the media,” Mironov emphasized.
For his part, Vladimir Vasilyev, the head of the United Russia party faction, said that Russia’s information space had been formed. “Our life has become better and a solid legal basis makes it possible to reduce corruption and increase justice,” the United Russia official said. According to him, the most important thing is to persuade the better half of society to abide by these laws. “And here, a lot is going to depend on you and us,” Vasilyev told journalists. The deputy wished them further success, grateful readers and listeners.
Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin also announced the results of a national contest for the best journalistic report devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution and the Federal Assembly. Naryshkin awarded Itar-Tass parliamentary correspondents Diana Rudakova and Alexey Tsypin with watches “to commend their major contribution to covering the work of the Russian State Duma and in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution and the Russian Federal Assembly.”
Another Itar-Tass correspondent, Vyacheslav Smirnov, received thank-you letters from Naryshkin for the best coverage of the Duma activities and on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution and the Russian Federal Assembly marked in 2013.