On Wednesday, leader of the United Russia party, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met the leadership of the party faction in the State Duma. He praised deputies’ legislative activities and he asked the party to make interaction with the government more systematic and open.
The government is dissatisfied with the fact that United Russia members did not coordinate high-profile draft laws with its leader, the Vedomosti newspaper writes.
At Wednesday’s meeting Medvedev thanked deputies for the ratification of the law on Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). At the same time, he said: “It is important interrelations between the government and the faction to be the main political force in the State Duma. It is necessary to make them systematic, open and active.” To this end, United Russia deputies should use a platform of the open government more actively. For his part, Medvedev pledged that the meetings with the faction leadership will be oftener.
Medvedev made it clear that he did not agree in full in what form the law on the Internet filtration was approved. “The network should be free and any kinds of dangerous things should be cleared up through time-tested procedures.” A government official told Vedomosti: “United Russia deputies did not take into account the government’s position. So, the government will insist the law be revised in the autumn. As lately this is not the unique occasion when the views between the party and the government diverge.” The official did not keep in his indignation by saying, “There is an impression that United Russia deputies do not realize that the party is led by the chairman of the government.”
The improvement of interaction between the party and its leader is conditioned by the fact that United Russia deputies will advise with the party leader before a draft law is submitted to the State Duma, said Nataliya Timakova, spokeswoman to the prime minister. The problem related to the law on the Internet filtration is more complex: the law was submitted by deputies from different factions, she notes.
By having thanked members of the faction for “non-easy decisions”, which have been taken lately, Medvedev also mentioned the work on “regulating the activity of non-commercial organizations”, Kommersant writes. He explained that it was necessary “to put things right in the area” where non-commercial organizations operated and provide funding to Russian organizations. The prime minister instructed the government and the Finance Ministry to fulfil an order issued by President Vladimir Putin to allocate additional three billion roubles to socially-oriented Russian non-commercial organizations. The prime minister said funding for this purpose would be found and the amendments to the law on non-commercial organizations (in particular, to introduce the term “foreign agent” for non-commercial organizations, which are being financed abroad) will not “put them into difficulties”. “The state will really support the activity of non-commercial organizations that is useful and positive for our country,” the prime minister said.