Council of Legislators as a Unique Platform for Inter-branch Interactions

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Vladimir Putin has delivered a speech at the St. Petersburg Council of Legislators. Russia’s President urged the deputies to devote meticulous attention to lawmaking and, above all, to be heedful of the public’s aspirations. As Putin pointed out, “Undoubtedly, everybody wants to look respectable and take decisions which will be manna from heaven. However, you cannot count on a miracle; this is not the case. Decision-making must be informed, reality-based, reflecting our capabilities and popular demands. In addition, one must meet ordinary people as often as possible and talk to them to be aware of their needs”.

Foreign Press Review (17.04-23.04)

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Ahead of the French presidential elections the foreign media published a lot of articles devoted to another alleged Russian meddling, which, according to the reports, highly resembles the situation with the US presidential elections in 2016. With the American media being the most assertive, journalists tried to portray Russian interference as an established fact. However, now it is even not necessary to say that there is no evidence that Russia attacked the French campaign. Moreover, looking through the articles on the topic with every new report, a reader could have an impression that he has already read it previously as authors use similar arguments. They are so similar that an attempt to write down these arguments in different lists gives us almost the same set with the proof being extremely weak.

Foreign Press Review (10.04-16.04)

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The most important event of last week was US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow, where he met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and then with President Putin. Ahead of the meetings the atmosphere in the media was tense as there were a lot of catchy headlines that Washington had accused Moscow of covering up Syrian government’s role in the recent chemical attack and delivered an ultimatum requiring that Russia make a choice between relations with the US and support for Assad.