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”.