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First Session of the Renewed Presidential Human Rights Council: 'He is Ready to Listen to Us'

posted 17 Nov 2012, 12:54 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Nov 2012, 13:01 ]
На заседании Совета по развитию гражданского общества и правам человека. С советником Президента, председателем Совета Михаилом Федотовым (справа), Первым заместителем Руководителя Администрации Президента Вячеславом Володиным и помощником Президента Игорем Щёголевым.14 November 2012 

Photo: Website of the President of the Russian Federation

The newly elected members of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights have sat in session for the first time. Readers will recall that a considerable number of the former members stepped down from the Council following the re-election of President Putin, and an election to reselect the Council was called. Several members did not proceed to sit on the Council due to dissatisfaction with voting procedures. Commenting on this, the Chairman of the Council Mikhail Fedotov said that the main voter was Putin, and the final decision about who would be on the Council was his. The new Council is now one and a half times bigger than the old one. After its first sitting, it was reported that Putin had invited criticism of some of the more odious of the recent bills – the bills on NGOs, state secrets and protecting religious believers – and that he had expressed a willingness to review them. Ezhednevnyi zhurnal has asked Council members to share their impressions of the meeting. [Read more]