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All-Russian Civil Congress, Moscow.

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Sunday, 12 December 2004 12:12

12 December Constitution Day of the Russian Federation more than 1000 members of the public: journalists, human rights organizations and political parties gathered at the All-Russian Civil Congress "Russia for democracy against dictatorship."
Organizers of the Congress have proposed to discuss the main issues of concern to society: corruption, terrorism, ensuring free and fair elections, political censorship in the media, the development of civil society organizations, the establishment of institutions in control. In their view, Congress will consolidate existing and create effective projects of civil society in Russia.

Day meeting was not chosen by chance. "Civil society must stand up for democracy, human rights and the Constitution. We can not and shall not stand aside ", - reads the address of the Organizing Committee of All-Russian Civil Congress. Thus, the Constitution Day been much debate about how a way to prevent the departure from the basic provisions of the principal Act of the country. For most participants, current reforms taking place under the slogan of combating terrorism, there is nothing more than a violation of the principles of democracy, separation of powers and federalism. This, in turn, threaten democratic development and human rights in Russia.
Speaking at the plenary meeting of the members of the Organizing Committee Georgy Satarov, Irina Hakamada, Grigory Yavlinsky, Boris Nemtsov, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Ryzhkov is often expressed disagreement with the opinions of each other, but everyone felt a desire and a certain willingness to ignore the contradictions in the face of jointly perceived danger of "sliding Russia to dictatorship. And here a question about the ability to influence what is happening in the country. Despite the fiery slogans proclaimed in the Declaration and the role of mathematics ("What is happening in our country and its future is primarily dependent on us, on our activity, from our knowledge and talent, the ability to unite and influence the government," ... we declare that in the case of gross and obvious violation of the Constitution and human rights, we are ready to violent action .... "), there were some concerns. In particular, the State Duma deputy Sergei Kovalev, frankly admitted that gathered are mostly marginal and unlikely to be able to present a serious impact on the situation in the country.
Nevertheless, for the collaboration was set up permanent working body - a committee of the All-Russian Civil Congress.
Most of the work of Congress on this day was held on sections "to protect the institution of democracy", "Protection of freedom of speech", "Security Issues", "Business, Society and Power", "Civil networks and coalitions," "The new political reality" and "Civilian control over the actions of the authorities, which was attended by Natalia Kablova, Chairman of the Board of the Human Rights Centre of the city of Kazan. Apart from Nataly, Tatarstan was represented by Deputy State Council, Alexander trousers, a former spokesman for the president of Tatarstan, and now a journalist Irek Murtazin, director of the Social Initiative Oleg Belgorod, head of the Kazan Branch of the Association for protection of the rights of voters "Voice" Elena Dityatkina.
- This is the third large-scale event for human rights and liberal orientation, which I attended, - shares his impressions of Project Director Human Rights Centre of the city of Kazan, the head of legal department of the Fund "Public Verdict" Paul Pins. - I can say that it certainly was the most vigorous, active and optimistic. Although I am very far from politics, but the feeling that very soon we can expect the crystallization of the Russian society of liberal ideas and the formation of a new opposition political forces, expressing the thoughts and aspirations of a large part of society.

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