During his working trip to Moscow Head of Karelia Sergey Katanandov has taken part in session of the Session of the State Council of the Russian Federation held on January 22, in the Grand Kremlin Palace under the chairmanship of the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. The Session was devoted to issues of perfection of political system and strengthening of political institutes in the Russian Federation, development of parliamentary democracy, local self-government, judicial and law-enforcement systems.
Making comments on results of the Session of the State Council, Sergey Katanandov said:
– We are applying significant efforts today to continue political reform and, first of all, the reform of party system development. The monopoly of one party suits nobody and nobody wants turning our country back to Soviet times.
The United Russia party today performs a very important role in the society, having assumed responsibility for implementation of all plans and programs of reforms in our country, it supports the country leaders and, nevertheless, cessation of party system development is out of the question.
Representatives of all of parties including the opposition spoke at the Session. They have told about infringements, problems related to their development and functioning, and have received the answer that the state is ready to continue the party system development, to increase representation in the State Duma, to increase opportunities of access to mass media, but in return for common sense. It is too easy to criticize everything without offering anything. Therefore, concluding the State Council, President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin have noted, that much has been done for reform of political system in the country, and there should be the opposition parties in Russia, but they also should create, make their programs and be responsible.
The Governors were offered to work actively with the population, and once again the President has confirmed, that the people will play a pivotal role in career of governors. The people's opinion will be considered at appointment and re-appointment. Thus, the conversation was substantial, frank and useful.
Also the Head of Karelia in Moscow met with the head of the Administration of the President of Russia Sergey Naryshkin. During the meeting the Head of Karelia has reported on the state of affairs in the republic, about results of work in 2009. He has also passed the invitation for the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev to the celebration devoted to the anniversary of Karelia.
The invitation to the anniversary celebration on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the republic from Sergey Katanandov was also passed to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Head of the region met with him last Friday in the Patriarch's working residence. Sergey Katanandov has told His Holiness of the church life in the republic, about the forthcoming events and has invited him to the holiday devoted to the 90th anniversary of statehood of the republic.
– It was a great honor for me to meet the Patriarch. I'm glad that His Holiness has accepted the invitation to the celebration and plans to come to the republic in the beginning of June, on the Days of All Saints Whose Light Shone Forth in Karelian Land. Today we may say that he will take part in the dedication service of the church of The Holy Great Martyr And Healer Panteleimon in Petrozavodsk and, most likely, he will visit the White Sea-Baltic Canaland will hold a moleben for the victims, – Sergey Katanandov said. – It is a great honour for us to receive His Holiness. I hope, visit of the Patriarch will serve strengthening of Othodoxy in our northern land.