Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English
The congress is taking place in the Crocus Expo exhibition centre in Moscow and has been convened to discuss the creation of effective public control instruments for monitoring the implementation of the 12 national projects listed in the May Executive Order.
The President also met with the new members of the movement’s central headquarters.
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Address at the Russian Popular Front congress
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: I wholeheartedly greet all the participants of the Russian Popular Front congress.
The name of your movement tells it all. The Russian Popular Front (ONF) is a nationwide movement established to protect the interests of the people, each and all citizens of Russia.
Over the past few years, the ONF has proved worthy of the purpose for which it was created, which is to provide public control over the implementation of state decisions.
Look, 11,000 illegal landfill sites have been closed thanks to the ONF’s contribution. I know that it was a challenging job. And what about your contribution to other environmental projects, such as the protection of forests from felling? This work takes great personal courage. I know this for certain. I understand what this means. The ONF has successfully fulfilled these major and very responsible tasks. Thank you very much for this.
But this is not all, of course. In a manner of speaking, this is only the beginning. In the past 10–15 years, we have done a great deal to revive the Army and the Navy, as well as the national defence industry. We have created reliable security guarantees for Russia.
Now we must make the next, a bigger and much more responsible and hence much more difficult step. We must do in the civilian sectors – the industry, science, education, healthcare and infrastructure – what we have accomplished in the sphere of national defence. We need breakthrough achievements in all of the above sectors.
To be continued.