Putin urged to be respectful to the opposition

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Russia should continue to expand mechanisms of direct democracy, with respect for a capable and responsible opposition, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Congress of «United Russia».

«I am convinced that we need to continue to expand the mechanisms of direct democracy, to fully realise the vast potential of civic engagement, which is incorporated in our Constitution, to encourage competition, the competition of ideas, proposals and approaches to development challenges, with respect to a viable and responsible opposition», — said Putin.

The pre-election Congress of «United Russia» launched on Friday and will last two days. The first day was dedicated to the implementation of the party’s election program. The second day is plenary.