The conference is being attended by representatives of prosecutors’ organisations from close to 90 countries and also international organisations (UN, CIS, Council of Europe, European Union), Russian regional prosecutors and military prosecutors and prosecutors from other specialised organisations with equivalent status.
Mr Ivanov noted that the prosecutor’s office’s functions and powers have expanded considerably over recent years, in particular in areas such as protecting the rights and lawful interests of socially vulnerable groups such as minors, pensioners, people with disabilities, and low income groups.
Mr Ivanov said that Russia’s prosecutors seek active cooperation with the UN, the Council of Europe, the European Union and the International Association of Prosecutors to combat international terrorism, drug trafficking, organised crime and tax evasion.
Mr Ivanov greeted the prosecutors on behalf of the President and on his personal behalf, noting that this is the first time a conference of this level is taking place in Russia.
The International Association of Prosecutors is an international non-political NGO established in June 1995, which brings together around 250,000 prosecutors from more than 150 countries. Individuals who work or have worked as a prosecutor can become a member, as can any organisation (national prosecutors’ associations, prosecutors’ services, crime prevention agencies and so on).