A gathering of 5,000, which represented government agencies and non-governmental organisations, discussed Russia’s most acute problems—local self-government reform, the fight against corruption, military development and the social welfare of the military, and the prospects of public participation in domestic and foreign policy. The forum debated education reform, and youth and migration policies. The achievement of peace and accord in Chechnya were also on the agenda.
Speech at the Opening of the Civil Forum
November 21, 2001