Vladimir Putin at a plenary meeting of the Soobshchestvo Forum of Proactive Citizens
According to the official website of the Russian President at http://en.kremlin.ru/, this year the forum focused on the integrated development of civil society: its links with the government and business, as well as interaction between civil organisations.
Over 3,500 people were taking part in the forum, including civil activists, representatives of socially oriented NGOs, social entrepreneurs and representatives of the expert and business communities, regional authorities and local governments.
Before the forum, the President met with the winners of a contest of socially significant projects at Expocentre Fairgrounds. The authors and participants of some of these projects told the head of state about their initiatives.
“In keeping with a recently established tradition, your forum is timed to National Unity Day. This is logical, because this is a festival of civic activity, volunteering and solidarity. Like the previous forums, this year’s event has brought together very active and energetic people from all over our vast country,” said Mr. Putin in his welcome address.