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05/ian/2010 Dimitri Medvedev face un bilanţ al anului 2009 pentru Rusia (III)

La finele anului trecut, preşedintele rus D. Medvedev a acordat un interviu către trei posturi TV ruseşti – NTV, Rossia şi Kanal 1, un interviu difuzat pe 24 decembrie 2009, la o oră de maximă audienţă -, în cadrul căruia a făcut un bilanţ al anului 2009 pentru spaţiul Federaţiei Ruse şi pentru relaţiile acesteia cu vecinii. G E O P O L I T I K O N  prezintă acest interviu în integralitate, în varianta sa engleză, într-o succesiune de trei episoade, avînd convingerea că cei ce urmăresc cu atenţie evoluţiile (geo)politicii ruse vor găsi interesant acest text – EURAST & Adrian Cioroianu   

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 Interviu al preşedintelui rus Dimitri Medvedev  

 pentru trei posturi TV ruseşti, 24 decembrie 2009 

 – ultima parte, 3/3 – 

 (sublinieri operate de EURAST – Center) 

Sursa: site-ul preşedinţiei Rusiei, www.kremlin.ru 

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VLADIMIR KULISTIKOV: I want to ask about the recent tragedy that shocked the country ­ the terrorist bombing of the Nevsky Express. How is the investigation going, and will the perpetrators of this crime be caught? 

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: I have no doubt that the perpetrators will be caught. I cannot divulge the information I receive from the special services and the investigators. The investigation continues and it needs to carry out its work in confidentiality. Various versions of events are quite well known nonetheless and in some cases have been picked up by the media. I am certain that the investigators and law enforcement officers are able to find, catch and bring to trial these monsters. Our country is up to this task. But as well as the investigation side of this terrible act of terrorism, we also need to look at security issues, including technical safety. We need to look at how we guarantee technical, technological and aviation safety, safety on board our aircraft, for example. The same goes for our railways. We have a huge railway network in Russia and it needs more than just management and maintenance. 

VLADIMIR KULISTIKOV: It’s the biggest in the world. 

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Yes, and it needs to be as safe as we can make it. I gave instructions on this to the Transport Ministry and Russian Railways following what happened. They have already drafted proposals and they will receive every rouble they need for this work. This is something we simply have to do. 

VLADIMIR KULISTIKOV: Another tragedy that shocked everyone was what happened in Perm. When you spoke about the people who held a candle to this situation, the people who let this happen, you said that they have neither brains nor conscience. These words of yours are rather bleak when you think about it, because lack of brains can be compensated for by rules and strict discipline to enforce them, but there is no way to make up for lack of conscience. 

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Conscience is a moral concept, and it is something we all need to work on. People are not simply born with conscience but develop it through the nurture of school, family and faith. This terrible tragedy is the result of negligence and incompetence that simply went beyond all bounds. I cannot fathom how anyone could dream up the idea of holding a fireworks show in an enclosed space. Even people with very little education know that this is dangerous.  

(textul complet în format word doc.: Medvedev bilant 2009 – III )

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04/ian/2010 Dimitri Medvedev face un bilanţ al anului 2009 pentru Rusia (II)

La finele anului trecut, preşedintele rus D. Medvedev a acordat un interviu către trei posturi TV ruseşti – NTV, Rossia şi Kanal 1, un interviu difuzat pe 24 decembrie 2009, la o oră de maximă audienţă -, în cadrul căruia a făcut un bilanţ al anului 2009 pentru spaţiul Federaţiei Ruse şi pentru relaţiile acesteia cu vecinii. G E O P O L I T I K O N  prezintă acest interviu în integralitate, în varianta sa engleză, într-o succesiune de trei episoade, avînd convingerea că cei ce urmăresc cu atenţie evoluţiile (geo)politicii ruse vor găsi interesant acest text – EURAST & Adrian Cioroianu  

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Interviu al preşedintelui rus Dimitri Medvedev  

pentru trei posturi TV ruseşti, 24 decembrie 2009 

– a doua parte, 2/3 – 

(sublinieri operate de EURAST – Center) 

Sursa: site-ul preşedinţiei Rusiei, www.kremlin.ru 

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VLADIMIR KULISTIKOV: Mr President, I do not think that all political parties have equal footing when it comes to claims of improper election practices. I think that the current ruling party, which is supported by a majority of voters, has particular responsibility for ensuring that democratic procedures in our nation are properly followed. Like no other party, it must react sharply to the instances of administrative zeal that have led to very unpleasant occurrences during elections.   

And of course, the party in power has a great deal of responsibility in regard to public administration. I want to share an unforgettable memory of when I was listening to you in St George Hall. It was unforgettable not only because of your speech but also because of what I observed inside the hall. I was shocked by the fact that some of the people present showed complete indifference to what you were saying. Some were having their own side conversations, some were still recovering from the activities of the previous night, and others were simply playing with their smart phones. And I assure you, there were many people like these. 

So here is what I thought. You are putting forward certain goals and making certain decisions. But our country is very expansive, stretching over more time zones than any other nation in the world. There is an army of bureaucrats standing between you and the day-to-day lives of our citizens. Can you please talk about what you are doing to ensure that your decisions are implemented in the regions, rather than being turned into a parody of themselves? 

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Mr Kulistikov, at the end of this programme, would you please give me the list of people you remember messing around during the Address. 

VLADIMIR KULISTIKOV: Absolutely. 

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: We will deal with them separately. 

VLADIMIR KULISTIKOV: I suspect that I am going to become very popular among the bureaucrats. 

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: I’m certain of it. You will earn some serious points. (Laughter.) Or you may lose something. 

VLADIMIR KULISTIKOV: I may gain or lose. 

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: But in all seriousness, we really do have a variegated nation and the authorities vary as well. I’ll put it this way: those who are ready to change, who understand that without modernising the economy and the political system our nation has no future, those people should be and will be at work. As for those who think they can be on the drift, – we have people like that both at the regional and federal level, nobody is perfect, – they will simply need to understand for themselves whether it’s time to retire. Thus, this process will go on.  (episodul 2/3 integral în format word doc.: Medvedev bilant 2009 – II )

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03/ian/2010 Dimitri Medvedev face un bilanţ al anului 2009 în Rusia (I)

La finele anului trecut, preşedintele rus D. Medvedev a acordat un interviu pentru trei posturi TV ruseşti – NTV, Rossia şi Kanal 1, un interviu difuzat pe 24 decembrie 2009, la o oră de maximă audienţă -, în cadrul căruia a făcut un bilanţ al anului 2009 pentru spaţiul Federaţiei Ruse şi pentru relaţiile acesteia cu vecinii. G E O P O L I T I K O N  prezintă acest interviu în integralitate, în varianta sa engleză, într-o succesiune de trei episoade, avînd convingerea că cei ce urmăresc cu atenţie evoluţiile (geo)politicii ruse vor găsi interesant acest text – EURAST & Adrian Cioroianu

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Interviu al preşedintelui rus Dimitri Medvedev

pentru trei posturi TV ruseşti, 24 decembrie 2009

– prima parte, 1/3 –

 (sublinieri operate în formatul word doc. de EURAST – Center)

Sursa: site-ul preşedinţiei Rusiei, www.kremlin.ru

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GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CHANNEL ONE KONSTANTIN ERNST: Good afternoon, Mr President.  Over the course of the year, you have met many times with our colleagues ­ journalists from the major television channels ­ to discuss current problems in politics and the economy. We are all grateful for the opportunity to have this discussion of the outcomes of 2009 broadcast live on the three national channels, NTV, Rossiya, and Channel One.

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Good afternoon, colleagues. It is true that we have quite a bit to talk about, reflect on, and discuss.

KONSTANTIN ERNST: Mr Medvedev, 2009 was a complicated year. Our nation faced new challenges. How would you describe this year, its successes and failures?

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: It is true that this was a very difficult year filled with many dramatic events. I think that all of our citizens found this year to be hard. The most important outcome of 2009 is that we withstood the hardships, resisted the troubles and continued our national development. In my view, we paid a relatively small price for the international financial and economic crisis that shook the planet.

As for the successes, in my opinion, we were able to accomplish at least three things.

First and most important was the fact that we maintained social stability. We provided all the social benefits that had been promised. Not a single social obligation was unmet. On the contrary, this year, we started introducing a new scheme of paying retirement pensions, and we have increased pensions overall. Furthermore, this increase is not just formal, but it represents a real augmentation. The monthly pensions have grown by one third in face value, and one quarter in real value. Next year, these efforts will continue. So this is our first and probably most important accomplishment.

The second accomplishment is ensured financial stability. It was problematic at some stage and the beginning of the year was very alarming. The Government and the Central Bank had to do their utmost to rectify the aggravations in the financial and credit sector, maintain stability of the national currency, and support sound functioning of national banks thus preventing their collapse and avoiding the 1998 financial crisis scenario.

All of this was achieved. The financial system is stable and properly functioning. More so, this year’s inflation is much lower than last year’s. In 2008, inflation rate was about thirteen percent, but this year, it will be around nine percent.

And finally, we had a third accomplishment. We were able to launch mechanisms for supporting strategic enterprises. Today, we do not have any large company going bankrupt. We supported all of them and ensured employment for their workforce. In cases when companies had to temporarily halt production, we offered unemployment benefits and other means of financial support to their employees.

I believe, these were the three major challenges of this year, and speaking honestly, I think we were successful in reaching our goals.

There were some areas where we were less successful. (aici, episodul 1/3 integral în format word doc.: Medvedev bilant 2009 – I )

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02/ian/2010 Un bilanţ al evoluţiilor internaţionale din 2009

… astăzi, sâmbătă, 02 ianuarie a.c., ora 17.00, postul Realitatea TV propune o discuţie pe marginea principalelor evoluţii de politică externă din anul 2009. Printre invitaţi, prof. Adrian Cioroianu.

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