Medvedev Invites Opposition to Speak

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – Opponents of the ruling United Russia party should be given an opportunity to express their views at Civil University, the party’s new educational project for members, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is also the chairman of United Russia, said on Wednesday.

“We could invite people who do not completely share our views, who are not party members,” Medvedev said during a lecture at Civil University.

“If these are people who criticize the party for some mistakes, tricks, lack of activism, for some issues or others, I believe that would only benefit us,” he said.

Medvedev launched the Civil University project on Wednesday with the first lecture.

Prominent politicians, both Russian and foreign, and representatives of various political movements and organizations will be invited to lecture the “party students,” as part of the project designed to bring up professional politicians who would be well versed in history, political science, psychology and lawmaking.

The Civil University will be registered as an NGO, with United Russia cooperating with it on a contractual basis.


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