A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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The 25th Anniversary of the Constitution: Balancing Freedom and Responsibility

Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, describes the current Constitution of Russia as the first Basic Law in the thousand years’ history of the country to regulate the fundamentals of state and society in such a clear, concise but at the same time comprehensive way. The devotion to the founding principles of the Constitution gives us grounds to believe that Russia will never again become an arena of violent civilian conflicts, totalitarianism and cruel social experiments, because the said founding principles are not only legally correct but often achieved through suffering and bloodshed.

The present Constitution aims to find a balance between freedom and responsibility without sliding to either extreme liberalism or to a situation when the interests of people dissolve in those of the state and the society. The sections about the fundamental principles and about rights and liberties of man have actually become the main, most actively implemented part of the Constitution.

The judicial system in modern Russia plays a critical part in the system of checks and balances and in protecting the right for compensation of damage caused by unlawful acts of authorities, and thus prevents sliding to dictatorship. According to Medvedev, the Judiciary is to become a future driver of transition from the concentration on state-building to enhancing freedom of man and encouraging initiative.

At the same time, we still have a long way to go before we fully implement the provisions of the Basic Law, as well as unravel and grasp its norms. According to the author, any possible changes to the Constitution should be aimed at actualizing the status of government bodies without compromising the protection of human rights.

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