Remarks of Russian President Dimitry Medvedev at Stanford University

This afternoon Russian President  Dimitry Anatolyevich Medvedev spoke at Stanford University.

Here are some notes I took during his speech:

He noted 10 tasks for Russia’s government  to allow every Russian to succeed within the framework of law.

  1. Reform and improve education to realize every citizen’s full potential.
  2. Citizens must have access to full information, foreign and domestic. HDTV and broadband in the future to 90% of all Russians. Access to information serves as a guarantee of freedom of speech.
  3. Promote intellectual property rights. Laws are not enough as we must educate people to respect the law. Compliance with court rulings is a priority.
  4. Develop Russian natural resources and high tech companies.
  5. Strong financial system. Health stock market, currency and banking sector.  Balanced basket of currencies is important.
  6. Most important task is health of citizens. Death rate is going down. Demographic situation finally stopped deteriorating last year. Reform of health system is a top priority.
  7. Democratic political system based on the constitution is a work in progress. Improve political system in Russian way without foreign mentoring. Judicial power will improve. Raise authority of the courts and create a reliable judicial system.
  8. Stability – last 20 years of Russian history were harsh and turbulent. Those times changed people’s attitude toward life.  Last 20 years were a trial for Russians. Stability is precondition for modernization and development; however, Russia must be open to change. Caucasus and terrorism: threat of extremist in north Caucasus caused by dire socio-economic
  9. International Relations: Russia is a predictable international parent with a consistent foreign policy. Russia will be firm in protecting her interests while being open to foreign partnerships on based on equality and respect  for international law.  G20 and G8 meetings in Canada will focus on stability, climate change, nuclear free world, energy, and security efforts.
  10. Russian is becoming open to many partners, open to trade, economics and cultural life. Invite all to work with Russia.

He closed his formal remarks with a quote from Anton Chekhov: “we must work, work, work, for happiness is something only for our distant descendants.” From Act 2 of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” I believe.

Highlights from Q&A

  • Russia has capital/money but not a silicon valley.
  • Relations with Georgia are “dramatically bad” Russia defended its citizens in South Ossetia. No chance of improving relations with the current president of Georgia (Saakashvili)
  • He did not rule out running for a second term, but stated that being president is  a hard job.

South Caucasus Law Journal

The German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) has published the inaugural issue of the South Caucasus Law Journal. It appears that the journal will be free and available online. Articles are published in Russian and English.

Information about the South Caucasus Law Journal:

http://www.gtz.de/en/weltweit/europa-kaukasus-zentralasien/30344.htm

Editorial Board of the South Caucasus Law Journal
Email: lawjournal_caucasus@gtz.de
Full-text of Volume 1, Issue 1:  http://www.gtz.de/en/dokumente/gtz2010-ru-en-south-caucasus-law-journal.pdf

Table of Contents for Volume 1, Issue 1(2010)

Paata Turava

Right to Property According to the Georgian Constitution 96

• Tamar Zarandia / Tea Jugheli

Abuse of Property Rights and Terms of Non-alienation According to Georgian and French Laws 104

• Vafaddin Ibaev

Protection of rights to property in practice of the European Court of Humen Rights 112

• Norbert Bernsdorff

Protection of Possessions according to ECHR between effet utile on the one hand and Margin of Appreciation or Judicial Self-restraint on the other hand 120

• Mekhman Sultanov

Property and ownership – Azerbaijan practice 129

• Araik Tunyan

Problems of the Legal Status of Apartments as Real Estate Property 135

• Anar Bagirov

Concept and legal civil meaning of the possession as an element of the right to ownership 141

• Karen Sardaryan

Problems of Regulating Institutionof Development of Land Plotsunder the Legislationof the Republic of Armenia 152

Case law review

• Norbert Bernsdorff

Report on Judicial Practice of the European Court for Human Rights with regard to individual applications v. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in 2009 155

• Felix Tokhyan

Constitutionally permitted restrictionsof the right to ownership in practiceof the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia 159

Comments on court decisions

• Elena Fileeva

Case Kvitsiani v. Georgia 163

• Mary Japaridze

Case Nikolaishvili v. Georgia 165

• Ara Ghazaryan

Problems of Execution by Armenia of Meltex judgment of ECHR 168

• David Khachatryan

The Legal Resolution of the ECHR on Case of Nikoghosyan and Melkonyan v. Armenia: The Questions of Proof in the ECHR and the Legal Consequences for the Judicial Practice of the Republic of Armenia 171

Book review

Contemporary State, contemporary administration – Levan Izoria 175