The President of Russia spoke on the last day of the Council of Lawmakers in St. Petersburg. Photo: Alexander Demyanchuk/TASS
The Tauride Palace in Saint Petersburg is a fragment of the old Empire. On the ceiling of the main hall are the letters “SPQR” – “Senate and People of Rome” in Latin. I don’t know what the creators put into this abbreviation, but in 2023 it reads as “our answer to America.” There, across the ocean, the parliament building is also called “Capitol” in Roman, and the national motto is also in Latin. So to speak, one Empire – and another. With our fairest Russian approach.
That was what social justice was discussed today in the Tauride Palace, which has temporarily become the political capital of Russia. Because the Council of Legislators was held there – a grandiose congress of Duma deputies, senators, members of regional legislative assemblies.
And on the sidelines, we, the journalists. Let me tell you a little secret: we usually follow such meetings not with our own eyes, but from the press room. Because the main room will not accommodate everyone. But it’s convenient for us: you sit down, connect to Wi-Fi, take shorthand.
I am a new person at such events, I stare at everything, like a provincial who comes to St. Petersburg for the first time. Here I see: the star of the Kremlin pool Andrey Kolesnikov, in ordinary jeans and a sweatshirt, modestly drinks tea and coffee in a journalistic pantry, apparently mentally honing sharp headlines.
Suddenly, the Chairman of the Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, pays attention to us journalists: “Why did you photograph Leonid Slutsky sleeping? he asks. -You don’t give the context: before that, he worked all night, he was tired. Try to photograph someone like that somewhere in the British House of Lords – you will immediately be deprived of accreditation.
Then there is the meeting itself. Volodin, together with the president of the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, strongly demand that officials move away from formalism and bureaucracy. Especially in the social support of the NWO participants (which I already wrote about in the previous mini-report).
Small break. To the sound of classical music that flows from the interior speakers, the deputies and senators refresh themselves with fruit drinks.
Then everyone flocks to the main hall: to the place where the first, still pre-revolutionary Russian Duma once sat.
The main guest appears – Vladimir Putin.
“Congratulations on the Day of Russian Parliamentarianism,” the President begins. And thank you all for the productive work to create a solid legislative base. He then quotes the first chairman of the first pre-revolutionary Duma, Sergei Muromtsev, that “the state must be the subject of the people’s affairs”.
Putin highly appreciates parliamentary work: in terms of strengthening the economy, sovereignty, security, provision of the defense industry, and the needs of the heroes participating in the NWO. Although there is work to be done:
– People [на четырёх новых территориях] we must feel that we belong to a unique system of our country.
And then the president, as the young man says, “hands over a database” about the Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Kherson region:
“These are our historical lands and original peoples for us. Many of you have been there. Well, how are they different from the rest of our people? Nothing!
I notice that behind Vladimir Vladimirovich there are six flags of Russia. Because? Perhaps a hint that the BRICS bloc will soon have another member? And the first Duma was opened in the sixth year (1906) … Guessing, guessing …
“Those who create problems for us, create problems for themselves,” Putin continues, hinting at another attempt by the West to impose new sanctions.
And remember that the territory of Russia is immense: “From Sakhalin to Kaliningrad, from the Russian Arctic to Novorossia.” Returning to the international agenda:
“Parliamentary diplomacy is taking on additional importance,” recalls the president (of course, not just like that, as discussed below).
Today the speech of the national leader is brief. Immediately after the end, we run to the bus. Right now, after St. Petersburg, we (including some Members) are going to have a great trip, just along the lines of parliamentary diplomacy, which the President spoke about a minute ago.
But more on that in the next post.