Putin is always open for constructive criticism, but not insults – Peskov

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February 14, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

RusVesna – translated by J. Arnoldski  –

Presidential Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov and President Putin

Vladimir Putin considers personal insults against him unacceptable, but is always ready for constructive criticism, the Russian president’s press-secretary, Dmitry Peskov, replied in response to a question on the necessity of establishing a special law on protecting the institution of the presidency. 

“You know that the president himself has an entirely constructive attitude towards political issues, and especially towards balanced and intelligent criticism,” Dmitry Peskov emphasized.

The president’s press-secretary also recalled the existence of a set of mechanisms in Russian legislation for protecting the honor and dignity of every citizen.

“As for the personification of the post of the president in this regard, it is necessary to seriously work on this issue. Perhaps first and foremost jurists should study this initiative. It is necessary to study international experience. Therefore, of course, it is not worth rejecting or formulating a position right away,” Dmitry Peskov concluded.

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The question [of defending the presidency from slander] was raised yesterday by Speaker of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, who voiced the idea of establishing such a law on defending the institute of the presidency during a meeting with students. 

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