Russian MP: Democracy is not an end in itself but way to achieve harmony in society

Politics Materials 28 October 2010 11:56 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 28 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /

Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Constitutional Legislation and State-Building Vladimir Pligin believes democracy, which is mostly debated, is not an end in itself, but a tool that helps to achieve a harmonious and integral development of personality.

"While speaking about democracy there arises a question whether nations and peoples should be forced to democracy. As the practice shows - no," Pligin said at the opening of the roundtable "The role of parliament in the development of civil society".

The Azerbaijani and Russian delegations are attending the event organized by the Institute for Eurasian Studies.

Pligin said it is easy to destroy the state, but it's hard to recover it: the history has not almost seen such an example. "The authorities need to think primarily about the preservation of the state."

"We live in a period of complex transformations of some values, and the parliament plays a role of the institute, which as the legislative body helps to maintain consensus and balance between these values in society," Pligin said.

According to Pligin, the relations with Azerbaijan have deep personal roots for many participants of today's roundtable.

"We are pleased to be here today to discuss the most important issues of democracy and statehood," Pligin said.

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