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There is nothing more important than family, even for a president, Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools.

There is nothing more important than family, even for a president, Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools. “Because if the president or any other decision-maker ignores his family, then he will treat dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of other families the same way, not caring about what’s going on either in the family or in the country,” Medvedev said. 

© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the mediabankThere is nothing more important than family, even for a president, Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools. “Because if the president or any other decision-maker ignores his family, then he will treat dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of other families the same way, not caring about what’s going on either in the family or in the country,” Medvedev said.
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There is nothing more important than family, even for a president, Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools. “Because if the president or any other decision-maker ignores his family, then he will treat dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of other families the same way, not caring about what’s going on either in the family or in the country,” Medvedev said.
© RIA Novosti . Dmitriy Astakhov / Go to the mediabankDuring the meeting at the Kremlin’s Tainitsky Garden, a girl asked the president what can be done to prevent children from being taken into care, essentially becoming orphans even though their parents are still alive. She said, “Most children find themselves in children’s homes because their parents renege on their parental duty.” “This is a very delicate and complex matter, since it is impossible to induce parental feelings in anyone, it is something that must come from within,” Medvedev said.
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During the meeting at the Kremlin’s Tainitsky Garden, a girl asked the president what can be done to prevent children from being taken into care, essentially becoming orphans even though their parents are still alive. She said, “Most children find themselves in children’s homes because their parents renege on their parental duty.” “This is a very delicate and complex matter, since it is impossible to induce parental feelings in anyone, it is something that must come from within,” Medvedev said.
© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the mediabank“This is a very delicate and complex matter, since it is impossible to induce parental feelings in anyone, it is something that must come from within,” Medvedev said. He added that there are different forms of legal liability, including the termination of parental rights. However, “these measures have been designed to isolate children from parents who behave unduly, drink, and create intolerable conditions for their children.” “But there is no legal way of compelling a person to feel responsible,” the president said.
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“This is a very delicate and complex matter, since it is impossible to induce parental feelings in anyone, it is something that must come from within,” Medvedev said. He added that there are different forms of legal liability, including the termination of parental rights. However, “these measures have been designed to isolate children from parents who behave unduly, drink, and create intolerable conditions for their children.” “But there is no legal way of compelling a person to feel responsible,” the president said.
© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the mediabankThe president also recommended that those attending the meeting should not be afraid to go to court to protect their rights. Answering a question from one girl present, Lyudmila Tokmakova, Medvedev said: “If these duties towards you are not being fulfilled, take it to court, that’s the only way. This is the civilized way of dealing with it that we all must take. You could feel bitter, but you need to go to court and demand that the state-guaranteed obligations toward you are fulfilled.”
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The president also recommended that those attending the meeting should not be afraid to go to court to protect their rights. Answering a question from one girl present, Lyudmila Tokmakova, Medvedev said: “If these duties towards you are not being fulfilled, take it to court, that’s the only way. This is the civilized way of dealing with it that we all must take. You could feel bitter, but you need to go to court and demand that the state-guaranteed obligations toward you are fulfilled.”
© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the mediabankPresident Dmitry Medvedev believes that meetings with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools should become an annual tradition held in different cities.
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President Dmitry Medvedev believes that meetings with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools should become an annual tradition held in different cities.
© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the mediabankDuring this first meeting, which was held at the Kremlin’s Tainitsky Garden, President Dmitry Medvedev said: “If you enjoyed this meeting, we should hold them every year.”
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During this first meeting, which was held at the Kremlin’s Tainitsky Garden, President Dmitry Medvedev said: “If you enjoyed this meeting, we should hold them every year.”
© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the mediabankPresident Dmitry Medvedev poses for a photograph with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools after the meeting.
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President Dmitry Medvedev poses for a photograph with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools after the meeting.
© RIA Novosti . Dmitriy Astakhov / Go to the mediabankMay 25, 2011. President Dmitry Medvedev before his meeting with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools at the Kremlin’s Tainitsky Garden.
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May 25, 2011. President Dmitry Medvedev before his meeting with school graduates from children’s homes and boarding schools at the Kremlin’s Tainitsky Garden.
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