30 April 2012Russia's current president and possible future prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Saturday he hoped to continue working with the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, possibly as part of the nascent Open Government.
“I am convinced that demand for the resources of civil society will only increase," he said at a meeting dedicated to the results of the council’s four year's work.
"In this regard, I remain at your disposal,” Medvedev said. “I am confident that the council will continue its work and I hope that will bring many benefits to the country and its citizens,” he added.
Medvedev called on the council to look not only at prominent criminal cases, but also ordinary incidents where there is doubts about the defendant's guilt.
“We often looked at high profile, but isolated cases. For example … the criminal cases of Khodorkovsky, Magnitsky. In some cases this was quite justified, but overall it gave the impression that the council is interested in very high profile, highlighted cases,” Medvedev said.