Medvedev to Present Platform

APLeading presidential candidate Dmitry Medvedev examining a piece of ore at a plant in Chelyabinsk on Thursday. He is expected to unveil his election platform during a gathering of the Public Chamber next week.
First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is set to unveil his election platform Tuesday at the second national Civic Forum.

Medvedev is preparing a long speech for the forum, where he will voice "his view on the development of the civil society [and] domestic policy of the country," Vedomosti reported Thursday, citing a source close to Medvedev.

The forum, sponsored by the Public Chamber, will start at 10 a.m. at the Manezh exhibition hall and last for the whole day, Public Chamber member Maria Slobodskaya said.

"I think that [Medvedev's] participation there would have been rather appropriate, given that the chamber has worked with national projects a lot," Slobodskaya said by telephone Thursday.

Medvedev is "the person who has been responsible for the national projects from the government and with whom the chamber has worked," Slobodskaya said.

Slobodskaya said, however, that "no official requests from either of the parties" -- Medvedev and the Public Chamber -- had been sent yet about Medvedev's participation.

Medvedev's spokeswoman, Zhanna Odintsova, did not pick up her cell phone Thursday afternoon. Alexei Solovyov, a Public Chamber spokesman, had no information about Medvedev's possible participation in the forum.

Both Slobodskaya and Solovyov said that if Medvedev decided to take part, he would have to tell the chamber about it in advance.

Earlier reports said Medvedev, a lawyer by training, would unveil his campaign platform at a meeting of Russian lawyers at the end of this month. Medvedev, who is expected to win the March 2 election, has said his platform would reflect Vladimir Putin's course.

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