The 3rd Congress of the Donetsk Republic Public Movement was held in Donetsk on October 18. The Chairman of the Movement, the Head of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko headed the Presidium.
Delegates from all the cities and districts of the DPR attended the congress.
By unanimous vote the participants adopted amendments to the Charter of the Donetsk Republic PM, elected members of the Political Council, the Control and Revision Commission and the Presidium – the governing body of the Public Movement. Along with that, a new director of the Central Executive Committee of the Donetsk Republic PM was appointed.
"First of all, I want to congratulate each of you on the third anniversary of the establishment of the Donetsk Republic Public Movement. On October 3, the DR PM marked three years since the day of the founding. This is a short period, but a titanic labour was undertaken during this time. Now the movement comprises about 185 thousand people and is the most numerous in the Republic. This means an extensive work and a huge responsibility. Now we are challenged with a task to move on from the formation process to a better development. Therefore, I would like to suggest that you make some personnel changes. I have discussed this with Denis Vladimirovich Pushilin and we came to the common opinion that our movement should take a new level, and personnel reshuffles will contribute to this. The fruitful work of the movement during these three years is the great merit of Denis Pushilin, the Head of the Executive Committee. I want to thank him very much for this achievement. Now he has a lot of work to be done in the law-making sphere, at the negotiations in Minsk. This is the work that, I hope, will allow us to resolve the conflict with Ukraine not through the use of artillery and the death of people, but through diplomatic negotiations. And the third direction of Denis Vladimirovich's work is integration with the Russian Federation. We need a breakthrough to be made in this field. We are a young state and we can not live in isolation, therefore, integration with our Homeland Russia is the most priority course of action. I want to introduce to you the new Head of the Central Executive Committee – Natalia Volkova, the Director General and Artistic Sirector of the Donetsk State Academic Music and Drama Theater," Alexander Zakharchenko said.
Natalia Volkova thanked the Head of the Republic for the vote of confidence.
"It is a great honour and a huge responsibility for me. A great deal was for three years, and I plan to further develop the Public Movement. It is imperative that the work on the ground is strengthened and the quality of a dialogue between the authorities and the inhabitants of the Republic is improved. It is necessary to improve the work of public reception offices in every corner of the Republic," the new Head of the Executive Committee said.
In turn, the delegates of the Congress addressed the Head of the Republic with a proposal.
"I am sure that all the members of the movement will support me. The coming year is to become a milestone, as an election will be held in the Republic. We would like to ask you to nominate your candidacy for the post of the Head of the Donetsk People's Republic," Andrei Bedilo, secretary of the Torez department of the DR PM addressed Alexander Zakharchenko.
The Head of State accepted the request of the activists.
"I've been thinking over the issue for a long time. If the people of the Republic believe in me, of course, I will participate in the election in 2018. Thank you very much for such a great confidence," Alexander Zakharchenko said.
At the end of the Congress, the Chairman of the Donetsk Republic PM, Alexander Zakharchenko, set new tasks for the activists of the movement.
"Once again I want to thank everyone for the work done. It can be observed every day. We are building a state together, creating history. I am sure that our descendants will remember us with gratitude. The main task before us is to enhance the work with the population. Our inhabitants should understand what we are doing and why. Pay special attention to working with young people. We must educate true patriots, people who love their land. It is we who are obliged to develop among young people a sense of responsibility for their actions and behaviour. It is also necessary to involve military personnel in our work.
We are having a rough time now, but the Republic keeps developing. Enterprises are opening up, new jobs are being created. A feedback system should be developed so that every resident can come and talk about his problem, the essence of which we will hear. Even if the issue can not be solved immediately on the spot, those coming to the public reception office should understand that the authorities know about their problem and will not leave it without a solution. For this to be achieved, the work of the movement's public reception offices has to be reformatted.
Once again I want to thank Denis Vladimirovich Pusilin for the work done. It was a very hard labour, he bore a great responsibility. I greatly thank all the members of the public movement for work and concern. Big changes are ahead, will observe them happening in the near future," Alexander Zakharchenko said.
Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko
Official translation by DONi News Agency