OREANDA-NEWS. As Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a meeting with members of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, the pandemic has become a difficult test for the whole world and has led to a rethinking of the key principles of social communication, including the relationship between the state and the citizen.

Putin noted that the Council, like other human rights organizations in the country, contributes to the protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens. According to the president, this is an extremely important and noble mission that requires knowledge, patience, determination and hard work.

The Russian president recalled that representatives of almost all levels of government, volunteers, non-profit organizations, thousands of caring and responsible citizens have united in the fight against a common threat. At the same time, people were not only ready to participate in common work, but also began to impose new requirements on the state, especially in the implementation of rights in healthcare, education, and the preservation of personal data.

According to the president, on the part of the state, it is important "a clear understanding of what is happening, what is needed," as well as professional expertise. He noted that the Council has already done a lot in this direction, including presented a report on the experience of the epidemic in terms of preserving the rights and freedoms of citizens.