Parliamentarism in Russia was discussed at Mariinsky Palace
On the 23th of April, an international scientific-practical conference "Lessons of parliamentarism: historical experience and contemporary practice-2015" was held at the Mariinsky Palace Grand Hall. The event was organized by the Legislative Assembly and the Council of Rectors of St. Petersburg.
The idea of the conference emergence was explained at the plenary session by Vladimir Vasiliev, the ITMO University rector, the chairman of the Council of Rectors of St. Petersburg: "Event's format is quite unexpected: not only members of parliament, but also representatives of universities gathered in this room for the second time. Last year, I assumed that the conference would take place just once, but it aroused great interest. For students, in turn, it is helpful even to appear in the room where laws of our city are accepted, feel the atmosphere of the place, communicate with deputies in an informal atmosphere. "
"I'm glad that a lot of people came to the conference. It means that the parliamentary system is a phenomenon, interesting not only for the current deputies, but also for other people. Someone of the speakers was nostalgic for Leningrad City Council, which was lively and democratic. People today lack the parliamentary culture," Marina Shishkina said.