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Live Blog: Putin Addresses the Nation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given his annual address to a joint session of parliament and the government in the Kremlin.


Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual address to a joint session of parliament and the government at the Kremlin on December 1.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual address to a joint session of parliament and the government at the Kremlin on December 1.

Summary

-- In his annual address to a joint session of parliament and the government in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the country is ready to overcome the difficulties and problems it is facing.

-- Putin praised improvements in high-tech medical services around the country, but said that "problems in health care remain."

-- Putin said domestic issues, including lack of competition, were not the main problem hampering the country's economy. He also said the government will provide direct assistance to industrial sectors that need it.

* NOTE: Times are given according to local time in Moscow (GMT/UTC +3)

15:40 1.12.2016

This ends our live blogging of Vladimir Putin's annual address to the nation.

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13:53 1.12.2016

Head of Stop Violence organization Alyona Popova: “Putin lives in a good country. Everything is according to the law, the industry is growing, healthcare and education are great. It would be great for Russians to live there.”

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13:16 1.12.2016

Again, the text of Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech is being posted in Russian on the Kremlin website.

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Putin has ended his speech at one hour and 12 minutes.

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