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Putin To Lay Out Vision For Russia In Annual Address

Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay out his vision for Russia in the coming year in a state of the nation address to members of the Federal Assembly December 3.

It will be Putin's twelfth such address and the 22nd such annual presidential speech.

By tradition, the function will begin at noon Moscow time in St. George's hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace. In addition to addressing Duma deputies and senators, other members of the government and distinguished persons will be present.

Those invited to attend include chairpersons of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, the Prosecutor General, the heads of the Central Election Commission, the Accounting Chamber and the Public Chamber, regional governors, top clerics of major religious denominations, and mass media executives.

The speech will be broadcast live on state television and public radio.

Putin pays extensive attention to drafting the annual addresses, working through its text and developing its main points and ideas, said presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

Based on reporting by TASS