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Putin, In Annual Address, Denounces Foreign Meddling

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December 12, 2012
In his first state-of-the-nation speech since starting a new six-year term as president in May, Vladimir Putin warned against what he called foreign meddling in Russian politics. (Reuters video)

WATCH: Putin Denounces 'Foreign Meddling'

By RFE/RL
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual address to parliament, has warned against outsiders interfering with Russia's internal affairs.

The address to the Federal Assembly was Putin's first such speech since he began a third term as president in May.

"Direct or indirect meddling in our internal political processes is unacceptable," Putin said. "A public figure who receives foreign funding for his or her political activity and thus most probably serves foreign national interests cannot be a politician in the Russian Federation."

Following four years as prime minister, Putin was reelected to a new six-year term in March despite a wave of protests.

His return to office has been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent. Scores of opposition activists have been arrested. Laws have been introduced imposing heavy fines on protesters and restrictions on civil society groups.

In  the December 12 address, Putin spoke of the need to preserve the Russian "national and spiritual identity."

He said the fall in population growth is one of the biggest threats Russia faces.

In his 80-minute nationally televised speech, Putin warned against extremism and said authorities will not allow "closed ethnic enclaves" with their own rules and laws in Russia.

"Unity, integrity, and sovereignty of Russia are unconditional," Putin said. "Any manifestations of separatism or nationalism ought to be completely banished from political agenda."

Putin also said migration rules, including entry rules for nationals of former Soviet republics, should be tightened.

"I consider that no later than 2015, only foreign passport holders should be allowed entry to Russia -- not those with internal passports of other countries," Putin said.

He also promised tougher efforts to tackle corruption and address other social problems.

Putin has been in power since 2000, serving two terms as president followed by four years as prime minister before his reelection as president in March.


With reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, and Reuters
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by: Alex from: LA
December 12, 2012 18:52
What the hell? Communist hymn was playing, wtf RF? Communist sucked, will suck, unless they are capitalist like in China.
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by: Mamuka
December 13, 2012 01:53
Yes, they kept the music, just changed the words. They had to take out the part about "soyuz nerushimiy" (unbreakable Union as in Soviet Union) but the rest is still about the same.

Maybe they add something about "I Putin velikiy..." ("and Putin the Great," echoing old lyrics about Lenin velikiy or Stalin velikiy)

(I must admit I do like the music though)
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
January 01, 2013 04:45
What's new, the Varaga-Prussaka Russia sucking blood?
When didn't they? Even in tragic years they betrayed,
Like during WW2, mutney and blackmail to suck,
Kill non-Russians that saved Russia first year.
They always lie, pinning on healthy own sick:

Resurrect bloody slavery or serfery Empire,
They missguiding Queen, promissing Czar,
They are terrorists against all Authonomies,
All labour and the honest - a "proydohiness"
Of mean ruling race in expansionst's "ugar".

Danger is not the freedom of non-Russians,
But "Third Force" of nazi Russia Prussians,
With the "shtaby" of military and "Spetcnaz",
Terror for non-Russians and World - to gas,
By lie-justify bestial expansion of the serfers.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
December 13, 2012 12:40
More than half of the people present, should be immediately arrested and sent to Kolyma in Stolypin wagons for bribery, embezzlement and theft.
Putin had to read his paper in Butyrskaya рrison for inmates because those who are in the hall of the same criminals.. the difference is that some criminals in prison others in the Kremlin.

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
December 13, 2012 14:55
I watched and listened to some of his remarks, and while the rhetoric was uplifting, I was wondering how both Putin and his audience were able to maintain a straight face during some of his more astounding remarks (i.e. was R. Kadyrov chuckling when Putin said: “Any manifestations of separatism or nationalism ought to be completely banished from political agenda")? While there is always a gap between a politician’s words and reality, in the Russian case today, the abyss is so wide that I was amazed that the audience did not break out into guffaws of laughter (or at least someone in the cheap-seats calling out “liar”).

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