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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.

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-- 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)

11:40 1.12.2016

Today President Vladimir Putin will give his 13th address to the nation. His shortest speeches lasted 48 minutes (years 2004 and 2005). In 2009, he gave his longest speech that lasted one hour and 40 minutes.

11:47 1.12.2016

Chairman of the Federation Council Commission on Information Policy Aleksei Pushkov tweeted that Russian presidential speech “is taking place during a major shift in world politics.”

“The shift is in our favor. Obama’s course to ‘isolate' Russia has failed,” Pushkov tweeted.

11:52 1.12.2016
11:56 1.12.2016
11:59 1.12.2016
12:03 1.12.2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin has entered the St. George Hall in the Kremlin to deliver his 13th state-of-the-nation address to the Federal Assembly.

12:04 1.12.2016

Putin: Says he will speak about economy, social issues, and domestic policy.

12:05 1.12.2016
12:05 1.12.2016

Putin: "Citizens have united around patriotic values" in order to overcome serious problems facing the country.

12:07 1.12.2016

Former economic development minister, Aleksei Ulyukayev, who was detained two weeks ago and charged with accepting a $2 million bribe, is watching the address from home, opposition figure Aleksei Navalny tweets.

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