NEWSWATCH: “Last chance? Putin vows – again – to bring economic reform to Russia. In his state of the union speech Thursday, Putin said he would wean Russia from its oil dependency, revive its flagging economic dynamism, and restore its global reputation. But his window may be closing.” – Christian Science Monitor/Fred Weir

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… pledging … deep domestic reforms to wean Russia from its oil dependency, revive its flagging economic dynamism, and restore the country’s global reputation … Putin may be putting [his] powers to the test. … analysts say this may be the last chance to start delivering. … Putin … clearly realizes that … approval ratings depend heavily on … public […]

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TRANSCRIPT: [Putin] Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly

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(Kremlin.ru – December 1, 2016) [Complete text in Russian and video: http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53379] Vladimir Putin delivered the Annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly. The Address was traditionally delivered at the Kremlin’s St George Hall. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon colleagues, members of the Federation Council, State Duma deputies, citizens of Russia, Today, as usual in these annual addresses, […]

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NEWSWATCH Intellinews/Ben Aris: “Terrorism, bread and babies in Russia’s sights for 2016, Putin tells nation”

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Ben Aris comments upon Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 2015 State of the Nation speech. In a tight one-hour speech to more than 1,200 state officials and dignitaries gathered in the Moscow Kremlin, the Russian leader urged the international community to unite in ‘one mighty fist’ against the terrorist scourge, while leaving no doubt as to whom he blamed for its […]

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Moscow Times: Putin Promises Controlled Freedom in Face of Western Containment

Kremlin and Saint Basil's File Photo

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – December 5, 2014) President Vladimir Putin told the nation on Thursday that Russia’s ongoing clash with the West – which he compared to Hitler – was inevitable and will only make the country stronger by mobilizing its economy and society around common goals and traditional moral values. In his annual address at […]

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Interfax: United Russia: economic focus of presidential address derives from challenges faced by Russia

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium Gesturing

MOSCOW. Dec 12 (Interfax) – The economic focus of the Russian president’s address to the Federal Assembly derives from the challenges faced by contemporary Russia and some of the presidential ideas will determine the national development vector for the next few years to come, State Duma deputy, United Russia General Council Deputy Secretary Olga Batalina said. “The address was largely […]

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Ruling Elite Largely Inspired by Putin Speech

Kremlin and St. Basil's

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – December 13, 2013) More than 1,000 members of the Russian elite gathered in the golden halls of the Grand Kremlin Palace on Thursday to listen to the annual presidential address that sets the state’s policy for the coming year. This was an occasion for deputies of the State Duma, governors of the […]

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VIDEO: Putin State of the Nation Address 2013

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium Gesturing

(Kremlin.ru – December 12, 2013) Complete Russian text here: kremlin.ru/news/19825 Click here for partial transcript in English: russialist.org/transcript-partial-presidential-address-to-the-federal-assembly/ Complete Russian text here: kremlin.ru/news/19825 Video with English translation from eng.kremlin.ru/video/1675 (70 minutes) [featured image is file photo from past event]  

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TRANSCRIPT (partial): Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium Gesturing

(Kremlin.ru – December 12, 2013) Complete Russian text here: http://kremlin.ru/news/19825 Video – Introduction/Abstract – Text   Video with English translation from http://eng.kremlin.ru/video/1675 (70 minutes) Introduction/Abstract from Kremlin.ru Vladimir Putin delivered the annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly. In his Address, President Putin outlined the main areas of work, instruments and techniques to achieve Russia’s future development goals. In the portion […]

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Interfax: Putin calls for bolstering local self-government system in Russia

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MOSCOW. Dec 12 (Interfax) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for introducing legislative guarantees next year for establishing an independent and financially self-sufficient local self-government system in Russia. “I am addressing the All-Russian Local Self-Government Council, municipalities, governors, the Federation Council members and the Russian government: let’s look at all aspects of these problems once again so as to […]

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RIA Novosti: Putin Embraces Conservatism as His Ideology

Kremlin and St. Basil's

(RIA Novosti – Fyodor Lukyanov – December 13, 2013) Fyodor Lukyanov is Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal, authoritative source of expertise on Russian foreign policy and global developments. In his annual State of the Union this week, President Vladimir Putin for perhaps the first time clearly articulated the philosophy that guides Russia’s leadership ­ conservatism. This is […]

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Putin calls for liberal reforms

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – MOSCOW BLOG – December 13, 2013) Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his state of the nation speech on December 12 where he laid out his plans for the coming year. In a nutshell he called for decentralisation and for the regions to take more responsibility for promoting their local economies. These speeches are important […]

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