12 December 2013, 11:44

Vladimir Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address. LIVE UPDATES

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

This is the President's 10th address to the Federal Assembly, the Russian parliament that consists of two chambers: the State Duma, the lower one, and the Federation Council, the upper one.v

Russia's current economic and social problems, the mass amnesty due to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution and proposals made at a forum of the Russian People's Front in Moscow in December are expected to be the topics of Vladimir Putin's speech.

Putin will deliver the address in the Georgievsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace to approximately 1,100 people invited at noon on December 12. Federation Council members, State Duma deputies, members of the government, heads of the Constitutional, Supreme and Arbitration Courts, governors, chairpersons of the Russian regions' legislative assemblies, public figures and chairpersons of the regional civic chambers and executives of largest mass media outlets will hear the address.

Here are the highlights of the previous President's annual addresses to the Federal Assembly:

Putin: Russia, world to deal with global upheavals (2012)

Putin’s address to Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Constitution Day (2012)

Putin’s state of the nation address: message to all Russians (2012)

President Dmitry Medvedev’s address to the Federal Assembly (2011)

Medvedev's address: main political outcome of the year (2011)

Voice of Russia

  • 13:25
    Nothing was said about the upcoming amnesty.
  • 13:23
    During Putin's address to the Assembly, Reuters published very critical information: heare are some headlines "In Slap At US, Putin Says Russia Not Seeking Superpower Status", "Russia's Putin says hopes Ukraine finds a political solution to current crisis", "Putin, in veiled criticism of United States, says Russia does not aspire to be superpower or teach others how to live". Not good of such a big news agency to write its own wild guesses to the actual words and facts.
  • 13:15
    Russia seeks to be a world leader but does not aspire to super-power status - Putin
  • 13:14
    Putin's speech just ended. His last words emphasised the focus on growth and development through effective work
  • 13:14
    Agreement on Iran's nuclear program means American Europe missile defense plan is no longer needed - Putin
  • 13:13
    ...72 minutes so far
  • 13:13
    Russia not aspiring to be superpower, or teach others how to live - Putin
  • 13:12
    No one should cherish illusions about archieving military superiority over Russia, Russia will respond to any challenges - Putin
  • 13:12
    Missile defense systems are defensive only formally, but actually they are part of strategic offensive potential - Putin
  • 13:11
    Russia's advanced weapons to ensure security of state - Putin
  • 13:10
    We won’t allow anyone to achieve military superiority over Russia - Putin
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    We are working on target identification systems that work in real time - Putin

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  • 13:09
    Russia's advanced weapons to ensure security of state - Putin
  • 13:09
    Russia will respond to all challenges, political and economic ones - Putin
  • 13:09
    Our military doctrine will allow us to ensure Russia's security in the future - Putin
  • 13:09
    We are working on target identification systems that work in real time - Putin
  • 13:08
    Putin on missile defence: We are well aware that it’s called defensive but it’s integral part of offensive system
  • 13:08
    Russia's Putin says hopes Ukraine finds a political solution to current crisis - Reuters
  • 13:07
    Iranian nuclear issue solved, but missile defence still in Europe - Putin
  • 13:07
    Missile shield can undermine all previous treaties on strategic nuclear weapons, it can undermine strategic balance of force - Putin
  • 13:07
    Final solution to Iranian problem should guarantee security for all countries of the region, inclusing Israel - Putin
  • 13:05
    If Ukraine is willing to join the Eurasian Union, we are ready to work together - Putin
  • 13:05
    Syrian crisis proved that the United Nations plays central role today. - Putin
  • 13:05
    Russia is ready to cooperate with all partners in the international arena - Putin
  • 13:05
    We are now finalizing agreement on Eurasian Economic Union - Putin
  • 13:04
    Armenia and Kyrgyzstan will soon join the Customs Union. The more countries join, the more others will be interested, including Ukraine - Putin
  • 13:04
    Putin is speaking on Iran nuclear issue
  • 13:03
    Russia is ready to work with all partners based on principle of indivisible security - Putin
  • 13:02
    Putin is speaking on international rights and foreign politics
  • 13:01
    Despite maintaining a regional leadership role, Russia has no aspirations to hegemony - Putin
  • 13:00
    We are proud of Russia's status, and we do not lecture anyone - Putin
  • 12:59
    Putin touches upon the government's task of defending traditional values
  • 12:59
    Russia has experience of tolerance, peaceful co-existance - Putin
  • 12:59
    We want to defend international rules and the sovereignty of individuals entities - Putin
  • 12:58
    Russia doesn’t claim to be a superpower, a hegemony, we don’t try to lecture anybody - Putin
  • 12:58
    Russia’s role in the world is increasing not just as guarantor of stability but also as state that promotes its values in int'l agenda - Putin
  • 12:57
    Far East tax breaks should extend to whole of East Siberia, inclusing Krasnoyarsk territory and Khakasia - Putin
  • 12:57
    Development of Siberia, Far East is our priority for entire 21st century - Putin
  • 12:55
    Companies registered in foreign jurisdictions will not recieve State support, VEB loans, state contracts - Putin
  • 12:53

    The struggle with the offshore schemes and other illegal schemes is the international task - Putin

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  • 12:52
    Need to battle offshore savings harming Russian economy - Putin
  • 12:51
    Companies that are registered as offshore but have Russian owner must be taxed according to Russian laws - Putin
  • 12:51
    The Russian budget losses because of the offshores - Putin
  • 12:50
    Why are the results not so significant? - Putin - Why TNK-BP deal was done not under the Russian legislation?
  • 12:50
    Federal taxes from technology parks to be returned to regional budgets - Putin
  • 12:48

    People who breach immigration laws will be banned from entering Russia for 3 to 10 years - Putin

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  • 12:47
    Illegal migrant workers, living in poor conditions, easily become victims of criminals - Putin
  • 12:46
    There are cases when migrants come to Russia without visas, and we don't know what they are doing - Putin
  • 12:46
    We need to control migrants in Russia - Putin
  • 12:45
    Putin proposes a system that qualifies migrant work in Russia through patents
  • 12:45
    We need to enforce stronger penalties on employees who hire illegal migrants - Putin
  • 12:45
    We have a tough task. We can't cut off the former republic of the USSR - Putin
  • 12:44
    Putin speaks about illegal immigration in Russia
  • 12:43
    Illegal migrant workforce creates imbalance and ethnic conflict - Putin
  • 12:41
    Higher education system needs to be upgraded to produce graduates competent for modern workplace - Putin
  • 12:40
    We need to provide informational suppoort to people - Putin
  • 12:40
    We need to set up criteria for education, to find talented girls and boys – Putin
  • 12:39
    Economic trends, lack of funds not reason to revise May 2012 presidential decrees - Putin
  • 12:38
    Putin blames "amoral international" for instigation of inter-ethnic tensions in Russia
  • 12:38
    Putin proposes setting up national council of professional qualification
  • 12:37
    Education should include a practical element alongside theory - Putin
  • 12:36
    I suggest the creation of profeccional consultation, this will be an independent body - Putin
  • 12:36
    We need to ask the government to develop the principles of exporting goods by 2014 - Putin
  • 12:35
    We need to support the export of goods - Putin
  • 12:35
    We need new professional standards - Putin
  • 12:34
    The government and the business world should work together "energetically" - Putin
  • 12:34
    We have to regulate the demand for hightech - Putin
  • 12:33
    It's important that we develop a system able to finance the development of the country in terms of innovation - Putin
  • 12:32
    The economic cycle can and is changing, but this is no reason to talk about revising our goals - Putin
  • 12:32
    Development of the country from the point of view of innovation is essential - Putin
  • 12:31
    Main reasons for slowdown in GDP growth are domestic, not external - Putin
  • 12:29

    I hope that the functioning of such organizations will be free from any political elements, but will show maximum commitment to the interests and problems of each citizen - Putin

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    Screenshot: Vesti.Ru

  • 12:29
    I ask the Public Chamber, the Human Rights Council and other public and human rights organizations to robustly join the drafting of a bill on public oversight - Putin
  • 12:28
    Russian President Vladimir Putin expects the Public Chamber, the presidential Human Rights Council and other rights advocacy groups to actively contribute to efforts to draft a bill concerning public oversight.
  • 12:28
    Russian president asks rights campaigners to actively contribute to work on public oversight bill
  • 12:26
    Putin lauds improvements in healthcare, including in life expectancy, population growing for 1st time since 1991
  • 12:26
    We should make everything to make sport more popular among young children and teenagers - Putin
  • 12:26
    We need to boost prestige of healthy lifestyle: that’s why we invest so much into Universiade in Kazan, Sochi2014 and World Cup - Putin
  • 12:25
    Putin in his annual speech admits situation is difficult in terms of sufficiency of funds to deliver on ambitious development agenda
  • 12:25
    Putin blames nationalist groups for transforming any tragedy into a reason for "hooliganism"
  • 12:25
    Kindergardens need to be reformed, it won't be possible without federal intervention - Putin
  • 12:24
    Economic situation and deficit of funds are not reasons for lowering the level set by "May decrees" - Putin
  • 12:23
    Either something is being done to cause discontent in society, or nothing in beign done at all - Putin on implementation of his May 2012 decrees
  • 12:22
    We should create medical centers and guarantee free access to them in all regions - Putin
  • 12:21
    Starting from the next year all children should annually undergo health checks - Putin
  • 12:21
    The Russian insurance system should garantee free access to health care to all Russian citizens - Putin
  • 12:20
    In recent years we see the increase of life quality among Russians - Putin
  • 12:19
    We need to create effective mechanism of distribution of budget funds – Putin
  • 12:19
    Strong local government is able to become a resource of recruitment of qualified workers - Putin
  • 12:17
    We need to make people to see the distribution of federal funds - Putin
  • 12:17
    We should make the salary of teachers more attractive - Putin
  • 12:15
    We need to cut down inefficient practices - Putin
  • 12:14
    We need to protect the unity of our society and the integrity of the Russian State - Putin
  • 12:13
    We should protect the rights of Russian citizens - Putin
  • 12:12
    We need to support right protection movements - Putin
  • 12:12
    We should fight corruption in Russia - Putin
  • 12:10

    Unification of supreme court, higher arbitration court will unify court practice, ensure protection of all citizens' rights - Putin

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    Screenshot: Vest.ru

  • 12:09
    There are certain corruption scandals arose in several regions in Russia - Putin
  • 12:08
    Today we have a lot of problems in our society - Putin
  • 12:06
    The constitution combines main priorities of the Russian society - Putin
  • 12:05
    The 2 provision to the Russian Constitution that guarantees freedom of people is the main provision to this document - Putin
  • 12:04
    This is a very important date for us all - Putin
  • 12:04
    I want to congratulate you with the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution - Putin
  • 12:03
    Vladimir Putin is entering the hall
  • 12:01

    As we can see, all the guests have gathered at St. George Hall in the Kremlin. Everyone is waiting for Vladimir Putin.

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    Screenshot: Vesti.ru

  • 11:59
    In 2012 Putin spoke on December 12 as well.
  • 11:56
    The address is expected to last about an hour. Last year, it took one hour and 22 minutes to read the text of the address.
  • 11:55
    The address to the Federal Assembly will be deliverd n the St. George Hall of the Kremlin. Some 1 100 guests are expected to hear it.
  • 11:47
    Vladimir Putin is also expected to announce the abolition of city Dumas. Russians will allegedly elect governors in direct elections. The governors will then appoint city mayors. But the President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has failed to confirm the allegations.
  • 11:47
    The main novelty is a change in the power vertical at the local level to avoid conflicts like the recent ones in Astrakhan and Yaroslavl, according to the source.
  • 11:47
    Putin may announce abolition of mayoral election in his address to parliament
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