Putin met with President of OPORA Russia public association

Vladimir Putin met with Alexander Kalinin, president of OPORA Russia public association for small and medium-sized entrepreneurship.

Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President of OPORA Russia public association Alexander Kalinin.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President of OPORA Russia public association Alexander Kalinin.
Among the topics discussed were the introduction of cash registers that report fiscal information to tax agencies in real time and economic consequences for small and medium-size businesses of implementing the initiative to make the minimum monthly wage equal to the subsistence level.


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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr. Kalinin, first of all I would like to congratulate and all of your colleagues on the anniversary of one of the most active organisations supporting small and medium-size entrepreneurship in this country.

Fifteen years have passed and you and your colleagues have done a lot of work in cooperation with the Government of the Russian Federation and the Presidential Executive Office.

You are directly involved in elaborating draft laws, bylaws and other acts that impact business directly or indirectly, primarily small and medium-sized entrepreneurship. I would like to thank you and your colleagues for your active participation in these efforts and for working with us.

I know that you held an anniversary forum quite recently, the other day, where you also discussed specific issues that are of interest to people involved in business. In this context I would like to discuss a couple of issues separately today.

The first issue deals with the introduction of new cash registers that report fiscal information to tax agencies online in real time. I know that some business representatives voiced different ideas and concerns that the transition to the new registers does not take into account the peculiarities of the business conducted by certain small and medium-sized companies. These cash registers are already being introduced, and the next big step is planned for the middle of next year. I believe it will affect almost two million business owners. Let us discuss this issue to see what you think about possible solutions.

And the second important issue (you certainly know this as well) is our decision to make the minimum monthly wage equal to the subsistence level. This is one of the fundamental decisions that, I believe, should ensure that basic human necessities are not out of the reach of the wages that some of our citizens still continue to receive.

President of OPORA Russia public association Alexander Kalinin.
President of OPORA Russia public association Alexander Kalinin.
But at the same time this decision will have an economic impact on small and medium-sized businesses that must pay the corresponding taxes to social funds. It is necessary to be very careful here so as not to create more problems by solving one and not to create difficulties for small and medium-sized businesses and self-employed people.

I suggest that we discuss these issues and then any other matters that you consider important.

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Putin had a meeting with newly elected heads of regions

Vladimir Putin met with the heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.

Vladimir Putin and heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.
Vladimir Putin and heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.
Elections at various levels were held in 82 Russian regions on the single election day, September 10. Governors and heads of Russian republics were elected in 17 regions, with one elected by direct vote of the republic’s parliament.

The meeting was attended by:
  • Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino
  • First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko
  • Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak.


Opening remarks at a meeting with newly elected regional heads.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues,

First of all, I want to congratulate you on being elected to the high positions of heads of Russian regions.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin with heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin with heads of regions elected on the unified voting day.
I must say that I am pleased with the results, but it is a special responsibility for you: most of you received over 60 percent of the vote. It shows a high level of trust, but also the high expectations of those who came to polling stations and voted for you.

Much has been done, but more needs to be done. A bridge is being modernised in Yaroslavl; housing has been built for the victims of wildfires in Buryatia. There are improvements in such important areas as healthcare, housing and utilities, and education.

At the same time, I would like to note that in this hall, there are very experienced people who have gone through election campaigns many times and who have received high praise from the voters, but there are also many young people who have also won great support. This means that voters expect a turn for the better from you and that they hope that young, energetic and skilled people will take well-considered but prompt measures to improve the situation in the relevant regions of the country.

Meeting with newly elected heads of regions.
Meeting with newly elected heads of regions.
As you know, we have held several events related to the public selection of candidates for various spheres. We began with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, but we also did this in several other areas. This system of selecting personnel has proved its worth and is being widely used. I hope that you will use this open and transparent system of attracting people to the regional bodies of government and management, so that young people understand what we do and see that the social lift is effective regardless of left- or right-wing influences or connections, and that their careers depend above all on their skills, training, as well as a desire and ability to work in the interests of the people.

We have senior members of the Presidential Executive Office with us today, and the Government knows about the instructions to organise this work at the federal, that is, nationwide level. I strongly hope that you will do the same at the regional level.

I wish you success. I hope that you will develop good business-like relations with the Presidential Executive Office and the Government, and that you will make use of your skills, experience and energy to fulfil the tasks on which you set your eyes when you aspired for these high positions, for this is why the people have elected you. I wish you success and the all the best.

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Vladimir Putin held a meeting of Military-Industrial Commission

Vladimir Putin visited the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation, where he was updated on promising defense projects and held a meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.

Vladimir Putin held a meeting of Military-Industrial Commission at the Almaz-Antey Air ad Space Defense Corporation.
Vladimir Putin held a meeting of Military-Industrial Commission at the Almaz-Antey Air ad Space Defense Corporation.
The Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation is a Russian group of companies that design and produce air and missile defense systems. The corporation comprises over 60 plants, research and production associations, design bureaus and research institutes.

The corporation produces ground and sea launched air defense missile systems and air and ground surveillance radar stations, automated control systems, as well as civilian equipment.


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Opening speech of Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Good afternoon, colleagues.

The Military-Industrial Commission is meeting at the Almaz-Antey Corporation. Before we start discussing the issues on our agenda today, I would like to congratulate the corporation’s personnel and the other workers in our defense industry on Defense Workers’ Day. As you know, a monument to Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow today.

Vladimir Putin at the meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission.
I would like to thank the researchers, designers, engineers and workers who create reliable quality weapons and equipment for their responsible attitude and diligence. I wish new labor achievements, health and well-being to all of you and to your families.

Colleagues, today we will review a number of issues dealing with the development of the Army and Navy armament system and the further consolidation of defense industry organizations.

One of the priority tasks of design bureaus, research institutes and defense companies is the development and production of advanced arms and equipment that determine the combat power of the Russian Army.

Defense Minister of Russia Sergei Shoigu before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Defense Minister of Russia Sergei Shoigu before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Importantly, it is necessary to keep this production independent of foreign components. For more than two years now, we have been carrying out the program for the import substitution of foreign spare parts and components for military production.

Today I would like to hear your reports on how the industry is implementing the planned import substitution measures.

Another important issue is the creation of a standard database on research and development, the results of intellectual activity and design documentation for military products. As you know, these data have not been systematized and are in the possession of both the state ordering customer and the main executor.

Vladimir Putin at the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation with Director General Yan Novikov.
Vladimir Putin at the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation with Director General Yan Novikov.
Meanwhile, this database will obviously enhance the efficiency of the application of the results of ongoing research and development, as well as military and dual-purpose intellectual activities and technologies, particularly through their application in civilian sectors. In addition, it will create favorable conditions for promoting innovative development and enhancing the competitiveness of the defense industry.

Let me remind you that by 2025 the share of high-tech civilian and dual-purpose production should increase from 16 to 30 percent of the total commercial output.

I would like to discuss in detail the modernization of defense industry enterprises.

Vladimir Putin with Director of Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation General Yan Novikov.
Vladimir Putin with Director of Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation General Yan Novikov.
In May the question of assessing the efficiency of capital investment and its influence on reducing the cost of military output and decreasing the production cycle was raised at the meeting in Sochi.
Judging by the report on implementing state policy on defense industry that the Government submits every year, technical re-equipment is having a positive influence on the economic performance of defense industry enterprises and is enhancing their potential to produce advanced commercial armaments and equipment prototypes.

Overall, the defense industry reports sustainable growth rates that are higher than in many other industries. More precisely, output in the defense industry increased by 10.7 percent in 2016. Year-on-year production increased last year in all sectors, but growth was especially high in the electronics industry (18.5 percent), in the production of munitions and special chemicals (nearly 14.5 percent), conventional weapons (over 10 percent), aircraft manufacturing (9 percent) and shipbuilding (nearly 4 percent).

Vladimir Putin with Yan Novikov at the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation.
Vladimir Putin with Yan Novikov at the Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Corporation.
It is especially gratifying that production efficiency in integrated companies increased by 8.8 percent on average, while wages grew commensurately, which is a good sign. The majority of integrated companies balance labor efficiency growth and wage growth per worker.

However, labor efficiency at our companies is still lower than at their foreign rivals. Therefore, they need to continue reducing the prime cost of their produce by introducing resource-saving technology, streamlining their capacities and procurement activity, and other measures.

Before we start discussing the items on our agenda today, I would like to mention one more issue.
We have said many times that we need an effective system of fundamental and applied research, under which breakthrough technology will be introduced in production to strengthen national defenses and bolster our economic growth.

One possible form of this is a modern innovative techno polis or technology park, which will have conditions for creative activity by both young and experienced researchers. Personnel for this park can be recruited from the research platoons, which have proved their worth, from research institutes, corporation design bureaus and other related institutions. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has updated me on these ideas. I consider them to be interesting and promising. We must think about implementing them.

And now let us get down to work.

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PHOTO:

Head of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov (left) and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Head of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov (left) and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov (left) and Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov (left) and Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin (left) and Minister of the Interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin (left) and Minister of the Interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Presidential Aide Vladimir Kozhin (left) and Director of the Federal National Guard Service and Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.
Presidential Aide Vladimir Kozhin (left) and Director of the Federal National Guard Service and Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov before the meeting of Military-Industrial Commission.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent greetings to Junior Delphic Games

Vladimir Putin sent a message of greeting to participants and guests of the conference Junior Delphic Games: 15 Years in the CIS.

Junior Delphic Games: 15 Years in the CIS.
Junior Delphic Games: 15 Years in the CIS.

The message of President of Russia Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
"Over the past years, this valuable project has established some strong traditions and has rightly earned high public recognition. The Games perform an important mission of bringing together young talents from the CIS and promoting the preservation of our common cultural heritage and the strengthening of good neighborly relations and mutual understanding between people. It is a pleasure to see that these artistic competitions are aimed at introducing young men and women to the best samples of classical and modern art. Participation in the Games is a unique opportunity for young artists to demonstrate their abilities and take their first steps towards a successful career."

Putin sent greetings to current and former defense industry workers

Vladimir Putin congratulated current and former workers of the Russian defense industry on their professional holiday.

Workers of the Russian defense industry.
Workers of the Russian defense industry.
The message of Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
“We are rightly proud of the Russian workers, engineers and designers whose creative genius produced unique and worldwide renowned models of weapons. The names of such talented gunsmiths as Pavel Zakhava, Sergei Mosin, Georgy Shpagin and Mikhail Kalashnikov will forever remain in the heroic military history of Russia. Today, defense industry development is one of the state’s priorities. We are improving its scientific and research support, developing and implementing the most advanced technology. The training programs for defense industry professionals are being greatly enhanced. I believe that all of you will continue to work hard to achieve performance targets and strengthen the country’s defense capability and national security.”

Vladimir Putin sent condolences on passing of Zurab Sotkilava

Vladimir Putin conveyed his deepest condolences on the passing of opera singer, People’s Artist of the USSR, Zurab Sotkilava, to the singer’s family and friends.

People’s Artist of the USSR, Zurab Sotkilava.
People’s Artist of the USSR, Zurab Sotkilava.
The message of President Putin reads, in part:
“Zurab Sotkilava had a long life and career. He brilliantly fulfilled himself as an outstanding opera singer of our time. His colleagues and a grateful public highly valued him for his vocal skills, artistic charm and selfless love of music. Mr. Sotkilava left a rich creative heritage; he educated talented students and made a unique contribution to the development of national performance arts.”

Zurab Sotkilava has died in Moscow on the 18th of September at the age of 80.