Putin opened the central section of Western High-Speed Diameter

Vladimir Putin attended the opening ceremony of the central section of the Western High-Speed Diameter toll road in St Petersburg.

The Western High-Speed Diameter is a 46.6-kilometre road with a total length, including all exit and entry ramps and interchanges, of over 70 kilometers. It features 15 interchanges, and its width varies from four to eight lanes. The new road is expected to ease congestion in the historic center of St. Petersburg, the St Petersburg Ring Road and road network, enabling drivers to cross the city in less than 20 minutes.

The section of the Western High-Speed Diameter that was launched today links the southern and northern parts of the St Petersburg Ring Road, and provides a connection with the Scandinavia motorway. The northern and southern parts of the road are already in operation.

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Vladimir Putin attended the opening ceremony of the central section of the Western High-Speed Diameter toll road.
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Russian President attended the opening ceremony of the central section of the Western High-Speed Diameter toll road.
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President Putin attended the opening ceremony of the central section of the Western High-Speed Diameter toll road.
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President of Russia attended the opening ceremony of the central section of the Western High-Speed Diameter toll road.

Meeting with Security Council permanent members.

Vladimir Putin met with permanent members of the Security Council.

The participants discussed, in particular, the developments in Syria, noting the need for Russia to continue its active efforts to provide humanitarian relief to the residents of east Aleppo.

In addition, they discussed a number of issues related to the implementation of the main provisions of the Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly.

The meeting was attended by:

  • Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev,
  • Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino,
  • Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev,
  • Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko,
  • State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin,
  • Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu,
  • Minister of the Interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev,
  • Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov,
  • Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin,
  • Special Presidential Representative on Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.


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Putin congratulated United Russia party on the 15th anniversary

Vladimir Putin has congratulated the United Russia Party on the 15th anniversary of creation.

In the telegram of the President it is told:
"During the formation United Russia played the major role in consolidation of constructive forces of society. The political party directly got into the big, creative gear directed to the solution of urgent tasks of development of the country and lately became the most mass and influential political force in Russia. Today it is widely provided in legislative and executive power, in local government bodies. Millions of Russian citizens trust you, and this trust needs to be valued, always to affect the benefit of people, to respond quickly to their problems and expectations.

Also it is extremely important that at the heart of all your activities – such basic, inherent values as love for the country, respect for history, culture and traditions of our multinational people, deep understanding of state interests of Russia.

I am sure, United Russia will keep political leadership and, answering time challenges, to show a capability to development and updating.

I wish you success and all the best".
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Putin met with President of Abkhazia Raul Khadjimba

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with the President of Abkhazia Raul Khadjimba in the Kremlin.

The President of the republic has arrived to Russia with a working visit to Vladimir Putin. The prospects of further development of the bilateral relations were discussed during their meeting.


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Vladimir Putin addressed to the Federal Assembly

Vladimir Putin made his Annual Address to the Federal Assembly. Traditionally, the Address was taking place at the Kremlin’s St. George Hall.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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, I will speak about our tasks in the economy, the social sector, domestic and foreign policy. This year’s address will focus particularly on the economy, social issues, and domestic policy.

We have to address all of these different matters in complicated and highly unusual conditions, which is not a unique event in our history. The people of Russia have shown convincingly once again that they can rise to the difficult challenges and protect and defend their national interests, sovereignty, and independent course.

Colleagues, I have already said publicly on other occasions what I want to say today, but let me say it again now.

Our people have united around patriotic values. We see this unity and we should thank them for it. They have united around these values not because everyone is happy and they have no demands, on the contrary, there is no shortage of problems and difficulties. But people have an understanding of their causes and, most importantly, are confident that together we can overcome these problems. It is this readiness to work for our country’s sake and this sincere and deep-seated concern for Russia that form the foundation of this unity we see.

People expect at the same time to have broad and equal opportunities for self-realization and for making reality their business, creative, and civil initiatives. They expect respect for their person, their rights, freedoms, and labor.

The principles of justice, respect, and trust are universal. We are consistent in defending these principles on the international stage, and, as we see, not without result. But we must put the same effort into guaranteeing these principles here at home, with regard to every individual and to society as a whole.

People take any injustice and untruth very much to heart. This is a distinguishing feature of our culture in general. Our society resolutely rejects arrogance, conceit, insolence and selfishness, no matter in who they see it. Our people place greater value on qualities such as responsibility, high moral standards, concern for public interests, and readiness to listen to others and respect their opinion.

This was reflected in the election campaign that took place this year. As you know, I supported in my 2012 Address the idea of returning to a mixed model for elections to the State Duma. This was a principled step towards meeting public opinion’s demands.

I think that our course of developing the political system, the institutions of direct democracy, and of making elections more competitive is completely justified, and will certainly continue.

The State Duma has bolstered its role as a representative body and the legislative branch of power’s authority has strengthened in general. We must support and confirm this with concrete action. This concerns all political forces represented in the parliament.

United Russia, of course, bears particular responsibility here. Incidentally, the party is celebrating its 15 anniversary at this time. United Russia has a constitutional majority in the State Duma and is the Russian Government’s main support in the parliament. We must organize work together in such a way as to ensure that all promises and commitments made to our people are honored.

Our people decided the election campaign’s result and chose the road of constructive development. They proved that we live in a healthy society that is confident in its fair and just demands, has ever stronger immunity against populism and demagogy, and values highly the importance of solidarity, closeness and unity.

I am not talking, of course, about any kind of dogmas or a false unity put on for show, and I am certainly not talking about imposing a particular world view. We have already gone through all of this in our history, as you know, and we have no intention of returning to the past.

But this does not mean that we can juggle eloquent words and use talk of freedom as a cover for insulting others’ feelings and national traditions.

Someone might consider themselves more progressive, intelligent and cleverer than someone else, but if this is the case, be respectful towards others, and this would be the natural thing to do.

At the same time, I think it is unacceptable to take an aggressive attitude in return, all the more so if it degenerates into vandalism and breaking the law. The state authorities will respond with firmness to such cases.

Tomorrow, the Council for Culture will meet, and we will certainly discuss these issues that provoke broad discussion, and will talk about the principles of mutual responsibility of civil society representatives and arts world figures.

But let me emphasize that whether in culture, politics, the mass media, public life, or in debates on economic issues, no one can ban freedom of though and the freedom to openly express one’s position.

Let me say again that when we speak of solidarity and unity, what we mean is conscious and natural consolidation of our people in the interests of Russia’s successful development.

Is it possible to achieve major strategic goals in a fragmented society? Is it possible to resolve our tasks with a parliament that instead of productive work spends its time on competing ambitions and fruitless argument?

Can we develop successfully on the shaky foundation of a weak state and apathetic government controlled from abroad and that no longer has the people’s trust? The answer is clearly no.

In recent years, we have seen a number of countries where this kind of situation has opened the road to adventurists, coups, and ultimately, anarchy. Everywhere, the result is the same: human tragedies and victims, degradation and ruin, and disappointment.

It is worrying to see that around the world, even in the seemingly most prosperous countries and stable regions, we witness the emergence of an ever greater number of new divisions and conflicts on political, ethnic, religious and social lines.

This is all unfolding against the background of the very serious migration crisis that countries in Europe and elsewhere face today. We know well the consequences that these great upheavals can bring. Unfortunately, our country went through many such upheavals and their consequences in the 20 century.

Next year, 2017, will mark the 100 anniversary of the February and October revolutions. This is a good moment for looking back on the causes and nature of these revolutions in Russia. Not just historians and scholars should do this; Russian society in general needs an objective, honest and deep-reaching analysis of these events.

This is our common history and we need to treat it with respect. This is something that the outstanding Russian and Soviet philosopher Alexei Losev wrote about. “We know the thorny road our country has travelled,” he wrote. “We know the long and tiring years of struggle, want and suffering, but for our homeland’s sons, this is all their native, inalienable heritage.”

I am sure that the vast majority of our people have precisely this attitude towards their homeland, and we need history’s lessons primarily for reconciliation and for strengthening the social, political and civil concord that we have managed to achieve.

It is unacceptable to drag the grudges, anger and bitterness of the past into our life today, and in pursuit of one’s own political and other interests to speculate on tragedies that concerned practically every family in Russia, no matter what side of the barricades our forebears were on. Let’s remember that we are a single people, a united people, and we have only one Russia.

Colleagues, the basis of our entire policy is to take care of people and increase human capital as Russia’s most important resource. Therefore, our efforts are aimed at supporting the traditional values and the family, at [implementing] demographic programs, improving the environment and people’s health, and promoting education and culture.

You know, I cannot but say a few words about what is happening in reality, about what we have here and what we have achieved. The natural population growth continues.

In 2013 – the demographers have the term fertility rate – it was 1.7 in Russia, which is higher than in the majority of European countries. For example, it is 1.2 in Portugal, 1.3 in Spain and Greece, 1.4 in Austria, Germany and Italy, and 1.5 in the Czech Republic. These are 2013 figures. In 2015, the total fertility rate will be even higher in Russia – 1.78 – the rise is slight but it is still a rise.

We will continue to introduce changes in the social sphere so that the system meets more of people’s expectations and needs, and becomes more modern and just. The social spheres should attract skilled professionals and talented young people. That is why, we are raising specialists’ salaries and improving their working conditions.

Let me note that competition to enroll in medical and teacher training universities grows steadily (whereas not so long ago it was hovering around zero). In 2016, it was 7.8 persons for the teaching professions, and after the 2016 enrolment the general competition for state-financed openings was almost 28 applications per opening. God grant all of them – the young specialists – good health and success in their future pursuits.

I remember well how my colleagues and I discussed hi-tech medical aid projects and networks of perinatal centers, which we lacked at that time. In 2018, Russia will have 94 such centers.

Today our doctors save newborns in the most complicated cases. We have reached the level of the advanced countries in these indicators as well.

Back in 2015, Russia’s infant mortality indicators were 6.5 per 1,000 live births, whereas the European Region of the World Health Organization had 6.6; this means that our [indicator] was slightly better. After 10 months in 2016, Russia reached the level of 5.9.

Over the past decade, the number of high-tech medical services has increased by a factor of 15. Hundreds of thousands of complex operations are performed not only at the leading federal centers but also at regional hospitals. While in 2005, when we launched the program, 60,000 people in Russia received high-tech medical assistance, in 2016 the number will be 900,000. It is also essential to move forward. Still, compare: 60,000 and 900,000. Some difference.

Next year we will need to introduce mechanisms to ensure stable financing of high-tech assistance. This will make it possible to make it even more accessible and reduce waiting time for operations.

On the whole – to put it bluntly – problems in the healthcare sector remain and there are still plenty of them. They are related mostly to the primary care level. Its development should be given priority.

Patients are often confronted with waiting lines, a perfunctory attitude and indifference. Doctors are overworked and it is difficult to get an appointment with the required specialist. What often happens is that outpatient clinics are provided with the most modern equipment but medical specialists simply lack qualifications to use that equipment.

Starting next year, regular retraining programs will be organized at federal and regional medical centers and universities. A specialist will now obtain an advanced training voucher and will be able to choose where to undergo training.

We will also continue to enhance the IT level of the public healthcare system to facilitate the procedure of scheduling doctor’s appointments and keeping records. It is important to free doctors from routine tasks, from the need to fill in bundles of reports and statements and give them more time for attending to patients.

Information technology will also be used to significantly tighten oversight over the market of vital medications. This will make it possible to get rid of counterfeit and illegal products and deal with inflated prices in the procurement of medications for hospitals and outpatient clinics.

I propose connecting all of our country’s hospitals and outpatient clinics to high-speed Internet over the next two years. This will enable doctors even in a remote town or village to use the advantages of telemedicine and quickly receive consultations from their colleagues at regional or federal clinics.

I would like to bring this to the attention of the Communications and Mass Media Ministry. The Minister has assured me that this task is absolutely realistic and feasible.

I just mentioned this in my Address, and the whole country will now follow the issue carefully.

Considering Russia’s geography, its vast expanses and certain poorly accessible areas, Russia needs a well-equipped air ambulance service. Next year, the air ambulance program will cover 34 of the country’s regions, which will receive funding from the federal budget.

First of all, I am referring to Siberia, the North and the Far East. For this purpose (the parliament members should know this, as it was partly their initiative), in 2017, we will allocate 3.3 billion rubles to pay for aviation services as part of the air ambulance development project (the proposal should be adopted in the second reading).

Colleagues, in every corner of our great country, children have to be able to study in a pleasant, user-friendly, modern environment, so we will continue the program for the reconstruction and renovation of schools. There will be no more rundown and dilapidated school buildings with no basic amenities.

It is necessary to finally resolve the problem of the third shift, and hopefully eliminate second shifts as well. We should certainly make extra effort to improve the qualifications of teachers. As you know, a program is being implemented to expand the number of students served by educational institutions in 2016. This program is planned for 2016−2025, with 25 billion rubles envisaged annually.

Incidentally, we all know that it is primarily the regions’ responsibility. However, we decided to support the regions in this important initiative. Overall, from 2016 to 2019, we plan to create 187,998 new openings for students in schools.

At the same time, the greatest concern for parents and teachers, and the general public as well is the content of the educational process and how well school education meets two basic goals that Academician Dmitry Likhachev listed: to give knowledge and to foster morality. He rightly believed that morality is the basis that determines the viability of society: its economic, public, and creative sustainability.

It is certainly important to preserve the depth and solidity of national education. Compositions have been returned to the school curriculum, and more attention is being paid to the humanities.

Yet, the hours of tuition according to the school curriculum will clearly not be enough here. We need projects in the theatre, cinema, television and museums, and on the Internet, that are of interest to young people, that attract the attention of young people to the national classical literature, culture and history.

Maxim Oreshkin is appointed the Minister of Economic Development.

Text of the document:

1. According to the point "D" of article 83 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation to appoint Oreshkin Maxim Stanislavovich the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

2. This Decree comes into force from the date of its signing.

Link: http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53364

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Putin will meet with President of Abkhazia Raul Khadjimba.

The two presidents are to discuss prospects for intensifying bilateral cooperation, including the implementation of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Abkhazia on Alliance and Strategic Partnership of November 24, 2014.

Particular focus will be placed on improving mechanisms for Russia’s efforts to facilitate socioeconomic development in Abkhazia and expanding the legal framework for bilateral relations.

Link: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53362

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President of Abkhazia Raul Khadjimba.

Putin visited the International forum Primakovsky Readings

Vladimir Putin visited international Forum Primakovsky Readings

Within the International forum "Primakovsky Readings" Vladimir Putin met the former secretary general of League of Arab States Amr Moussa, the prime minister of Italy Lamberto Dini and the secretary general of NATO Javier Solana.

The international forum "Primakovsky Readings" took place on November 28-30 in Moscow with assistance of Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Institute of World Economy and the International Relations of E.M. Primakov of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Speech of Vladimir Putin:

Dear Irina Borisovna! Dear ladies and gentlemen! Colleagues, friends!

I am very glad to welcome all of you at the International forum "Primakovsky Readings". It is held in the memory and respect of the outstanding statesman, the diplomat, the scientist Evgeny Maksimovich Primakov. One year and half has passed since Evgeny Maksimovich isn't with us.

It was really the large-scale, many-sided personality, the open, benevolent, sympathetic person, fair in the relations with people.

Without exaggeration, it was the great citizen of our country, the great citizen of Russia. It was absolutely natural and organic for him to work for his Homeland. Effective upholding of national interests, patriotism, selfless service to the Fatherland caused always sincere respect of people not only in our country, but also abroad.

The talented person and the bright thinker, Primakov left rich heritage in the most different areas: in the state construction, in science, in foreign policy, economy, journalism.

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Putin gave instructions to Defense Ministry and Emergencies Ministry

Vladimir Putin gave instructions to Defense Ministry and Emergencies Ministry.

Vladimir Putin instructed the Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief to set up field hospitals in Syria with a view to providing medical assistance to the residents of Aleppo and nearby territories. This task is to be implemented within the shortest possible timeframe as per the decision of the Russian President.

Defense Ministry:

Specifically, the Defense Ministry will send a special medical detachment along with a multi-purpose field hospital with 100 places and a special pediatric unit. The hospital will have a capacity to provide outpatient medical services to 420 people a day.

Emergencies Ministry:

The Emergencies Ministry will transport a field hospital with 50 places, which will provide inpatient medical services, and will have a capacity to provide outpatient medical services to 200 people a day.

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Condolences to the President of Brazil Michel Temer.

Vladimir Putin has expressed condolences to the President of the Federal Republic of Brazil Michel Temer in connection with tragic consequences of the crash in Colombia of the Brazilian airplane.


Link: http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53354

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Putin met with the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works CEO

Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Victor Rashnikov (the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works). Results of work of the entity and plans for the future were discussed.



V. Putin: Victor Filippovich, I haven't seen you for ages, but I know that your group of companies develops, Magnitogorsk develops. I hope you will tell us more about what is made lately, and will share your plans for the near-term outlook.

V. Rashnikov: For the last five years we invested more than four billion, and in general in 15 years (since the moment when you have visited the plant for the first time in 1999, as the Prime Minister) we invested 13 billion, 10 – was invested direct in plant.

It allowed us to reequip the plant completely, we increased the absolute outcome of our production on three million tons, but the main thing is that we improved our structure and twice increased the amount of our production with the start of stan-2000 in which you had participated.


We added 1,5 thousand tons of a thick leaf and closed all requirement for metal for large diameter pipes production today. Today we buy nothing abroad, we make all the pipes ourselves.

We increased production of galvanized steel. If in 2002 we did only 100 thousand tons at plant, then today we already on 100 thousand load every month. Today we make 1 million 200 thousand tons of galvanized products.

V. Putin: For automotive industry?


V. Rashnikov: Yes, for automotive industry. We close all requirement for the Russian plants today, we do 70 percent for the AvtoVAZ, 50% – for GAZ, we do 50% for KamAZ. We also work with foreign plants: Ford, Volkswagen, Renault. We deliver about 50 thousand tons a year. We completely cover all requirements which "Ford" requests.

All our projects were directed to products for the internal market, and I tell you that we increased our presence. If in 2000 we did 3,5 million tons for the domestic market, then today we do 9,5 million.

In recent years on average we got about one billion dollars a year. During the last five years we came to new boundaries of the profits. On average it exceed 400 million dollars a year. In total – 4,8 billion. We paid very serious taxes during this period. Retrofitting and a construction of new projects allowed us to achieve such results.


Nature protection activities: we reduced gross emissions by 1,6 times, specific – in 1,9. These are serious investments, very big costs are required. For the last five years we spent 3,5 - 4 billions each year on nature protection activities.

Payroll number – for the last five years we reduced the number of our employees by three thousand directly at the plant and if to take since 2000, then the amount of employees were reduced almost by twice: there were 36 thousand and 18 thousand work now. New technologies and the new equipment allowed us to reduce that number. We reduced the amount of people that worked for our group of companies from 60 thousand to 45 thousand.


The labor productivity(in tons) increased twice. The salary during the last five years grew by 1,5 times too and if to take the long period, then it in general grew by 10 times: today we have an average salary about 51 thousand rubles. It gives us the chance to realize the social policy – to support pensioners, medical treatment, improve the health of our workers, schools. We spend 1,5 billion a year for charity.

There is such sport – hockey. Our team ["Metallurgist"] the second time became the owner of the Gagarin Cup. We were proud to receive your congratulations, thank you. We have already become champions of Russia for five times. All this allowed us to re-equip everything, we made everything modern and expanded the variety of our products.


This year we start the new program which will take us next first five years: we go to the first repartition [smelting of cast iron from iron ore]. We made everything for the steel-smelting production. Now we begin from the mountain – from production of agglomerate till the steel-smelting production.


We are going to construct a new aglofabrika, this year we start it; we finish reconstruction of a stan-2500; we build the galvanizing aggregate which we are going to start next year; further – the coke battery and after that we start a construction of the blast furnace.

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Link: http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53351

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Vladimir Putin and Victor Rashnikov in Kremlin.
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Vladimir Putin with Victor Rashnikov.

Telephone conversation with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences in connection with the railway crash in the Iranian province of Semnan on November 25, which resulted in numerous casualties.

Current issues of Russian-Iranian cooperation were a focus of the conversation, primarily joint priority projects in trade and the economy. Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani reviewed the progress on implementing the agreements reached at the Baku meeting on August 8, 2016. They expressed mutual support for continuing the multifaceted development of bilateral relations, such as maintaining positive dynamics in bilateral trade, which has increased by 80 percent in the first nine months of this year, amounting to $1.6 billion.

The two presidents agreed to continue coordinating steps in global hydrocarbon markets, including as part of the Russia-OPEC energy dialogue, and noted the critical importance of measures taken by OPEC to limit crude oil production as the key factor in stabilizing the global oil market.

Vladimir Putin and Mr. Rouhani also discussed the situation in the Middle East. They highly rated the level of Russian-Iranian cooperation on the anti-terrorist track and agreed to continue to work closely together to ensure the long-term normalization of the situation in Syria.

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Meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council.

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Vladimir Putin held operational meeting with permanent members of the Security Council.

Discussed topics:

  • Progress of the Syrian army in east Aleppo. Release of considerable quarters of the city from the terrorists.
  • Information presence of Russian media abroad.
  • Preparation for the Message of the President to the Federal Assembly which is coming on the 1st of December, 2016.
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Dismissal in state departments.

Dismissal in Administration of the President, FSB, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Federal Security Service (FSB)

Vladimir Putin has signed decrees and dismissed the lietenant general Vasily Hristoforov from a position of the head of department of registration and archival funds of Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and discharged him from military service on reaching age limit of stay on military service.

Administration of the President

Vladimir Putin has signed decrees and dismissed Konstantin Kotenko of the deputy manager of affairs of the President of the Russian Federation – the chief of the Head medical department of the Executive officer of the President at own will.

Ministry of Defence

Vladimir Putin has signed decrees and dismissed Alexander Fisun of the chief of the Head military-medical department of Defense agency of the Russian Federation at own will.

 

Ministry of Internal Affairs

Vladimir Putin has signed decrees and dismissed Alexander Savenkov of the deputy minister of internal affairs of the Russian Federation – the chief of Investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs at own will.

List of Orders:


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Condolences following the death of Fidel Castro.

The Russian President’s message reads, in part:
“I offer my deepest condolences to you and the entire Cuban nation over the death of your brother, the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro.
The name of this remarkable statesman is rightfully viewed as a symbol of a whole era in modern history. Free and independent Cuba built by him and his fellow revolutionaries has become an influential member of the international community and serves as an inspiring example for many countries and peoples.
Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia. He made a tremendous personal contribution to the establishment and progress of Russian-Cuban relations, close strategic partnership in all areas.
This strong and wise man always looked into the future with confidence. He embodied the high ideals of a politician, citizen and patriot who wholeheartedly believed in the cause, to which he devoted his life. Russians will always cherish his memory in their hearts.
In this mournful hour, I ask you to pass on my words of sympathy and support to all members of your family. I wish you courage and tenacity as you face this irreparable loss.”

Rest in Peace Fidel!
Fidel Castro.

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