Vladimir Putin visited Valaam.

The President visited the Transfiguration of the Savior Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam on the day celebrating the memory of Saints Sergius and German, the Valaam Miracle Workers.

The Transfiguration of the Saviour Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam.
The Transfiguration of the Savior Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam.
Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia attended a service celebrating the memory of Saints Sergio's and German. They continued their conversation after the service.

The Transfiguration of the Savior Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam is among the most highly respected in Russia. Every year, over 100,000 pilgrims and tourists visit this monastery located on Valaam Island in the north of Lake Ladoga.


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Vladimir Putin with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Vladimir Putin with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Visiting the Transfiguration of the Savior Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam. With Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Visiting the Transfiguration of the Savior Patriarchal Monastery on Valaam. With Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Telephone conversation with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at the initiative of the Venezuelan side.


The presidents exchanged views on a number of practical issues of Russian-Venezuelan cooperation, in particular, the implementation of mutually beneficial joint projects in the fuel and energy sector.

Mr. Maduro informed Mr. Putin on the Venezuelan government's efforts to normalise the domestic political situation in the country.

Meeting with boxer Denis Lebedev.

Vladimir Putin congratulated Denis Lebedev on retaining his World Boxing Association Super World cruiserweight title.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with boxer Denis Lebedev.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with boxer Denis Lebedev.
The President met with Denis Lebedev after visiting the 2017 INNOPROM exhibition and congratulated the boxer on his success.

Last Sunday, Denis Lebedev confirmed his WBA Super World cruiserweight title in a fight against Australian boxer Mark Flanagan. This is the seventh victory for the Russian boxer and he has been WBA world champion since December 2012. Over his career, Denis Lebedev has had 30 victories (22 knockouts) and three defeats.

Visiting INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Fair.

Vladimir Putin toured the INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Fair in Yekaterinburg.

Vladimir Putin visited INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Fair.
Vladimir Putin visited INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Fair.
The President was shown a new information and analysis dispatch system made by Ural Locomotives for the remote monitoring of train safety.

Vladimir Putin also saw an upgraded Nissan model and was told about its advantages and the peculiarities of the vehicle’s production.

Vladimir Putin saw the latest innovations presented by a number of Japanese companies, and learned how smart technology can help monitor the status of parts and components in industrial machinery so they can be replaced, thus preventing equipment failure or stoppages.

In addition, the President toured the stand of Japanese vehicle maker, and visited the Sinara Group stand, where he saw a scale model of the Yekaterinburg Arena, currently under construction for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

During his visit to the exhibition, Vladimir Putin saw not only innovative solutions and products presented by a number of companies, but also inventions by talented young people. At the stand of Zolotoye Sechenie (Golden Mean), an educational center in the Urals sponsored by the Sirius educational center for gifted children, the President saw robots that were made by young people.

At the stand of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vladimir Putin inquired about innovations developed by the young people who took part in the Ot Vinta International Youth Creativity Festival, including a seabed exploration robot.

Visiting INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Fair.
Visiting INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Fair.
Afterwards, the President saw the latest UAV model, the Jupiter, as well as a drone jamming system for forcing drones to land when used illegally.

Vladimir Putin then was shown another cutting edge design: a unique workflow management system. This state-of-the-art approach to introducing digital technology in Russian manufacturing is intended for the digital modelling of parts, machines and production processes, digital assembly and tests, as well as controlling these processes.

In addition, the President praised the system developed as part of a national technology initiative that prevents a vehicle driver from falling asleep behind the wheel. The Sleep Alert solution uses neurotechnology to understand whether the driver feels tired, distracted or sleepy, and gives a warning signal if the driver seems to be falling asleep or shows signs of losing focus or concentration.

The same stand offered presentations on the development of an energy storage plant, a software platform for creating adaptive robot cells for automated manufacturing and defibrillator-carrying drones.

At the NAMI Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engine Institute stand, the President saw the Shuttle, a driverless public transit vehicle for short-distance passenger transfer.

The President also visited Renova’s and Rostec Corporation’s stands, where he learned about the Smart City project, plans to increase IT exports, new products and services in e-healthcare and equipment for perinatal centers and other medical institutions.

Over 640 industrial companies from 20 countries are attending the INNOPROM-2017 fair. The main theme this year is Smart Manufacturing: Global Approach.

On the previous day, the President took part in the official opening of the fair.


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Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.

Meeting with Yoshiro Mori.

Vladimir Putin met with Former Japanese Prime Minister, President of the Organising Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Yoshiro Mori.

Vladimir Putin with Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Vladimir Putin with Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Vladimir Putin invited Yoshiro Mori for an informal dinner to discuss the state of the two countries' relations and prospects for their further development.

After the meeting, Vladimir Putin accompanied Yoshiro Mori to the hotel where he spoke to members of the Japanese delegation and Yoko Fujimoto, Mr. Mori’s daughter.


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Vladimir Putin and Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Vladimir Putin and Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Informal dinner with Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Informal dinner with Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Russian President and Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Russian President and Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Vladimir Putin and Yoko Fujimoto, the daughter of Yoshiro Mori.
Vladimir Putin and Yoko Fujimoto, the daughter of Yoshiro Mori.
Vladimir Putin spoke to Yoko Fujimoto, the daughter of Yoshiro Mori.
Vladimir Putin spoke to Yoko Fujimoto, the daughter of Yoshiro Mori.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.

Meeting with Sverdlovsk Region Acting Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev.

Mr. Kuivashev briefed Vladimir Putin on the social and economic situation in Sverdlovsk Region. At the meeting, the President passed on to Yevgeny Kuivashev the requests of local residents the President received during the Direct Line.

Meeting with Sverdlovsk Region Acting Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev.
Meeting with Sverdlovsk Region Acting Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Kuyvashev, I have the traditional questions for you: the socioeconomic situation, healthcare, housing and utilities and rundown housing.

Sverdlovsk Region Acting Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev:

Mr. President,

To begin with, I would like to welcome you in our region. We are grateful for your assistance to the region and the INNOPROM Industrial Trade Fair, which is traditionally held in July.

Indeed, Sverdlovsk Region was among the top 10 Russian regions in terms of basic socioeconomic indicators in 2016, partly thanks to INNOPROM.

Regarding the implementation of the Presidential Executive Orders of May 2012, this is a priority for the government agencies. All our roadmaps are focused on increasing wages in the public sector, and we are working to implement them.

(Governor Kuyvashev updated the President on capital repair of local housing, the construction of new housing and the relocation of people from obsolete and dilapidated housing.)

Vladimir Putin with Sverdlovsk Region Acting Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev.
Vladimir Putin with Sverdlovsk Region Acting Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev.
Speaking about the development of our economy and industries, I would like to say that industrial production in the region increased by nearly 5 percent in 2016 compared to the year before, and that we have attracted 1.8 trillion rubles’ worth of investment over the past five years.

We have implemented over 30 large investment projects to upgrade and build new facilities in the past five years. Another seven large projects are underway.

We consider the results of each INNOPROM fair. I would like to say that since 2015, when we held a joint exhibition with China, our foreign trade has almost tripled. After we held the fair jointly with India in 2016, our foreign trade increased by almost 50 percent.

Of course, a solid economy and available funds are the key conditions for implementing your instructions and meeting the goals you set for us, including those in the social sphere. This is what we focus on, and this year’s INNOPROM fair, which is being held jointly with our Japanese partners, promises to lead to major projects that will create new jobs and bring revenue to the region.

Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Kuyvashev, you were correct in saying that paying salaries to public sector employees on time is a positive. You have mentioned capital repairs, and we have discussed healthcare development. There is, however, one thing I wanted to point out.

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
You have probably heard already that the Presidential Executive Office is currently analyzing questions received during the Direct Line. There were quite a few questions from the Sverdlovsk Region and Yekaterinburg. I will pass these questions on to you, and ask that you take up these issues personally. To be honest, some of the things people wrote in their questions were quite surprising.

You spoke about the need to pay salaries to public sector employees on time and in keeping with the 2012 Executive Order. However, people are telling us that in many cases salaries are not paid at all or are delayed.

Here is one of the appeals we received from the Nizhny Tagil Heat Insulating Plant. Of course, statements like this have to be confirmed, since you cannot take them for granted. Nevertheless, if this is the way things really are, it sounds disturbing. It has been reported that the plant owner told his staff, “You will not get anything until the President asks me to pay you.” Salaries have not been paid there for quite a while.

First, we need to know whether the report is true, and if so, how can people be treated so badly. You will look into this yourself, but I think that it may not be enough, so I will also ask the Office of the Prosecutor General, not the local Prosecutor’s Office, to look into it. Maybe nothing happened, I do not know, but we have to understand what is really going on.

There were also questions from Yekaterinburg related to the streets that people visiting the city during the FIFA World Cup are likely to use. It is alleged that people are required to pay for exterior repairs and facelifts along these streets. We have to get to the bottom of this, understand the ownership structure, why people get requests like this, even if they own the property. We have to understand whether these demands are legal. And you will also need to talk to the mayor. Who is the mayor?

Yevgeny Kuyvashev:

Alexander Yakob heads the city Administration.

Vladimir Putin:

You have to talk to him, and sort things out.

There is also the city of Irbit, the so-called motorcycle capital of Russia. The sewage treatment facilities are out of service, which is a serious issue. Environmental protection experts are sounding the alarm, but this is not just about environmental activists, but also about the people. There is great urgency to resolve this issue.

There was also a healthcare-related issue. People are unable to get subsidized medication on a regular basis, and municipal entities operate as for-profit institutions. This was never part of the deal. What is going on?

Vladimir Putin and Sverdlovsk Region Governor.
Vladimir Putin and Sverdlovsk Region Governor.
Of course, the volume of paid services offered by municipal healthcare institutions may increase, but they should not be imposed by cutting down on the services offered free to patients. Thirdly, municipal healthcare facilities are municipal property, which means that what we are dealing with here is covert privatization, if they are operating like private clinics. I ask you to look into this issue.

As for the lack of professionals, this is a common issue for the country. You need to work closely with the Healthcare Ministry, which I hope will yield tangible results. That said, the message we received is very disturbing. Let me read it to you: “Things were never as bad as this before.”

We have become used to thinking in large quantities, and it is true that if we look at healthcare development in broad terms, there is good progress. There is a lot of objective data to back this conclusion, including longer life expectancy, lower maternal and infant mortality rates, and many other positive indicators. However, behind these generalized indicators people still face specific challenges. Please, pay attention to this. Is this agreed?

Yevgeny Kuyvashev:

I will personally look into every case you mentioned.

Vladimir Putin:

I pass this on to you, and will be expecting to hear back from you.

There is also some pleasant news. Following up on your request, today I will sign the Executive Order on the celebration of 300 years since the foundation of Nizhny Tagil.

Yevgeny Kuyvashev:

Thank you very much.

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Visit to Datsyuk Arena sports complex.

Vladimir Putin visited the Datsyuk Arena sports complex and familiarized himself with a project for the creation of a sports and educational cluster to be created in a new neighborhood in Yekaterinburg.

Russian President inspects a scale model of the sports and educational cluster to be constructed in Yekaterinburg's new neighborhood.
Russian President inspects a scale model of the sports and educational cluster to be constructed in Yekaterinburg's new neighborhood.

The construction of the Datsyuk Arena sports complex was financed from a presidential grant received by the local team Neoplan for their victory in the 2014 Night Hockey League tournament and from Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk Region’s municipal budgets. Currently, 600 young athletes train on the ice rinks and in specialized training facilities of this up-to-date hockey center, which occupies a total area of 6,000 square meters.

The President, accompanied by director of the Datsyuk Arena Oleg Cherepanov and hockey player Pavel Datsyuk, saw several ice hockey rinks designed for training children and juniors. Mr. Putin also met with the players of the Neoplan team, who thanked the President for his support.

During his visit to the sport complex, Vladimir Putin viewed a scale model of the sports and educational cluster to be constructed in Yekaterinburg's new neighborhood Solnechny. The project will include a full range of events to train and teach children, both in kindergarten and school, with classes to be held in a swimming pool and ice hockey rinks. In the long term, the most gifted young players will make up Sverdlovsk Region's regional team.


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Vladimir Putin and the players of the team Neoplan, winners of the 2014 Night Hockey League tournament.
Vladimir Putin and the players of the team Neoplan, winners of the 2014 Night Hockey League tournament.
Vladimir Putin visited Datsyuk Arena sports complex.
Vladimir Putin visited Datsyuk Arena sports complex.
Vladimir Putin inspects a scale model of the sports and educational cluster to be constructed in Yekaterinburg's new neighborhood.
Vladimir Putin inspects a scale model of the sports and educational cluster to be constructed in Yekaterinburg's new neighborhood.
Vladimir Putin visits the Datsyuk Arena sport complex and its class for training young hockey players.
Vladimir Putin visits the Datsyuk Arena sport complex and its class for training young hockey players.
Russian President visited Datsyuk Arena sports complex.
Russian President visited Datsyuk Arena sports complex.
Russian President visited Datsyuk Arena sports complex.
Russian President visited Datsyuk Arena sports complex.
Vladimir Putin visited class for training young hockey players.
Vladimir Putin visited class for training young hockey players.
During his visit to the Datsyuk Arena sports complex, Vladimir Putin inspects a scale model of the sports and educational cluster to be constructed in Yekaterinburg's new neighborhood.
During his visit to the Datsyuk Arena sports complex, Vladimir Putin inspects a scale model of the sports and educational cluster to be constructed in Yekaterinburg's new neighborhood.
During his visit to the Datsyuk Arena sports complex, Vladimir Putin meets with the players of the team Neoplan, winners of the 2014 Night Hockey League tournament.
During his visit to the Datsyuk Arena sports complex, Vladimir Putin meets with the players of the team Neoplan, winners of the 2014 Night Hockey League tournament.
Vladimir Putin signs a hockey stick during his visit to the Datsyuk Arena sports complex.
Vladimir Putin signs a hockey stick during his visit to the Datsyuk Arena sports complex.
Russian President with the players of the team Neoplan, winners of the 2014 Night Hockey League tournament.
Russian President with the players of the team Neoplan, winners of the 2014 Night Hockey League tournament.

INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Trade Fair opening.

Vladimir Putin took part in the opening ceremony of the 8th INNOPROM International Industrial Trade Fair during his working trip to Yekaterinburg.


INNOPROM has been held in Yekaterinburg since 2010. China was the fair's partner-country in 2015, India in 2016, and this year’s partner-country is Japan.

INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Trade Fair opening.
INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Trade Fair opening.
The event, taking place on July 10–13, features over 640 industrial companies representing 20 countries. The theme of this year's exhibition is Smart Manufacturing. Global Approach.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Good afternoon, friends, colleagues. Allow me to welcome all participants and guests of the International Industrial Trade Fair.

It is no coincidence that the idea of INNOPROM was conceived here in the city of Yekaterinburg, our country’s major industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center.



Today we are opening the 8th INNOPROM fair. The event has gained the reputation of a respected, efficient and influential international platform. Sverdlovsk Region Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev and his team have contributed greatly to the fair’s successful development.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. INNOPROM 2017.
You all know that Yekaterinburg is currently competing for the right to host the EXPO international exhibition, and the Governor and I have just discussed this. Mr. Kuivashev is persistent, confident and systematic about securing this city’s right to take part in this project.

The Russian Government has given its official support for Yekaterinburg's initiative. In May, the city was included on the list of candidates for hosting the exhibition. Now it must successfully pass the next qualifying rounds. The experience of hosting INNOPROM will certainly be helpful in hosting the EXPO exhibition at the highest level, if this opportunity will be entrusted to our country.

This year, INNOPROM features 20 countries and over 600 major international companies. The partner-country of this year's event is Japan, a global leader in technology and one of Russia's major prospective partners.

The main theme of the fair is ”Smart Manufacturing.“ Today, this is one of the defining areas of global economic growth. Digitization and the development of new technological platforms are advancing rapidly, if not to say very rapidly and they are quickly changing conditions for economic development, just the way it was when the Internet first appeared.

We are paying particular attention to promoting the digital economy. Its principal directions were addressed this week at a meeting of the Presidential Council for Strategic Development and Priority Projects. And, as you know, I have just taken part in a major international event in Hamburg, Germany: the G20 leaders are also paying special attention to this, as innovations and promoting digital technology were in the focus of our discussions.

Vladimir Putin at the INNOPROM-2017.
Vladimir Putin at the INNOPROM-2017.
The INNOPROM fair features Russian companies that are actively introducing advanced technologies. It is very important to see the actual efficiency of these technologies and their practical results, such as improved labor conditions, increased labor productivity, reduced costs, contemporary levels of management, and finally, the increased competitiveness of domestic products, goods and services.

Another key task is to boost the volume of commercial high-technology products produced by our defense industry enterprises. The Ministry of Industry and Trade is actively addressing these issues.

The state corporation Rostec is actively working to diversify a number of its production facilities. This company is also featured at INNOPROM. It will be interesting and useful to learn in detail about the results of the company's activities in this field.

Friends, the future belongs to those who strive to keep up with the times – both in terms of knowledge and in their professions, as well as in terms of their competencies; to those who feel the challenges and demands of the modern times, those who can visualize and introduce new things, and those who set before themselves the task of becoming a leader in this field.

We are already implementing digital projects as part of our national technology initiative. Now it is important to develop them, to scale them up, to develop new markets as quickly as possible, offer additional incentives for investments in high-tech industries, and, of course, to continue creating the right conditions for innovation at all levels – from the federal to the municipal.

The broad introduction of advanced technologies, including digital technologies is viewed as a powerful resource for Russia’s development. This is important for successful cooperation with other countries, including those represented here in this room and at this exhibition.

Vladimir Putin opening INNOPROM 2017.
Vladimir Putin opening INNOPROM 2017.
In the field of digitalization, we have already identified common interests and goals with Japan, Germany, and other countries. We will work on these on a parity and mutually beneficial basis.

Dear colleagues, INNOPROM offers a rich, interesting, and multifaceted program. Right from the start, especially at the opening ceremony one c feel its businesslike yet warm and friendly atmosphere. This serves as evidence of the exhibition’s established traditions and its great potential. I am confident that the forthcoming discussion of the most important development issues and the exchange of experiences will have a positive impact on our industry’s revival and will strengthen international cooperation.

Allow me to wish you all productive work. I would like to cordially welcome our Japanese friends and colleagues who have also brought, as far as I understand, their concert program to Russia.

I wish you all continued success. Thank you very much for your kind attention.

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Russian President INNOPROM-2017 International Industrial Trade Fair opening.
Russian President * INNOPROM-2017 * International Industrial Trade Fair opening.