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Chemical disarmament completed in Russia.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin listened to a report via video conference on the destruction of Russian last remaining chemical weapons.

Destruction of the last remaining Russian chemical weapons.
Destruction of the last remaining Russian chemical weapons.
Mikhail Babich, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District and Chairman of the State Commission for Chemical Disarmament, reported to President Vladimir Putin on the completion of chemical disarmament ahead of schedule.

Also in attendance at the video conference were:
  • Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade
  • Valery Kapashin, Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Federal Directorate for Safe Storage and Disposal of Chemical Weapons
  • Hamid Ali Rao, Deputy Director-General of the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, good afternoon.

We are witnessing an important, you could even say historic, event because the last chemical ammunition from Russia’s chemical weapons arsenal will be destroyed today.



Without exaggeration, we can say that this is a historic event considering the massive amount of chemical weapons inherited from the Soviet Union – an amount that, experts believe, would be enough to destroy every living creature on the planet several times. This is a huge step towards greater balance and security in the modern world.

Today’s event means our country will fulfill the main international obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which is to completely eliminate its chemical weapons. Russia was one of the first to sign this treaty and has worked closely with its partners to relieve humankind of the threat of the use and proliferation of such barbaric, lethal weapons. On a related note, I would like to remind you of Russia’s key role in resolving the chemical weapons issue in Syria.

We can say that this is a historic event considering the massive amount of chemical weapons inherited from the Soviet Union. This is a huge step towards greater balance and security in the modern world.

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

Implementation of the Russian program got underway back in the 1990s when our country was experiencing serious economic difficulties. In the early 2000s we found the resources to step up implementation. A truly enormous amount of work has been done over the course of 20 years. Modern high-tech enterprises were established and domestic technology developed to ensure that the chemical weapons were destroyed safely, in line with the toughest environmental standards and requirements.

It is important to make effective use of this experience and built facilities to develop the production of high-tech civilian products. Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov is here today and I would like to ask him to report separately on what is planned to do in this regard. We have repeatedly discussed this issue at different meetings.

Chemical disarmament completed in Russia.
Chemical disarmament completed in Russia.

Colleagues, I would like to emphasize once again: Russia is strictly fulfilling its international commitments, including its obligations on disarmament and non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction. We are well aware of the potential dangers and risks associated with the resumption of the arms race and attempts to upset strategic parity. We are always open to meaningful dialogue on enhancing global security and strengthening confidence-building measures.

We expect that Russia’s efforts to eliminate chemical weapons will serve as an example to other countries as well. As is known, the largest chemical weapons arsenals belonged to Russia and still belongs to the United States that, regrettably, does not abide by its commitments on deadlines for chemical arms destruction. The deadlines for their elimination have been postponed three times, including supposedly due to a shortage of necessary budget funds, which sounds strange, to be honest, but let it be. We expect the United States and other countries to fulfill their commitments under international agreements.

Vladimir Putin at a videoconference on the destruction of Russian last remaining chemical weapons.
Vladimir Putin at a video conference on the destruction of Russian last remaining chemical weapons.

Russia is strictly fulfilling its international commitments, including its obligations on disarmament and non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction. We are always open to meaningful dialogue on enhancing global security.

I would like to thank all those who took part in implementing this program, who displayed the utmost professionalism, responsibility and, at times, courage. I congratulate you on successfully eliminating the last of Russia’s chemical weapons.

I would like to note that our country planned to complete this work by 2020 but completed it ahead of schedule this year, 2017. This is a great success, the result of large-scale, comprehensive and important work of large teams of scientists, workers, and engineers who worked at enterprises specially built for this task.

Congratulations to all of you once again.

Go ahead, please. You have the floor.

Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District Mikhail Babich: Mr. President,

Today, as per your instructions, we are completing the implementation of the presidential program on the complete elimination of chemical weapons in the Russian Federation. This effort covered six regions where seven state-of-the-art industrial complexes were built.

Let me stress that the technology and all the equipment that was used were developed by Russian researchers and engineers. In addition, in accordance with your instructions, in all municipalities where the facilities for the elimination of chemical weapons were located, social infrastructure facilities were renovated or built, with some 11.5 billion rubles allocated. These funds went towards building more than 400 residential buildings, 20 schools and kindergartens, 14 hospitals, 3 sports complexes, more than 160 kilometers of roads, 640 kilometers of gas pipelines, 240 kilometers of water utilities, and many other social and utility infrastructure facilities that will continue to serve these municipalities and their residents.

Vladimir Putin listened to a report via videoconference on the destruction of Russian last remaining chemical weapons. With Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.
Vladimir Putin listened to a report via video conference on the destruction of Russian last remaining chemical weapons. With Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.

As you have noted, in accordance with international treaties Russia was to complete the elimination of chemical weapons by 2020. However, in accordance with your instruction that seeks, among other things, to ensure the safety of the population in cities and districts where chemical weapons were located, this work has been completed three years ahead of schedule. The fact that today, on September 27, 2017 the last chemical ordnance was destroyed here in Kizner village of the Republic of Udmurtia, was made possible by the efforts of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Defence Ministry, the Federal Security Service, the Foreign Ministry, as well as the staff of the Federal Directorate for Safe Storage and Disposal of Chemical Weapons.

As you have already noted, out of more than 70,000 tonnes of chemical weapons that existed across the world, 40,000 tonnes were located in the Russian Federation and 28,000 tonnes in the United States. However, the Russian Federation has completed this work more than six years earlier than our US colleagues, despite having a much larger stockpile.

Representatives of international organizations and countries that are party to the Convention who are here today express their gratitude to the Russian Federation and you personally for completing this work so fast while observing the strictest environmental requirements. This is a big contribution to international security. It is important to note that during all these years not a single accident took place at a single Russian facility.

Mr. Putin, the State Chemical Disarmament Commission has completed all tasks set before it. All these years you personally monitored the implementation of this most difficult task. Starting today, the Russian Federation will be country that is completely free of chemical weapons. To begin the process of destroying the last chemical ordnance, allow me to turn things over to Head of the Federal Administration for the Safe Storage and Elimination of Chemical Weapons Lt-Gen Valery Kapashin.

Vladimir Putin: Mr. Kapashin, go ahead please.

Head of the Federal Administration for the Safe Storage and Elimination of Chemical Weapons Lt-Gen Valery Kapashin: Comrade Supreme Commander-in-Chief! We are ready to eliminate the last ordnance bearing the toxic substance VX. Requesting permission to initiate destruction.

Vladimir Putin: Permission granted.

Valery Kapashin: Initiate destruction.

What we are seeing is an ordnance after it was drilled and placed in position to remove the chemical agent where the ordnance is clasped. The device is checked to ensure that it is hermetically sealed, it is rotated 180 degrees, the chemical agent leaves the ordnance, then it is moved back into the initial position and washed with a de-gassing solution after which it undergoes thermal decontamination and deformation.

Comrade Supreme Commander-in-Chief! Chemical weapons in the Russian Federation have been fully destroyed.

That concludes my report.

Vladimir Putin: Thank you. Congratulations!

Mr. Ali Rao, go ahead please.

Deputy Director General of the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Hamid Ali Rao:

Mr. President, it is a momentous occasion today which signals the full elimination of all chemical weapons stockpiles declared by the Russian Federation.

It is truly a historic milestone for the Russian Federation, the OPCW and the international community.

This joint success further contributes to strengthening provisions of the Convention and highlights its effectiveness in our journey together to eliminate the chemical weapons and work together for a chemical-weapon-free world.

It showcases Russia’s steadfast commitment and contribution to disarmament and nonproliferation.

I sincerely appreciate your personal interest and decisions to achieve this and offer warm congratulations to you, Mr. President, the Russian Government and all those who worked tirelessly to make this remarkable success a reality.

Thank you, Mr. Putin.

Vladimir Putin: Mr. Ali Rao,

In turn, I would like to thank you, all your colleagues and the entire Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for the joint work conducted over many years to reach the goal that it took us almost 20 years to accomplish. We worked together for 20 years to move closer to today.

I would like to thank you again and express hope that your organization will continue working with the international community to enhance confidence-building measures and make the world safer, more stable and more secure. Many thanks to you for cooperation.

And now I would like to ask our Minister of Industry, Mr. Manturov, to report on plans for using the facilities, structures and infrastructure that has been built, to address national economic tasks.

Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov: Thank you, Mr. President.

Eight facilities were built for the destruction of chemical weapons. This is cutting-edge infrastructure. Almost 300 billion rubles were spent from the federal budget for this purpose alone over these years. We would be interested in using these facilities for commercial purposes. For instance, we plan to organize the production of pharmaceuticals and chemicals at the Pochep facility in the Bryansk Region and the Maradykovsky facility in the Kirov Region. We are planning to use the Kizner facility, where the last chemical arms stockpile was destroyed today, to produce gunpowder and explosives. We are ready to shut down the gunpowder plant in the center of Kazan and transfer gunpowder production to a completely new site.

Mr. President, I would like to stress that at present Russia, in fact, does not have the necessary capacities to neutralize industrial wastes of hazard class 1 and class 2 which total about 400,000 tonnes per year. To treat the bulk of this amount, we are going to set up inter-regional centers of hazardous waste decontamination, using such facilities as Kambarka in Urdmurtia, Gorny in the Saratov Region, Shchushye in the Kurgan Region and Leonidovka in the Penza Region. To attract businesses, we intend to grant a concession to operate those facilities, since the most interested parties are companies, including those which use pension funds. Accordingly, under the law, only a concession agreement is possible.

Some legislation has to be amended. At the same time, in order to ensure that all the seven facilities are handed over to investors now that the chemical weapons have been destroyed, we have to completely restore those enterprises to a healthy state. To do this, we have earmarked 5.3 billion rubles in the 2018 budget.

But taking into account the clean-up work that follows the destruction of chemical weapons, we have prepared a separate sub-program for the period 2019–2024. With your support, we will be able to submit it for consideration, submit it to the Russian Government and, jointly with the Finance Ministry, to reserve funds for the period 2019–2024.

Vladimir Putin: All right. Have the final details worked out and submit it to the Government of the Russian Federation.

Denis Manturov: Thank you.

Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, I am addressing our colleagues in Kizner, let me thank you again for the work you have done, and express hope that the plan laid out by the Minister of Industry of the Russian Federation will be implemented. All the infrastructure that has been built, all the assets invested in the noble cause of eliminating chemical weapons, will not be buried here, at these enterprises; they will be used in the future for positive work aimed at creating and developing. There are also enterprises connected with the defense complex. By the way, gun powders are used not only in the defense industry but also in civilian industries, so all that should contribute to the development of the respective regions. And the jobs created, I hope, will not end up on the chopping block, we will do everything possible to preserve them.

Thank you very much. All the best!

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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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.

Putin watched Zapad-2017 Russian-Belarusian Army exercises

Vladimir Putin watched the action of the soldiers of Russia and Belarus during the Zapad-2017 joint strategic military exercises at the Luzhsky training ground in Leningrad Region.

Russian Helicopters
The attack of Helicopters during the exercises of Russia and Belarus at the Zapad-2017.
The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces Vladimir Putin observed the action of the troops of the Union State of Russia and Belarus during the Zapad-2017. The exercises are taking place at Russian and Belarusian training grounds on September 14–20. They involve about 12,700 troops, about 70 aircraft and helicopters, up to 680 units of combat hardware, including about 250 tanks, up to 200 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, and 10 warships.


The main goals of the drill are to upgrade the operational coordination of various command levels, to integrate troop and weapon advanced command and control systems, to test new charter documents and to allow commanders at all levels to practice combat action planning based on the experience of present-day armed conflicts.

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Wanna Peace? Prepare for WAR! Zapad-2017.
Wanna Peace? Prepare for WAR! Zapad-2017.
Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic military exercises.
Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic military exercises.
Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu in the command center at the Luzhsky training ground.
Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu in the command center at the Luzhsky training ground.
Vladimir Putin at the Luzhsky training ground during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises.
Vladimir Putin at the Luzhsky training ground during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises.
Vladimir Putin watching Zapad-2017 Russian-Belarusian exercises.
Vladimir Putin watching Zapad-2017 Russian-Belarusian exercises.
Russian Tank. Zapad 2017 military exercises.
Russian Tank. Zapad 2017 military exercises.
Russian Tanks
Russian Tanks attacking the enemy at the Zapad 2017.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Zapad 2017.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Zapad 2017.
Vladimir Putin with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.
Vladimir Putin with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.
Vladimir Putin observing exercises of Russian Army at the Zapad-2017.
Vladimir Putin observing exercises of Russian Army at the Zapad-2017.
Foreign observers during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises at Luzhsky training ground.
Foreign observers during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises at Luzhsky training ground.

Putin visited corvette Sovershenny

Vladimir Putin toured the new Russian Project 20380 Corvette Sovershenny moored in Ajax Bay near Russian Island, where the Eastern Economic Forum is being held.
Vladimir Putin toured the new Russian Project 20380 Corvette Sovershenny.
Vladimir Putin toured the new Russian Project 20380 Corvette Sovershenny.

The captain showed the vessel’s equipment and armaments to Vladimir Putin .

The Sovershenny corvette is the first ship under Project 20380 built at the Amur Shipyard. The ship is intended for patrolling, fighting against surface and underwater ships of the enemy and supporting amphibious operations in the close-in sea zone. It was laid on the slipway on June 30, 2006.

Subsequently, the construction was stopped because of the lack of funding.


In 2009, Vladimir Putin, who was Prime Minister at that time, visited the Amur Shipyard, where he decided to raise funds for its completion using the most modern technologies. The ship was floated out on May 22, 2015. The transfer of the corvette to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet took place on July 20, 2017.

After touring the ship, the President instructed the captain to draw up a list of problem areas to start work on the further improvement of this type of ships.

The President was accompanied by:
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev
  • Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov
  • Governor of the Primorye Territory Vladimir Miklushevsky
  • Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport.

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New Project 20380 corvette Sovershenny.
New Project 20380 corvette Sovershenny.
Corvette Sovershenny.
Corvette Sovershenny.
Vladimir Putin on board of new project 20380 corvette.
Vladimir Putin on board of the new project 20380 corvette.
Vladimir Putin visited corvette Sovershenny.
Vladimir Putin visited corvette Sovershenny.
Touring the new Project 20380 corvette.
Touring the new Project 20380 corvette.
Vladimir Putin watching a BIG gun
Vladimir Putin watching a really BIG GUN :)
Touring the new Project 20380 corvette Sovershenny.
Touring the new Project 20380 corvette Sovershenny.
Vladimir Putin with Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov while touring the new Project 20380 corvette Sovershenny.
Vladimir Putin with Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov while touring the new Project 20380 corvette Sovershenny.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin with Governor of the Khabarovsk Region Vyacheslav Shport while touring the new Project 20380 corvette Sovershenny.
Vladimir Putin with Governor of the Khabarovsk Region Vyacheslav Shport while touring the new Project 20380 corvette Sovershenny.
Vladimir Putin and Governor of the Khabarovsk Region Vyacheslav Shport on board of corvette Sovershenny.
Vladimir Putin and Governor of the Khabarovsk Region Vyacheslav Shport on board of corvette Sovershenny.

Putin sent greetings to International Forum ARMY-2017

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to organizers, participants and guests of International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2017.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Dear friends,

It is a pleasure to welcome the organizers, participants and guests of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2017.

Vladimir Putin visited the Admiralty building.

A reception to mark Russian Navy Day was hosted at the restored Admiralty building, which houses the Russian Navy Headquarters.

Vladimir Putin visited Admiralty building.
Vladimir Putin visited Admiralty building.
The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, accompanied by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolev, toured the library premises and viewed its unique Russian naval history documents, including those from the Peter the Great era.

The President was also shown the office of the Russian Empire's last Naval Minister, Ivan Grigorovich. Once restored, the room can again be used as the main office of the Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief. Vladimir Putin left a note in the distinguished visitors’ book saying, ”My congratulations on completing the restoration. I wish you success in your work in the name of the Russian Fleet.“

In the Admiralty building, the President also viewed an exhibition of the Central Naval Museum.

The restoration of the Admiralty building began in 2013, with repairs being made on the facades and the roof, and reinforcements done to the tower and the building’s foundation. At the end of 2013, the Church of Saint Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous, was opened in the tower with the steeple at the intersection of Admiralty Embankment and Dvortsovy Proezd.

Following the visit to the Admiralty, the President attended a reception to mark Russian Navy Day.

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Speech at the reception to mark Russian Navy Day (Vladimir Putin).

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin. Speech at the reception to mark Russian Navy Day.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Ladies and gentlemen, veterans,

Once again, my heartfelt congratulations to you on this holiday!

Navy Day is among the most popular holidays with the Russian people, who have hold in high regard people in naval uniforms, their nobility and heroism, and their professional traditions.

Today, we honor courageous, strong-spirited people. You have chosen to serve in the navy, protect the interests of our Motherland and provide security of its citizens, while making a great contribution to the strengthening of Russia's defense capacity and global stature.

My most heartfelt congratulations to the veterans of the Great Patriotic War. You fought to bring victory on board military ships, on land, and as part of combined naval units, marine infantry units. You have always been an example of perseverance and bravery.

Vladimir Putin visited the historical building of the Admiralty.
Vladimir Putin visited the historical building of the Admiralty.
My special words of gratitude go to workers, engineers and designers. Shipbuilders’ Day, a holiday that was established this year, is the result of the well-deserved appreciation people have for the work of the many generations of people who have given life to ships and continue to do so.

Today, thanks to the potential of the country's industry and science, we are strengthening the national defense and replenishing our Navy with state-of-the-art vessels and equipment. Last year, the fleet received 24 surface ships, two general-purpose submarines, and a service ship. This year, we plan to commission 30 ships and vessels.

We will strictly follow our other plans for the Navy's development to boost our arsenal of modern weapons and raise the quality of combat training. And, of course, we will provide all necessary social support and assistance to servicemen and their families.

Vladimir Putin. Reception to mark Russian Navy Day.
Vladimir Putin. Reception to mark Russian Navy Day.

Friends,

We are rightfully proud of our legendary naval commanders, brave and bold officers and mariners, fearless pioneers of Arctic travels and the world’s oceans, we are proud of today's generation of Russian Navy mariners, of all those who consider fidelity to duty and the oath to serve, honor and responsibility, and the spirit of military brotherhood as being of the utmost importance.

Here is to Russian Navy and the prosperity of our dear Motherland!

Congratulations!