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President Vladimir Putin sent greetings to Junior Delphic Games

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

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

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

President Putin sent greetings on 15th anniversary of OPORA

Vladimir Putin congratulated OPORA Russia, a public organization for small and medium-sized entrepreneurship, on its 15th anniversary.

OPORA Russia public association.
OPORA Russia public association.

The message of Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
"Over this period, OPORA Russia has brought together representatives of the business community from different regions and has earned high public recognition thanks to its extensive work. It is important that the organization is a serious and reliable partner of the state in addressing such pressing matters as increasing the competitiveness of domestic products, companies and enterprises and improving the business and investment climate in the country, and it generally plays a significant role in building a modern economy. The creative, intellectual and professional contribution of OPORA Russia to improving labor, tax and corporate law is also of great importance. I am convinced that this forum will be constructive and will give impetus to new projects and initiatives required for practical activities."


OPORA Russia’s anniversary forum is taking place in Moscow on September 18–19.

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 sent greetings to the Fifth World Festival of Circus Art IDOL

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the participants, organizers and guests of the Fifth World Festival of Circus Art IDOL-2017 held in Moscow on September 14–17.

Fifth World Festival of Circus Art IDOL-2017 in Moscow.
Fifth World Festival of Circus Art IDOL-2017 in Moscow.
The message of Vladimir Putin reads, in part:

“Today the Fifth World Festival of Circus Art IDOL-2017 opens at the Great Moscow State Circus, and I would like to extend my very best on this important festive occasion. The circus enjoys special affection in our country, and the Russian school of circus is rightly celebrated for its rich history and wonderful traditions. This is why such unconventional creative projects as your festival always evoke a keen response in the hearts of spectators. I am certain the festival will be held at a high artistic and organizational level. Its guests will see performances by talented Russian and foreign artists while the demanding jury will recognize the best among them.”

Putin met with Chairman of Independent Trade Unions

Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov. 

The discussion of Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Shmakov focused, in particular, on bringing the minimum wage up to the minimum subsistence level.
Vladimir Putin with Chairman of Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov.
Vladimir Putin with Chairman of Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Shmakov, as you may know, I have been discussing with the Russian Government the matter of bringing the minimum wage in line with the minimum subsistence level.

You are always raising this issue, and quite rightly too, as the law requires bringing these into line.
I would like to begin our meeting with this issue and then move on to any other matters you think we should discuss.


Chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov:

Mr. Putin, we have long been discussing this matter with the Russian Government. The Government formulated a proposal, approved by you, to bring this into effect by the start of 2019. This is a good step forward, but we believe that it could come into effect instantaneously starting on January 1, 2018.

Chairman of Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov.
Chairman of Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov.
We think this could be done because the statistics show a positive economic development trend and to have this go ahead all at once throughout the country would not require a lot of money – we calculate that around 60 billion rubles would be needed, with around 16–18 billion rubles to be provided from the federal budget.

We could achieve the alignment right at the start of 2018 and all that would remain is to agree or adopt a law on automatic compensation depending on inflation.

The inflation rate is low and stable we do not have such fluctuations now in terms of spending and revenue, and so we can transition to a normal process to ensure the sustainable development of each family, each state and company, all of which is included in the financial plans of companies and the state budget.

Our worst fear is that this may have a negative impact on the budgetary allocations to the wage fund in the public sector. In our opinion, now is the best time in the national economy to do this.
Of course, we have taken note of your instructions to the Government to take a second look at this issue and possibly accelerate its solution.

Vladimir Putin:

I only said ‘no later than’.

Mikhail Shmakov:

You have set a deadline and urged to speed the matter up. I believe therefore that we can review this matter again, though not today, because the decision has been only taken the other day.
I would like to say again that this is a very good decision, but I think we could deal with the matter sooner than early 2019.

Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Shmakov, I have a series of international meetings and events in the next two days in Sochi. When I go back to Moscow, I will be able to take this up again. We must tally everything up, but it is true that everyone wants this to happen as soon as possible.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Chairman of Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Chairman of Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov.
However, as doctors say, we must do no harm; we should not affect the budget’s ability to finance other social obligations, including very important ones.

But you are right in that we have the possibility for doing this now. We discussed this, including a one-time increase of the minimum wage on January 1, 2018. We will get back to this idea.

Mikhail Shmakov:

Mr. President, I have one more argument.

Various processes are underway in the economy. For example, a leading bank has collapsed. It is planned to invest between 250 billion and 400 billion rubles in its rehabilitation. The 60 billion rubles we need are peanuts compared to 400 or even 250 billion rubles needed for this bank.

Vladimir Putin:

This is the job of the Central Bank, not the Russian Government.

Mikhail Shmakov:

There must be a mechanism for balancing the spending of both the Central Bank and the Russian Government.

Vladimir Putin:

All right, let us talk about this in greater detail.

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Putin sent greetings on opening of sports center for children FC Totem

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to participants, organizers and guests of the opening ceremony for the multifunctional sports center for the Krasnoyarsk children football club Totem.

Football club Totem.
Football club Totem.
The message of Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
“This is a long-awaited and truly festive occasion for all the FC Totem members and their coaches. The world leader among teams of children’s homes and boarding schools has obtained a modern and comfortable venue for training, practicing and hosting matches. It is symbolic that today, the cup of the 2018 FIFA world championship is presented here. After all, the preparations for such important international competitions, building brilliant, outstanding teams that are geared to win, begin with children's and youth sports, with the search for young talents, followed by fostering and developing them. It is precisely such arenas as yours that should unite everyone who loves this sport in our country and aspires to soar to new heights.”


Vladimir Putin cast his vote during municipal elections in Moscow

President Putin visited polling station No. 2151 in Moscow's Gagarinsky District and cast his vote in elections for deputies of local self-government bodies.

Vladimir Putin cast his vote during municipal elections in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin cast his vote during municipal elections in Moscow.
On the unified voting day, elections of various levels take place in 82 regions of Russia. People are voting for top officials in a number of Russian Federation's constituent entities, regional parliament deputies, and representatives of municipal authorities.

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Question:

For whom have you cast your vote?

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

This is secret information.


Question:

Do you know these candidates?

Vladimir Putin:

Yes, I do.

Question:

Did you follow the election campaign?

President Putin visited polling station No. 2151 in Moscow's Gagarinsky District.
President Putin visited polling station No. 2151 in Moscow's Gagarinsky District.
Vladimir Putin:

Not really.

Question:

Mr. President, will Russia offer aid to Cuba following Hurricane Irma?

Vladimir Putin:

Yes, we are ready. Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has already offered help. We are prepared to help.

Remark:

Thank you.

Vladimir Putin voting during municipal elections in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin voting during municipal elections in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin:

Where do I know the candidates from – well, I've read their biographies in advance.

Question:

So, it was an informed choice?

Vladimir Putin:

Yes, it was.

Remark:

As you can see, voter turnout is rather low.

Vladimir Putin:

I can see it, yes. But there are many of you here.

Russian President visited polling station No. 2151 in Moscow's Gagarinsky District.
Russian President visited polling station No. 2151 in Moscow's Gagarinsky District.
Remark:

Our turnout is 100 percent as usual.

Vladimir Putin:

Not bad at all. That journalists are showing interest in municipal elections is also a very important thing.

Remark:

But this isn’t the case with residents.

Vladimir Putin:

There are going to be more, the day is still young.

Remark:

After they watch the news about your taking part.

Vladimir Putin:

We will see.

All the best to you!

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the ISSF World Championship Shotgun

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the participants, organizers and guests of the ISSF World Championship Shotgun 2017.

ISSF World Championship Shotgun 2017.
ISSF World Championship Shotgun 2017.

The message of Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
“Russia attaches great importance to the development of shooting sport. We are proud of the victories by Russian champions and record holders at the most prestigious international competitions, celebrate the record of success and achievement of the Russian shooting school, and are committed to further promoting this wonderful, spectacular sport. Of course, it is a pleasure and honor for Russia to welcome the world’s top shooting sport athletes.


I strongly believe that the championship will be very well organized, attracting a wide audience of shooting sport experts and fans, and will be remembered for its spectacular and inspiring moments, becoming a real treat for participants and guests.”

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to Representatives of Arctic Council

Vladimir Putin sent a message of greetings to participants and guests of the 7th International Meeting of Representatives of Arctic Council Member States, Observer States and Foreign Scientific Community.

Arctic Council.
Arctic Council.
The message of the Russian President reads, in part:
“It is symbolic that this forum is being held in Sabetta, where a large-scale Yamal LNG energy project is being implemented, a project that has become a vivid example of mutually beneficial international cooperation and of caring attitude to the vulnerable ecosystem in the Arctic. It is this constructive and open approach that is needed for effective economic development of the Arctic.

Vladimir Putin sent congratulation to President of Armenia

Vladimir Putin sent a message of congratulations to President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on the 20th anniversary of the Russian-Armenian Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance.

Vladimir Putin congratulated President Serzh Sargsyan on the anniversary of the Russian-Armenian Treaty of Friendship.
Vladimir Putin congratulated President Serzh Sargsyan on the anniversary of the Russian-Armenian Treaty of Friendship.
Russian President noted in his message about the long and rich history of Russian-Armenian relations, which have always been based on the firm ties of friendship and mutual respect between the Russian and Armenian people.

Putin sent greetings to Spasskaya Tower Military Music festival

President Putin sent his message of greeting to the participants, organizers and guests of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival.

Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival.
Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival.

The message of Vladimir Putin reads, in part:
“The festival is renowned for its diverse, rich program and for its special, inspired atmosphere. The spectators look forward to and delight in this event that has become a true trademark of our capital city. Its impressive and spectacular concerts have become a truly triumphant success. Each year, the Spasskaya Tower attracts more and more military bands and outstanding soloists, dancers and folk groups from Russia and many other countries.

Putin sent greetings to the 20th Russian Art Festival in Cannes

Vladimir Putin sent his greetings to all taking part in the 20th Russian Art Festival in Cannes.

20th Russian Art Festival in Cannes.
20th Russian Art Festival in Cannes.
In his message, President Putin said, in particular:

“I send my warmest welcome to all taking part in the 20th Russian Art Festival in Cannes.

Putin sent greetings to Federal Medical-Biological Agency

Vladimir Putin congratulated the personnel and veteran workers of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency on the agency’s 70th anniversary.

Federal Medical-Biological Agency.
Federal Medical-Biological Agency.
The message of Russian President reads, in part:

“The story of the FMBA began in August 1947, when a medical-biological department was established at the Soviet Union’s Healthcare Ministry. Since then, the agency has contributed a great deal to the medical and sanitary welfare of the personnel of the country’s key high-tech industries, high performance sports and also residents of restricted administrative and territorial entities and science towns.

Putin sent greetings to participants of the Fifth Short Film Festival

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the participants, organizers and guests of the Fifth Short Film Festival Koroche (Shorter).

Fifth Short Film Festival «Koroche».
Fifth Short Film Festival «Koroche».
The message of the Russian President reads, in part:

“Despite its young age, the festival has already earned an international reputation as a promising creative event aimed at making quality films and promoting the best Russian short films. Naturally, the main goal is to seek talent, provide professional and information support and facilitate the development of Russian regional film studios.

Greetings to VI Session of World Congress of Tatars.

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the delegates and guests of the VI Session of the World Congress of Tatars, held in Kazan.


The message reads, in part:

“I believe that your forum is a major event with a great social impact that brings together participants from various regions of Russia and a number of other countries. The diversity of religions, cultures and traditions is rightly regarded as one of the main riches of our multi-ethnic Fatherland. It is a priority for the state to preserve the identity and unique character of every ethnic group, and strengthen peace, and inter-ethnic and inter-religious cohesion in the country. It is essential that major public initiatives, such as the World Congress of Tatars, contribute to the success of these large-scale and highly relevant efforts. This year the Congress celebrates its 25th anniversary. The efforts of the World Congress of Tatars to promote the Tatar language and culture, and implement important educational projects and awareness campaigns, including in the area of international cooperation, deserve our outmost respect.

I strongly believe that the session will be held in a creative and constructive atmosphere, helping promote business ties and people-to-people contacts.”

Vladimir Putin met with Lyudmila Alexeyeva

Vladimir Putin congratulated human rights champion and public activist and Chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday.

President Putin congratulated Lyudmila Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday.
President Putin congratulated Lyudmila Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday.
Before leaving for a trip to Yoshkar-Ola, the President visited Ms. Alexeyeva at her home and presented her with a bouquet of flowers and an engraving of a view of her hometown, Yevpatoria, as well as a decorative plate depicting Moscow State University’s main building.

Earlier, Mr. Putin sent Ms. Alexeyeva a message of greetings, which reads, in part:

“You followed your heart’s calling and devoted yourself to serving society and defending human rights and freedoms with firmness and determination. Your particular moral strength and faithfulness to your convictions have enabled you to make a significant contribution to human rights activity and to strengthening the institutions of democracy and civic society”.

Following the meeting, the President spoke briefly with Moscow residents.

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Conversation with Lyudmila Alexeyeva.


President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Good afternoon Ms. Alexeyeva.

I would like to congratulate you on your birthday.

Vladimir Putin with Lyudmila Alexeyeva.
Vladimir Putin with Lyudmila Alexeyeva.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

This is quite a gift!

Vladimir Putin:

I would like to congratulate you on my own behalf and on behalf of the very many people who love you and are grateful to you for all that you do for them.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

They have been calling me all day. I have just relinquished both phones for a time; otherwise, we would not be able to speak. I am very, very grateful to you.

Vladimir Putin:

And I am grateful to you for all you have done over these many, many years for such a huge number of people in our country, people who love you dearly and are grateful to you for the life that you live in the service of others. Thank you very much for this.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:


When I began all this 50 years ago, I asked myself, how many years would I get? If they charged me under article 70, I would get seven years in prison and five in exile, but if they charged me under article 190, I would be lucky to get three years in prison and five in exile. It certainly never entered my mind that the president would come to congratulate me one day.

Vladimir Putin:

Much has changed.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

This is a rare case when someone was busy with goodness knows what and has earned recognition. I have just had a call from Mr. Volodin [Speaker of the State Duma]; yesterday, Mr. Kiriyenko [First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office] called, and today, you have come. People hope for this all their lives but do not achieve it despite their efforts, and I have it all come upon me without even trying. I was busy with quite different matters.

Vladimir Putin:

I know. You were actually doing the most important thing of all.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

My work was with people.

Vladimir Putin:

People, absolutely right.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn had a key idea about preserving the people. He worked on it in his way, and you in your way.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

I could only deal with one person at a time, but to save just one person is already such a great joy.

Vladimir Putin:

This is true.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

When I spoke with Mr. Volodin, it turned out we were both raised by our grandmothers, not by our mothers, those Komsomol members, but by our grandmothers. They raised us in the Christian tradition. They did not say so, but this was a Christian upbringing, all about people. They instilled it in us. These values have taken this modern form today.

Do you know what else we talked about?

I welcome your visit not only because it is an unexpected and surprising honor, an event. By the way, it was my plan to drink a glass of champagne with the president in honor of my 90th birthday. Would you drink a little?
Vladimir Putin drinking champagne with Lyudmila Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday.
Vladimir Putin drinking champagne with Lyudmila Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday.

Vladimir Putin:

Of course, on such an occasion.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Anyway, you know, I was thinking, me, this sinner, that I would ask the president to be the charitable Christian, and do what no one else in this world but he can do. This would be the greatest reward for me, and it would count as a good deed for both of us in the next world. Pardon Igor Izmestyev.

Vladimir Putin:

Good, I will consider it.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

I ask you in all earnestness. You know, he has been in prison for 12 years now, and it has been 12 years now that I wake at night, thinking about him. Please, whether he is guilty or not is not so important. I believe he is innocent, and others think he has sinned. When the people were asked who to pardon, Christ or Barabbas, those idiots said, “Barabbas”. But this was an act of mercy. Barabbas was a brigand and a killer, but when a pardon is accorded, people do not ask whether the person is guilty or not, they simply pardon, out of the goodness of their hearts.

Vladimir Putin:

You have much goodness.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Thank you.

Vladimir Putin:

All right.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

You know, we bought some excellent champagne, of course, but your people bought their own, Mr. President.

Vladimir Putin:

They probably bought some cheap stuff, saving money on us. (Laughter)
My best wishes on your birthday!

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

And I wish you good health, Mr. President.

Vladimir Putin:

Thank you. I wish you the same.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

You know, I think about you too. Sometimes, when I cannot sleep, which happens rarely, for despite my venerable years, I sleep like a babe. My conscience is clear.
Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday.
Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday.
Vladimir Putin:
That is very good.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

And I think about various people, about you too. After all, it is no easy job to be the President of the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Putin:

Any job, if you do it conscientiously, is not easy.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

But you have to do a great many things that you do not wish to do.

Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Alexeyeva.
Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Alexeyeva.

Vladimir Putin:

Yes, this happens.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

And so I think, why is this so?

Vladimir Putin:

Because I was raised in much the same spirit as you were.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Yes, also by your grandmother?

Vladimir Putin:

By my mother, but I was my parents’ last child and my mother was already getting on in years. She was born in 1911.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Ah, yes.

Vladimir Putin:

Happy birthday to you!


Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Thank you. Best wishes to you too.

I cannot drink much otherwise I will kick up a ruckus. (Laughter)

Vladimir Putin:

Never mind, give your loved ones a bit of a chase. It will make them all the merrier. Who wants to see them get bored?

Once more, my congratulations, and I wish you all the very best.

Allow me to give you a present. (Presents an engraving depicting a view of Yevpatoria.) This is your hometown. This is a modest gift, but it is a good engraving.

You graduated from Moscow State University in 1950. (Presents a decorative plate with a picture of Moscow State University’s main building.)

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

You know, the Moscow State University I studied at was different.

Vladimir Putin:

Yes, it was a different building.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

When we were students, we were all sent off to help build this Moscow State University building.

Vladimir Putin:

Yes, but what matters is the university itself, not the building.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Yes, I still consider it my Alma Mater.

Vladimir Putin:

Of course, of course.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

I will definitely find a place for it. Thank you.

Yesterday, the head of the local administration called and said, “I would like to come to congratulate you and present you with a gift from the President, a dinner set with the coat of arms, and a card”. I said, “Could I send someone to you to collect it rather than you coming here, because I have many visitors”. They agreed. They were very polite.

V. Putin:

Yes, of course.

L. Alexeyeva:

So they will go today to collect your dinner set.

V. Putin:

Good.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

And as for Gzhel [traditional Russian ceramics]… I was in enforced exile, lived in America for 13 years.

V. Putin:

Yes.

L. Alexeyeva:

It is a good country, better organized than ours. But one’s own country is always home, no matter what it is like.

V. Putin:

They have no shortage of problems in America too.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

You are telling me! I lived there for 13 years and know what it is like.

Vladimir Putin:

Of course.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

They have a great country, many good things there. But I could not return, but when I did come back, in 1990, you know what I did? I went and bought a lot of Gzhel, Vyatka toys and so on, and then Americans would come and say, “Oh, it’s absolutely Russian house!” I would say, “What else can it be?” I retained this love. I stopped collecting these things when I came back here, but the love remains. People come and say, “Ah, she’s got Gzhel. And what shall we get grandma as a present?”

Me, I only eat porridge.

Vladimir Putin:

I also eat porridge.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Yes, I eat oatmeal porridge every morning. I do not need fancy clothes. I hardly ever go anywhere. People think, “We will give her Gzhel”. So, what am I to do? And now it is like a shop, absolutely full of things, but these are gifts from people, so it all stays.

Mr. President, thank you. But please, do not forget about Izmestyev.

Vladimir Putin:

I will not forget.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Please do not forget. Do this good deed. It will be to both our names in the next world, for it is a Christian act.

Vladimir Putin:

Not right away, but I will do this, all right?

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

As you wish.

Vladimir Putin:

Fine.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Yes. I know that you keep your word. I do, too. I either do not make promises, or, if I do promise something, I keep my word.

Vladimir Putin:

Fine. Once more, my congratulations, and now, I must get to work.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Oh you poor thing.

Vladimir Putin:

I am flying now to Kazan, from there to Yoshkar-Ola, and then to Sochi, where I will meet with children.

I set up a big children’s center at one of the Olympic facilities. We have turned it into a marvelous center. We bring gifted children from all around the country there, young mathematicians, physicists, ballet dancers, musicians and athletes, hockey players and figure skaters. We organized it so that 900 children come at a time, from all around the country, and spend 21 days there. We accompany them; bring in the best teachers from all over Russia, from Moscow, academicians, professors all come to work with them. It is a very interesting place. The current group is coming to the end of their program now and I would like to meet with them tomorrow.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Yes. Kazan is a good city too. But what takes you to Yoshkar-Ola, I don’t know.

Vladimir Putin:

We are going to hold a meeting on interethnic relations there.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Ah, the president’s lot, in short.

Vladimir Putin:

Well yes, I have to work.

I wish you all the very best, and a wonderful mood, especially today. I wish you high spirits in general, but especially today.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

You probably know how it is: when you are busy, you do not even know what mood you are in. (Laughter.)

Vladimir Putin:

Good luck to you.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

All the best. I am very grateful.

Vladimir Putin:

All the best. Goodbye.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva:

Thank you.

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Following the meeting with Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the President spoke briefly with Moscow residents.
Following the meeting with Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian President spoke briefly with Moscow residents.

Greetings to the 13th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS.

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to participants and guests of the 13th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS.

The message reads, in part:

“MAKS’ history began 25 years ago with the first MosAeroShow in Zhukovsky. Over the years, the forum has become an exhibition venue for remarkable launches, innovative achievements in aircraft design, and has truly gained the status of a global event.

It is gratifying that during the Salon, Russian and international experts, industrialists and businesspeople analyze current trends in the industry and present their vision of its future. Contracts signed during the show and joint prospective projects demonstrate our foreign partners’ interest in cooperating with Russia, including in some very ambitious plans that require joining forces, resources and intellectual potentials. Primarily, these programs focus on designing a family of long-haul aircraft and space exploration. Russia is open to this mutually beneficial and impactful work.”

Meeting with CIS Executive Secretary Nikolai Lebedev.

Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Chairman of the Executive Committee and Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergei Lebedev.

Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lebedev.
Vladimir Putin with Chairman of the Executive Committee and Executive Secretary of the CIS Sergei Lebedev.

The discussion focused on the current situation in the Commonwealth and preparations for upcoming meetings of the CIS supreme bodies. The President, in particular, stressed that the development and strengthening of the Commonwealth of Independent States remains one of Russia’s priorities.

Link: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54084

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lebedev in the Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lebedev in the Kremlin.

Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting with Sergei Lebedev.

Chairman of the Executive Committe and Executive Secretary of the CIS Sergei Lebedev.
Chairman of the Executive Committee and Executive Secretary of the CIS Sergei Lebedev.

President Putin had a meeting with Viktor Vekselberg.

Vladimir Putin met with Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renova Group Viktor Vekselberg.

Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Viktor Vekselberg, Renova Group.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Viktor Vekselberg, Renova Group.


Viktor Vekselberg updated Russian President on the company's work to implement major infrastructure, energy and metallurgical projects. He reported on the construction status of the airport in Rostov-on-Don for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The company’s innovative projects, in particular in the field of solar energy, were also discussed.

Link:  http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54037

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President Putin with Viktor Vekselberg, Chairman of the Board, Renova Group.
President Putin with Viktor Vekselberg, Chairman of the Board, Renova Group.

Putin congratulated Russian Prosecution Service

Vladimir Putin attended a meeting to mark the 295th anniversary of the Prosecution Service in Russia.


Vladimir Putin congratulated current workers and veterans of the Prosecution Service on their professional holiday, which is marked in Russia on January 12.

The meeting was attended by the veterans and department heads from the Prosecutor General’s Office and regional prosecutors.


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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr. Chaika, colleagues,

I am happy to congratulate you on your professional holiday and the 295th anniversary of the Russian Prosecution Service.

For nearly 300 years, this vital state institution has been safeguarding law and order and the legal foundations of our nation.

The service’s best workers remained loyal to their profession and served the country and the people with honor and dedication throughout the most difficult periods of our history.

Today the country and society need the Prosecution Service to work efficiently. The response of prosecutors at all levels to infringements on the law and human rights and freedoms must be prompt and effective. This alone will earn you the praise of those for whom all of us are working – the citizens of Russia.

You must remember that the Prosecution Service has been given a very broad authority to implement your professional duties. The status of your service is set forth in the Constitution, and the methods of the prosecutor’s oversight are sufficient not just for cutting violations short without delay but also for eradicating the grounds for them.

The Prosecution Service is playing a major role in nearly all spheres of life and in all areas of legal regulation.

It is important that the focus of your work has recently shifted to supervision of labor and social laws, including the payment of wages, pensions and benefits. I ask you to continue to monitor these issues especially closely.

You must give practical assistance to the socially vulnerable groups of population, including the elderly, people with disabilities and minors. Your assistance is invaluable in difficult situations, for example, in co-funded housing development and the protection of housing rights in general.

One of the topical issues is monitoring oversight bodies. Honest and transparent business must be safely protected by the state, including protection from unjustified inspections and other pressure.
In the past year, public prosecution bodies have detected over 150,000 violations related to state and municipal oversight of business. This area requires particular attention now and further on.

Another extremely important task is anti-corruption measures. I hope the Prosecutor General’s Office will be closely involved in improving the anti-corruption legislation.

The Prosecution Service must be constantly overseeing compliance with environmental laws and natural resource management. Prosecutors have initiated more than a thousand criminal cases on misappropriation of forest resources and fire safety violations in the forests alone.

The year 2017 has been proclaimed the Year of the Environment in Russia, and public prosecution bodies and other government authorities must work closer together on environmental issues in order to achieve new significant results.

And, of course, it is necessary to monitor the human rights situation with regard to individuals serving prison sentences. Penitentiary system standards fixed by law, inmates’ right to medical help and other rights must be observed without fail.

Colleagues, in the run-up to the anniversary, I outlined only some of the main areas of your expertise. You will discuss them in more detail at an annual extended board meeting. I believe that you will do your best to honorably fulfil your duties, strengthen the glorious traditions of the Russian prosecutor service, and contribute to solving strategic tasks for stronger and better Russia.

I congratulate you once again on the Prosecutor General’s Office Worker Day. I wish you good health and happiness to your families in 2017, and every success in your work.

Thank you for your attention.

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Vladimir Putin:

Russian holidays are very long. First, we have the New Year, then Christmas and another tradition, the Old New Year. You also celebrate your professional day. Be careful.

But seriously, I sincerely wish you good luck and a productive year. A great deal depends on your work and you know it very well.

It is no coincidence that the Prosecution Service was established in our country. We have created our own prosecution service traditions and this institution holds a special place in the government system. I do not have to explain this to this audience, as you all know it quite well. You carry a huge responsibility, which itself means that the Prosecution Service must set an example of honest and faithful service.

Happy holiday and all the very best!

Link: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53719

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Vladimir Putin at the 295th anniversary of the Russian Prosecution Service.
Vladimir Putin at the 295th anniversary of the Russian Prosecution Service.
Vladimir Putin - congratulations on the 295th anniversary of the Russian prosecution service.
Vladimir Putin - congratulations on the 295th anniversary of the Russian prosecution service.
Vladimir Putin and Prosecutor General Yury Chaika. The 295th anniversary of the Prosecution Service in Russia.
Vladimir Putin and Prosecutor General Yury Chaika. The 295th anniversary of the Prosecution Service in Russia.