12 message of the President of Russia: key themes, talking points, promise

12 message of the President of Russia: key themes, talking points, promise


On the eve of the 13th President’s address to the Federal Assembly, “Izvestiya” remembered the key points of the messages of previous years to understand what topics of Vladimir Putin to the Central

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December 1, Vladimir Putin will address to Federal meeting with the traditional annual message. This appeal to the President will be the 13th in a row, and in Russia in General this format exists since February 1994 and with the message to the Federal Assembly for the first time in history asked Boris Yeltsin.

Press Secretary of the incumbent President, Dmitry Peskov, speaking about the date of the request of Vladimir Putin to the RF Federal Assembly, has promised to journalists that it is “different from all previous ones.” What it would entail in the first place, is still unknown, however, the Kremlin said that in his new address, the President will retain the emphasis on the social sphere. Izvestia recalled the key points of the messages of the President of previous years to recognize what they have become for Vladimir Putin is Central.

2000. “The way to an effective state”

The first appeal of Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly, delivered on 8 July 2000, was named “the State of Russia. The way to effective state” and the President’s speech was primarily devoted to the appeal to turn Russia into a strong and independent state. Then Vladimir Putin outlined the main, in his opinion, the threat to Russian society: the ageing of the population, the lag of the domestic economy from the most developed countries of the West, the absence of a strong vertical of power in the country and bad governance. In addition, at the same time the President said that media freedom will remain a fundamental principle of Russian democracy. The most part raised in the first appeal the later will in one form or another, to rise the head of state in all subsequent messages.

2001. State interference in people’s lives

With its second appeal, the President issued 3 April 2001. It was dedicated to socio-economic issues, and the main attention was paid to the need to introduce a clear separation of powers between the centre and the regions, to reduce state intervention in the lives of ordinary citizens, to ensure transparency of the legal system and big business. In this address, Putin also emphasized the state’s decision not to redistribute property.

2002. Competition on the world stage and the completion of the Chechen campaign

The third call was made on 18 April 2002, and unlike the previous one was largely devoted to foreign policy and economic issues. In particular, the strengthening of competitiveness of Russia on the world stage, including in matters of the economy. Speaking of domestic issues, the President offered the government to restructure the state apparatus, and also called for further military reform and to end the military phase of the operation in Chechnya.

2003. Access to the world leaders

In the fourth address to the Federal Assembly on 16 may 2003, Putin continued the theme of strengthening the position of Russia on the world stage. The President stressed that in the foreseeable future Russia should firmly take a place among strong, economically advanced and influential States of the world in the next 10 years to double its GDP and achieve full convertibility of the ruble. In addition, the President urged to reduce the functions of government agencies and complete the process of political settlement in Chechnya.

2004. The transition to long-term planning

In his fifth appeal, delivered may 26, 2004, Vladimir Putin put a particular emphasis on the social sector is among the priority tasks is to increase the availability of housing, upgrading of health and education development. However, the key to his conversion began to focus in government planning for periods longer than four or five years.

2005. Questions of history

Addressing the Federal Assembly for the sixth time, 24 April 2005, Vladimir Putin first addressed the issues of modern Russian history, giving it a brief evaluation. In the Central part of his speech, the President returned to the subject of an effective state, urging to build it within the existing boundaries. Also in circulation has made the fight against corruption, increasing public sector wages and one of the key topics of the next years is to raise investments into the domestic economy.

2006. The problems of demography

Speaking with the seventh appeal of 10 may 2006, the President also returned to one of the main themes of his first call — demographic problem, highlighting a few of the ways to overcome it: reducing mortality, improving the efficiency of migration policies and increasing the birth rate. Furthermore, the speech in this appeal was the opposition of terrorism and the nuclear threat, and the need to strengthen the prestige of state power and to support the business.

2007. The plan for the comprehensive modernization of Russia

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In its eighth address to the Federal Assembly, which took place on 26 April 2007, Vladimir Putin presented a plan for the comprehensive modernization of Russia in the XXI century, according to which national priorities are the growth of national welfare and pension reform built on the principles of co-financing. Main theme of patriotism and unity. In addition, in his speech, the President called for stricter liability for extremist action, and announced the imposition of a moratorium on Russia’s implementation of the provisions of the CFE Treaty until the execution of all NATO countries.

In 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 to appeal to the Federal Assembly was addressed by President Dmitry Medvedev. The main themes of his speeches were the fight against corruption, including in the judiciary, issues of adequate application of criminal punishment, support of small business and modernization of the economy and pressing social issues — including the conflict around the Khimki forest and the massacre in the village Kushchevskaya. But one of the most famous and discussed was the President’s call to reduce the number of time zones made during treatment 2009.

2012. Nutrition and de-offshorization of the economy

12 Dec 2012 with the message to the Federal Assembly after his election on a post of the President again addressed Vladimir Putin. In his ninth address he stated the need for 4-5 years to ensure the independence of the country in basic nutrition, and then become the world’s largest supplier in this field. In addition, the President called for a doubling of road construction, to ensure transport availability throughout the country. By tradition, the President also touched on issues of demography, investments in the national economy and the wages of state employees. However, in the context of this appeal for the first time the President addressed the topic of deoffshorization of the national economy and urged to limit the ability of officials to have accounts and property abroad.

2013. Inter-ethnic peace and labour migration

The subject of the withdrawal of the Russian economy from offshore Vladimir Putin continued in his tenth treatment on 12 December 2013. The economic part of his speech, the President continued reform of the banking supervision system. In the remaining time, the President elaborated on the issues of building inter-ethnic peace and the regulation of labor migration.

2014. Capital Amnesty and Ukraine

In 11-m the President’s message, presented on 4 December 2014, the Central place was taken by foreign policy and, in particular, the situation by that time in Ukraine. Within this address, the President said that Russia will not submit to Western pressure in matters of the situation in Ukraine, promising that Russia will never go the way of self-isolation and search for enemies.

In addition, Vladimir Putin touched upon the topic of Amnesty is specially designed in order to motivate owners of foreign accounts to return the money to Russia, and made a special emphasis on bringing together business and science, urged companies and research centers work together to find solutions tasks that will wait for Russia in 10-15 years.

2015. The downed su-24 and decriminalization of economic articles

The 12th President’s address to the Federal Assembly, December 3, 2015 — there came the development of almost all the themes identified in previous years: the development of the national economy and attract investment, help small and medium business, regional development, the solution of demographic problems. So, in the economic block of his speech, the President announced the extension of the Amnesty of capital for six months, and stated the need to decriminalize crime via a number of economic articles (in the case of a first offence), suggested that the special status of a free port to all ports in the Far East and promised to launch a system of grants to support NGOs operating in small towns and villages. The social unit President, announced the extension of the maternity capital program for two years, and the Central theme of the foreign policy section of his speech was the reaction to the November events, when the Turkish air force over Syrian territory was shot down by a Russian su-24 bomber.

“We will not wait on nervous, hysterical, a danger to ourselves and the world reaction,” in particular, said the President, speaking about the possible reaction of Russia and the potential consequences for Turkey.