Putin’s annual address interrupted by applause 34 times

13 December 2013 11:00
MOSCOW (QHA) - President Vladimir Putin’s Address to the Federal Assembly, national parliament, lasted one hour and ten minutes and was interrupted 34 times by applause, reports Itar-Tass. The Address was delivered at the Kremlin’s St. George Hall at noon in the presence of about 1,100 statesmen, politicians and dignitaries. This was the twentieth address, which was also delivered on Constitution Day and the 20th anniversary of the Constitution. Under the Constitution, the president’s annual address to both houses of parliament is his duty. The address is an executive document for the Russian authorities and identifies key problems and mechanisms for solving them. Usually, two-thirds of the address is devoted to domestic problems and one-third to international issues. The President’s words about de-offshorisation of the economy, adjustments in the composition of the Public Chamber, the unity of the Russian state, the need to take into account the results of essay writing in school for admission into universities, and about an increase in the population for the first time since 1991 were met with applause. The audience also applauded the president’s statement on the protection of traditional conservative values and Russia’s ability to defend its security. The Federal Assembly also applauded Putin’s words about a reduction of taxes for small business, the streamlining of entry and exit procedures for migrants, and the fight against “immoral international.”