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This year's annual address by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly will be somewhat unusual
This year's annual address by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly will be somewhat unusual, a source in the Kremlin told RIA Novosti. The source did not disclose the specific "high-spot" of this year's message. "We consider that the address of the previous year and that of this year will in general form the basis of President Putin's policy and his political line," the source said. Under Article 84 of the Russian Constitution, the president of Russia addresses the Federal Assembly every year with a state-of-the-union message about the main domestic and foreign policy guidelines. By tradition, the ceremony will begin at noon Moscow time in the Kremlin's Marble Hall. The present address will be the sixth message by Vladimir Putin to parliament and the 12th by the head of state in all history of addressing parliament. According to RIA Novosti, 300 Russian and foreign journalists have been accredited to cover the event. The source in the presidential administration told RIA Novosti that "work on the address began at the end of last year and went on to the last moment." "The text of the address will be considered final after the president finishes its delivery since even in the course of delivering the document Putin may make changes to it," the source indicated. "A few months ago Putin jointly with a group of authors began work on the document and constantly made corrections to it," he said. The source pointed out that the address will take about an hour to deliver. Most of it will by tradition deal with the country's social, economic and political development. Foreign policy issues will not be left out either. Boris Yeltsin pioneered address-reading. He appeared before parliament with the first address on February 24, 1994.
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