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President Vladimir Putin's Annual Address to the Assembly

Author: Vladimir Putin
Published May 10, 2006

In his annual speech to the assembly, Vladimir Putin discussed strategic army plans, calling for more defense spending. He addressed the demographic challenges of a decreasing population/ low birth rate, referring to this as Russia's biggest current problem. Foreign policy, the economy, and corruption issues were also discussed.

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