Eight rebels were killed in combat with federal forces in the Novaya Zhizn village in the Kurchaloy region of Chechnya. According to reports of the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry, interior servicemen were attacked by rebels while conducting a special operation. As combat was over, a large arms depot with nine RPGs, two rifles, over 70 mines, around 6,000 rounds of ammunition, 40 TNT blocks and more than 820 grams of plastic was discovered, from where the rebels were shooting. The rebels were using 10 RPGs, four Kalashnikov machine-guns and three hunting guns in combat. They are being identified now. No casualties were reported among federal servicemen.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign