The pontoon with the salvaged Kursk nuclear submarine has to cover 50 more nautical miles (93 kilometres) before it reaches the Kola Bay, Aide to the Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Captain 1st rank Igor Dygalo was quoted as saying on Tuesday. In his words, the Giant-4 pontoon towed by the Smit Wijs tug, is currently moving at its highest speed of 3 knots (5.5 kph) towards the Kola Bay. By 10:00 a. m., Moscow time, the pontoon had covered 35 miles (65 km) from the wreck site. Weather conditions in the zone of the Giant-4 course: wind velocity - approximately 5 mps, sea swell - 1 point. The Kursk nuclear submarine was attached to the Giant-4 pontoon on Monday.
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