The units of the federal forces' grouping have held 15 special operations to eliminate members of illegal armed formations in the past 24 hours. The Regional operative staff responsible for the anti-terrorist operation said that operations swept over nearly all the territory, including Grozny. During the operations two militants were eliminated, with more than 30 detained. The operations prevented terror attacks against servicemen. The cache of weaponry was also liquidated. The Staff also noted that financing of militants was blocked. More than 120 illegal oil refineries were spotted out and dismantled.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
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