Five people perished in snow avalanches in the mountains of eastern Tajikistan. According to the republican Emergencies Ministry, on the route linking Tajik capital Dushanbe with Horog town, a snow avalanche overturned an automobile with eight passengers. Four of them died on the spot, and the others were rushed to hospital with injuries of different gravity. One more person perished similarly on a local motor road in the same area. Due to the calamity, the delivery of humanitarian cargoes to the inhabitants of the northern regions of Afghanistan has been temporarily suspended.
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