On Thursday two convoys of 56 motor vehicles with humanitarian cargoes for the residents of northern Afghanistan passed through the Ishkashim check point controlled by the Ishkashim border unit from Tajikistan to Afghanistan. The convoys are carrying to Faisabad 240 tonnes of flour from the UN Food Programme, 113 tonnes of wheat from the UNO and 21 tonnes of diesel fuel, the press service of the Russian Frontier Service Group in Tajikistan reported. Since November 14, the launch of the operation, Russian border guards have let 15 convoys pass through the Ishkashim checkpoint on the Tajik-Afghan border. The convoys of 430 motor vehicles delivered 2,194 tonnes of flour, wheat and fuel.
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