Today the governors of the Sverdlovsk and the Kaliningrad region EduardRossel and Vladimir Yegorov signed a protocol to the agreement ofcooperation in scientific, technical and other fields made by thegovernments of the two regions. As the press service of the Sverdlovskgovernor reported, the protocol indicates all major guidelines ofcooperation between the regions, among these are the supplies of roadconstruction equipment, oil production equipment, Urals trams and medialequipment from the Sverdlovsk region to the Kaliningrad region. TheKaliningrad region will prepare proposals of using the Kaliningrad port forSverdlovsk companies' ships and providing assistance for them in theKaliningrad region as a special economic zone..
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