State-owned airport company Pulkovo has asked for 190 million rubles ($6million) to prepare the airport for St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary nextyear. The airport is ready to receive the heads of state who will attend aGroup of 8 meeting timed to coincide with the anniversary. It intends tocreate two news zones for official delegations at Pulkovo-1 and to upgradebusiness zones at Pulkovo-2 for their visit. The airport company alsointends to upgrade the infrastructure and renew the facade of Pulkovo-1,the St. Petersburg Times reported..
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