The RBC-Composite stock index was at 34.0452 points as of 6:00 p.m., whichis 0.88% higher than the opening level of August 14, 2002. The index iscalculated on the basis of trading data coming online from MICEX, theMoscow Stock Exchange and the Russian Trading System from 11:00 a.m. until6:00 p.m. .
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