Uzbek President Islam Karimov has postponed his visit to Austria scheduled for October 8-10 in connection with the large-scale operation against international terrorism in the immediate proximity to Uzbekistan, the president's press service said. Austria regards this decision with understanding, the press service noted. Karimov is expected to visit Austria in the near future.
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