Russian President Putin held a televised Q&A conference on Apr 14. Most questions were related to public utilities, corruption and socio-economic guarantees. This year's Q&A conference is Putin's 14th. The first conference was held in 2001. The longest conference took place in 2013, when Putin was answering questions for 4 hours, 48 minutes
Russian Defense Minister Shoigu, following the order from President Putin to withdraw troops from Syria, instructed to begin the operation to redeploy Russian air combat units to the territory of Russia from March 15, 2016. Washington did not expect such a turn of events. Neither the White House nor the State Department were ready for comments
Russia is developing fighter aircraft of the sixth and possibly seventh generation, the Commander of the Russian Aerospace Force, Viktor Bondarev said. The official did not disclose any details, but noted that there would be an unmanned version of the sixth-generation aircraft. The new aircraft will be designed in both manned and unmanned versions
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia had no claims for the title of a superpower. At the same time, it is wrong to call Russia a regional power. According to Putin, one may say such things to prove their own exceptionalism. In the event of any threats to national security, Russia will use all means available to eliminate such threats
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his large press conference in Moscow on December 17. In the beginning of the press conference, Putin spoke about the current state of affairs in the Russian economy. The falling oil prices seriously affected the Russian economy and all of its key indicators. GDP fell by 3.7%, the inflation rate made up 12.3%
Russian President Putin spoke at an extended session of the Defense Ministry Board of the Russian Federation on December 11. "I would like to want those, who try to organize any sort of provocations against our military men. We have already taken additional measures to ensure security of Russian military men and our airbase," he said
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave an interview to Russian leading TV channels. In the interview, Medvedev summed up the results of the outgoing year and shared his views and expectations for the future. Commenting on the attack of the Turkish Air Force on the Russian Su-24 aircraft, he said that Turkey had given grounds for the war
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to the Federal Assembly on December 3. Traditionally, Putin delivered the speech in the St. George Hall of the Moscow Kremlin. Putin started the address to the Federal Assembly from thanking the Russian soldiers who struggle against terrorism
The top Turkish administration and President Erdogan are personally involved in illegal production and transportation of Syrian and Iraqi oil to Turkey, Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, Anatoly Antonov said. "Look what they're doing. They got into a foreign country and are shamelessly plundering it," he said
Vladimir Putin has commented on the attack on the Russian Su-24 bomber aircraft that was shot down above Syria by the Turkish Air Force. Putin said said that the Russian plane was shot down by Turkish fighter aircraft. Putin described the actions of the Turkish authorities as a "stab in the back" from "supporters of terrorists"
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the APEC summit that will take place on November 17-18 in the Philippines. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will go to the summit instead. The reason for the decision has not been specified. Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the change in the Russian delegation for the APEC summit
A national children and youth organization to assist in the socialization of children and adolescents is to appear in Russia. Additionally, Communists of Russia announced the revival of the youth organization with the historic name of the Russian Leninist Young Communist League, known for the Russian initials as VLKSM
On October 20, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Russia to conduct a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. According to the Kremlin website, the talks were conducted in both extended and narrow formats. Putin and Assad decided to continue the operation in Syria. On October 22, Russian MPs are going to Syria for talks as well.