Vladimir Putin has left the Civil Forum which is running in the State Kremlin Palace, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports. "I must go," the President said with regret explaining that he seldom managed "to attend such events." "That what I do and that what I should return to is more or less routine work while, honestly speaking, it would be, perhaps, more interesting to me to listen to reports and take part in discussions," Vladimir Putin said. However, the head of state added, "I have direct duties I should return to."
Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land