In the evening, Russia promises extensive demonstrations on behalf of imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
Russian president Vladimir Putin will hold its annual keynote address on Wednesday, which is scheduled to begin at noon around 12 noon.
Putin speaks to Russia’s political elite and state leadership in Manees, central Moscow.
HS follows the speech moment by moment. An updated follow-up can be found at the end of this story.
Putin’s talk on the “state of the nation” comes at an exciting time in domestic and foreign policy. The gap between Russia and the West has tightened as Russia has concentrated its military forces on the Ukrainian border and on the Crimean peninsula.
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The Russian media has predicted that this will be one of Putin’s most important appearances.
The gap between Russia and the West has also been inflamed by an opposition politician sentenced to prison Alexei Navalnyi, on whose behalf the Russians planned to march in nationwide demonstrations on Wednesday night. Police have not given permission for the protests.
The topics have not been revealed in advance, but Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the president will deal with the coronavirus pandemic with certainty.
Traditionally, Putin has also talked about international relations. Relations with the United States, the situation in eastern Ukraine, the deportation of Russian diplomats from the United States, among others, and sanctions against Russia have surfaced.
Last year, in his keynote address, Putin announced a constitutional amendment that allowed him to remain in power until 2036.
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