MOSCOW, December 17. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday for the eleventh time, will gather journalists for a press conference. Annual report of the head of state will be held at the world trade Center (WTC) and not time limited.
The participants of the meeting
This year on the “big” press conference accredited a record number of journalists – 1390 the media. At the first press conference Putin in 2001, there were accredited more than 500 journalists, in 2002 and 2003 – over 700 in 2004 to about 750 in 2007 – 1132, 2008 – 1364, 2013 – 1327, 2014 – 1259.
Press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov admitted that some people are unable to pass accreditation. “1392 accredited person, a few reporters are, indeed, not have been accredited, but the publication of all absolutely (accredited),” said the representative of the Kremlin. He refused to name who do not pass accreditation, explaining that it would be inappropriate.
In the list of the last accreditation, published on the Kremlin website, for example, appears representative of the TV channel “Rain” Ksenia Sobchak, the first time to visit the “big” press conference last year and entered her into polemics with Putin. Hence the name Mary solovienko from the far East “National Veche”, which for several years wound up bordering on familiarity, dialogue with the President. Judging by the list, going to the press conference, and Vladimir Mamatov from the newspaper “Reporter” at the time became known a year ago advocate Vyatka kvass.
However, not wishing to come to ITC chief editor of the newspaper “Yours 6 hundred parts” Andrey Tumanov. In the past he several times received the right to ask the President the first question.
From the history of the issue
Putin began a tradition of annual meetings with representatives of the media in 2001, when the press-service of the Kremlin have accumulated a huge amount of requests for interviews with President. Since then, the interest in what he says to the President, is only growing.
Back in 2001, completing the first “big” press conference, Putin promised to continue such meetings. “Definitely. But won’t come here too often – or lost interest,” he explained.
Putin interrupted the annual press conferences only for the period when he served as Prime Minister from may 2008 to may 2012. However, after the election of the head of state for six years in 2012, he resumed this practice.
The first seven press conferance took place in the 14th corps of the Kremlin. After closing the communication of the President with the press was held in world trade center on Krasnopresnenskaya embankment.
No time limit
Putin’s communication with media will begin at noon Moscow time. Usually, it lasts several hours. Hence the informal name of the press conference- “big”.
President Putin’s press conference will be streamed on four screens on the streets of Sevastopol
When to end the conversation, he decides the head of state. The shortest time is 1 hour and 33 minutes – was the first meeting with journalists in 2001. The longest was a press conference of 2008, when Putin answered questions for 4 hours and 40 minutes. Last year, the journalists talked to the President 3 hours and 10 minutes.
The President does not restrict reporters on the topics of issues, carefully preparing for the press conference, in consultation with experts in various fields.
Sands predicts that this time, like last year, will become the dominant socio-economic issues and international issues.
Traditionally, the President delivers opening remarks, summarizing the key results of the outgoing year. Then Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov provides an opportunity to ask questions of the journalists. Usually, after some time, Putin and takes over. Therefore, an experienced media members are stocking all kinds of banners, flags and even soft toys, to attract the attention of the President.
In memory of press conference accredited journalists and badge received the gift set, a folder, a notebook, a pencil and a ballpoint pen, a calendar for 2016.
What will remain behind the scenes
Communication of the President with journalists broadcast live TV channels “Russia 1” “Russia 24” and “the First channel”. The broadcast will also lead the radio station “Mayak”, “Vesti FM” and “Radio of Russia”.
The press service of the Kremlin recommends to accredited journalists to gather at the world trade Center from 8: 30 a.m. GMT. The entrance will close an hour before the event.
Translation of the press conference will be conducted in English, French and German. For journalists organized a snack bar and wireless Internet access.
The preparations for such a large-scale event at the highest level takes more than a month, when there is accreditation, solves many organizational issues. Thus, representatives of TV channels, organizing live broadcasting, say, for technical support press conference took 35 tons of equipment that was assembled by dozens of people in five days.
According to Peskov, the format of the “big” press conference of the President, is eternal and not in need of modernization.
“By itself, the format of the annual press conference – probably, eternal still,” said he, answering the question whether in the Kremlin are necessary to upgrade this communication of the President with journalists. Peskov called natural that the head of state at year-end “communicates with journalists and satisfies their interest on the most topical issues”.
However, he agreed that “everyone from journalists manage to surprise the President.” “As for the experience of the President and holds (them) all the main topics in detail , it is true,” – said Peskov.
The representative of the Kremlin found it impossible to upgrade the format of the “big” press conference. “We can’t upgrade questions – it would be inappropriate and wrong from our side,” he explains.