At noon on December 1, Vladimir Putin will begin the reading of the annual message to the Federal Assembly. As usual, it will be held in the St. George hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Close to the Kremlin spokesman said that this year, as in previous, in the center of the message will be the economy. The main message of the President, according to a source , will be the need to engage in economic development of the country. The head of state can speak, in particular, on renewal of debate on changing the tax system.
This topic Tuesday, November 29, has already raised the first Vice-Premier Igor Shuvalov at the conference “one Hundred steps towards favorable investment climate”. The official announced an update of the tax system in 2018. Shuvalov reminded about the installation of Putin not to increase the tax burden on business until the end of 2018, but “to do this, one must go through a discussion in 2017 to the latest, before the end of the spring session of the Duma in 2018 have taken all the decisions.”
The international part of the message is expected to be couched in constructive towards the West the key, says another source familiar with the preparation of the document. Putin, he said, can speak separately on the topic of relations with the USA in the context of the presidential elections held there, and expressed hope for the normalization of Russian-American relations.
In the same vein, the President spoke on Wednesday, November 30, during a meeting of the international forum “Primakov’s reading.” “In recent years, unfortunately, Russian-American ties that have deteriorated, but it’s not our fault. Now, after over election campaign in the United States, and in the White house soon will come the new President, I would like to believe that there will be a chance to build relationships that are important not only for the peoples of both countries, but also to ensure international stability and security,” in particular, Putin said.
In the political part of the letter, the President may address the subject of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolution, because “the country is on the threshold of this event,” says a source close to the Kremlin. Putin is expected to declare the importance of civil peace in Russia, he said .
According to a source familiar with the preparation of the message, in the political part of the document can hardly wait for legislative initiatives relating to the transformation of the political system, since the major decisions have already been implemented in previous years.
The reorganization of the presidential administration, most likely, also not sound — “is the subject of the message”, adds a source close to the Kremlin.
Informed about the ongoing discussion of a possible reorganization of the administration of the President of the reporters said Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
Despite the fact that next year is election prior to the presidential campaign in 2018, Putin, most likely, will not mention an election, says the source : “If the President says in the message about the elections, it means that he thereby opens campaign”. According to him, to talk about the elections would be logical in the message next year, which time will coincide with the official appointment of the election campaign.
According to two sources close to the Kremlin, in General, the current message will be to wear working nature. “Working nature of the message, without any sensationalism is exactly what’s needed, says one of the interlocutors . -Sverhpredelna ideas important election message for next year.”