The President’s press conference lasted 3 hours and 32 minutes – 6 minutes longer than the previous press conference.
Mr Putin answered questions which came from 50 Russian and 16 foreign journalists, including six correspondents from media outlets in the CIS countries.
More than 1,100 journalists have been accredited for the event, the sixth big conference of this kind held by the President. A total of 870 Russian journalists and 262 foreign journalists attended the press conference, which took place in the Round Hall of the Kremlin’s Building 14.
The President’s press conference was covered by 80 reporters from different news agencies, 422 TV journalists, 36 radio journalists, 524 print media journalists and 70 photographers.
The press conference was broadcast live on TV channels Channel One and Russia, and on radio stations Mayak and Radio of Russia.
A complete live video-stream broadcast in Russian and English also took place on the President’s official web site, www.kremlin.ru.