At the State Council session on 'Implementing the President of Russia's 2007 Address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation' Vladimir Putin declared that, ultimately, by meeting these challenges Russia will ensure its lasting status as a world leader.
The major challenges are related to Russia's demographic development, strengthening the family, and raising healthy and educated younger generation.
Citizens of Russia are also raising the issue of our future. They see a working strategy in the provisions of the Address, which encourages the country's long-term development. And the events of 2 December represented support for precisely those political forces in the State Duma that are ready and able to implement this programme.