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Text of report by the website of Russian business newspaper Vedomosti on 19 May
[Article by Natalya Kostenko and Maksim Glikin: "Alien format. President Medvedev's first big news conference turned out strange: he neither took stock of results nor shared plans for the future."]
At a news conference on the results of the first three years of his presidency on 20 June 2003 Vladimir Putin spoke enthusiastically about future decisions: He promised to improve pay and monetary benefits for the military and to index pensions by 7 per cent, to write off 50 billion roubles of agricultural enterprises' debts, and to think about transferring some metropolitan functions from Moscow to other cities (a law on relocating the Constitutional Court to Petersburg was given first-reading approval in March 2006) and spoke in favour of consolidating regions (which began in late 2003).
It was at that time that Putin said that, through …