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"Due to increasing concerns about the prevalence of anti-war feeling in Russia" – UK Defense Intelligence about the cancellation of Putin's press conference

13.12.2022, 10:15

The UK Defense Intelligence supposes that the Kremlin decided to cancel the now traditional end-of-year press conference with President Vladimir Putin due to "increasing concerns about the prevalence of anti-war feeling in Russia," according to the Ministry of Defense, reports "European Pravda".

The Defense Intelligence notes that the press conference has become a significant fixture in Putin's calendar of public engagement and has frequently been used to demonstrate the supposed integrity of Putin.

Putin has been holding a big press conference at the end of December every year since 2001. The shortest one lasted one hour and 35 minutes in 2001, the longest – 4 hours and 40 minutes in 2008. In recent years, Putin's press conferences lasted at least four hours.

As IMI reported, the Russian President's spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Vladimir Putin will not hold the traditional end-of-year press conference – for the first time in a decade.

On November 11, 2022, as Russian-occupied Kherson was being liberated, came the first reports that the Russian President's annual big press conference would not take place this year.

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