13:02 Robert Coalson
The first portion of the text of Putin's speech has been posted on the Kremlin website.
13:01 Carl Schreck
Putin's call for 'freedom for entrepreneurs' from unjust criminal prosecution comes amid the high-profile arrest of U.S. investor Michael Calvey, who is currently in pre-trial detention on Russian fraud charges that he and his company call completely baseless. Several prominent Kremlin loyalists have also expressed doubt about the charges. Background here:
13:01 Robert Coalson
Says criminal investigative agencies are overworked and 'maybe' the number of investigators needs to be increased.
13:00 Robert Coalson
Says in order to achieve these things, 'we must eliminate everything that restricts the initiative of entrepreneurs.' Says there must be an end to random administrative pressure on businesses. Have to take into consideration business's complaints about legislation.
12:59 Steve Gutterman
Political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya says Putin is presenting his program -- more than a year after the election
12:58 Robert Coalson
Moves on to discussion of developing agriculture sector to build on the country's 'enormous natural gifts.' Calls for ecological and safe agricultural products.
12:56 Robert Coalson
Calls for improving conditions for investment in private 'start-ups.' 'All our legislation must be based on the new technological environment,' he says.
12:55 Steve Gutterman 12:54
Some Russia-related news moving as Putin speaks.
12:53 Robert Coalson
Calls for creation of a 'powerful scientific-technological foundation' for the economy. Says Russia now has a 'historic opportunity' to remake its economy.
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