NewsPutin's Address Aims High Amid War, Cinemas Nationwide Broadcast

Putin's Address Aims High Amid War, Cinemas Nationwide Broadcast

President Vladimir Putin will deliver the annual address to the nation.
President Vladimir Putin will deliver the annual address to the nation.
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7:41 AM EST, February 29, 2024

On Thursday at noon Moscow time, Putin took the stage at the Moscow Gostiny Dvor, with the speech being simultaneously relayed to cinemas. Russians in 17 cities had the opportunity to secure a free ticket through the Cinema 5 network to watch the address.

The length of Putin's speech varied: while it typically lasted about two hours, there were occasions when he spoke for a shorter duration.

According to RIA Novosti, the subjects of these addresses are traditionally kept under wraps until the moment of delivery. Despite his penchant for unpredictability, Putin's intentions this time were hinted at by a slogan accompanying his portrait on promotional materials: "The goals will be achieved."

Past addresses by Putin consistently covered familiar themes. It was only in 2022, amid the conflict with Ukraine – euphemized by Russia as a "special operation" – that Putin refrained from commenting. Last year, his focus was on Russia’s endeavors against the West.

This year's address, aligning with the upcoming March elections, began on February 17. The setting for Thursday's speech featured soldiers, echoing last year's. Putin extended invitations to "heroes of the special operation."

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Audience members at the cinema screenings were required to adhere to specific regulations set by the event organizers. Similar to airline travel protocols, restrictions included prohibitions on banners, signs, alcohol, food, and bringing or accompanying animals.

Source: RIA Novosti

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