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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Gets a Web Site With Bells and Whistles

Itar-TassPresident Vladimir Putin applauding the launch of his revamped web site Thursday.
After 15,000 hours of work by designers and a three-month anti-hacker security check, a new version of the presidential web site kicked off Thursday, with a slew of new functions and information.

Speaking at a meeting with the site's designers, President Vladimir Putin said that, from his amateur perspective, the site "has changed and, certainly, for the better."

In addition to earlier features, such as news updates and speech transcripts, the site -- www.president.kremlin.ru -- now includes a searchable database of laws and regulations signed by the president. It also includes a Kremlin section with a list of the president's residences and a partial inventory of Kremlin cars, planes and ships.

For a more personal look, there are pictures of Putin with his family and on vacation, as well as the text of his autobiographical book of interviews, "In the First Person."

Putin on Thursday had some ideas for improving the site. He suggested posting the text of draft laws as "a good democratic way of discussing them," Interfax reported. He also said it was necessary to launch an English-language version.

Putin has admitted that he is not a regular web surfer. "I have so many secretaries and aides who keep me informed about everything," he said.

The company that designed the site, AYAXI, said that some 80 percent of the content was new. Over 200 megabytes in size, the site now contains 12,000 pages and 1,000 photos.

AYAXI won a tender to revamp the site last June. The company said the project took 15,000 working hours.

While AYAXI's work was completed in early March, the Federal Agency for Government Communications and Information, or FAPSI, spent the following three months testing the site to see how well it met security requirements.

Because FAPSI regulations make no mention of Macintosh compatibility, viewers trying to access the site from this operating system may experience difficulties.

Interfax reported that as of Thursday evening the site had attracted some 10,000 hits and several dozen abortive hacking attempts.