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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Gets Advice on Annual Address

The leaders of the four State Duma factions advised President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to address cars and the so-called national projects in his annual state-of-the-nation address.

Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov, who heads United Russia, said the development of the car industry as well as agriculture -- one of the four national projects -- should be a priority, Interfax reported.

The government is planning to spend more than $4 billion this year on the national projects, which in addition to agriculture include education, health care and residential housing.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, put an emphasis on problems concerning housing reform.

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov said afterward that he had given Putin a document with suggestions for the state-of-the-nation address. "We'd like to get from the president an answer to our proposals on his state-of-the-nation address," Zyuganov said, Interfax reported.

He did not spell out the proposals, but he said Putin had promised to consider them.

A date for this year's address has yet to be announced. Putin addressed the nation on April 25 last year.