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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Focuses on Youth in New Year's Address

President Vladimir Putin, in his annual New Year's Eve address to the nation, called on Russians to improve conditions for the country's youth.

"Our task lies in ensuring that young people receive a modern education, find dignified use for their talents and abilities and be healthy," Putin said in the televised address that was broadcast in the last minutes of 2006 in each of the country's 11 time zones.

"We are creating conditions for the development of moral values and culture, education and science -- those values that will really determine the development of Russia in the future," the president continued.

Putin said the government also was committed to helping older people.

"Showing respect for people of the older generation is a sure sign of maturity of any society and its stability," he said.

"The state must and will support and help people of the older generation. Yet this cannot replace the warmth of their dearest for them.

"I am asking you not to forget those who made our future possible -- our mothers and fathers, our grandfathers and grandmothers."