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Instant View: Russian President Medvedev's address to the nation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave his annual state of the nation address to the federal assembly on Tuesday.

Below are a selection of comments about the speech:

BORIS MAKARENKO, ANALYST, Center FOR POLITCAL TECHNOLOGIES

“It was well done. It was a nicely prepared speech. He managed to reconcile two approaches: The social on the one hand and the modernization program on the other.

“He put an accent on future generations, support of childhood reform, targeting social aid at various groups.

“It sounded like the state of nation address of an American President: It appealed to higher values, it was more specific, it talked not only about goals but also implementation.”

FYODOR LUKYANOV, EDITOR, RUSSIA IN GLOBAL POLITICS

“Medvedev’s speech was mostly domestic, he concentrated on children, ecology and energy efficiency, issues that really matter to citizens.

“I wouldn’t link the current address by Medvedev with the 2012 (presidential election) issue.

“The decision (on who will run in 2012) will be taken between Putin and Medvedev driven by criteria we don’t know about.”

NATALIA ORLOVA, CHIEF ECONOMIST, ALFA BANK

“(The lower rate of social tax for two years) must be considered as a significant support for small business as the increase is a hard load to them.

“If such a decision is made it could prevent companies’ shift to the shadow economy and would not mean significant losses for the budget.

“Such companies account for approximately 20 percent of the economy. It is the minimum step to supporting small and middle-sized business.”

Reporting by Moscow Newsroom

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