So, out of 105 minutes, the president dedicated 35 to the aforementioned topic. In second place – 22 minutes – issues of state social policy and education. Then came the economy (20 minutes) and the social life of the country (10 minutes).
In addition, the applause for the president’s words sounded in Gostiny Dvor for seven minutes.
It should be noted that this year’s Message has become one of the longest and has fallen slightly short of the 2018 record: 1 hour and 55 minutes. Those gathered in Gostiny Dvor applauded the head of state 53 times, including four standing ovations, RIA Novosti cites such figures.