Postponed Medvedev speech set for Nov. 5

Oct. 29, 2008 at 2:10 PM
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MOSCOW, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plans to deliver his postponed inaugural State of the Nation address Nov. 5, Kremlin officials said Wednesday.

Speculation surfaced that quickly changing world economic conditions were forcing Medvedev to rewrite his remarks, forcing its delay. The speech has been postponed twice since its original date of Oct. 30, RIA Novosti reported.

Instead of addressing the Russian Federal Assembly -- the combined houses of parliament -- as expected that day, Medvedev instead posted a six-minute video on the Kremlin Web site in which he talked about the global financial crisis.

Russian officials say Medvedev has decided to wait to deliver the State of the Nation speech until after the Nov. 4 Unity Day public holiday, which also marks the day after the U.S. presidential elections, the Russian news agency said.

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