“Faith has always accompanied us, it strengthened when our country, our people faced particularly difficult times… There were such severe years of militant atheism during the Soviet period when priests were killed, churches were destroyed. But at the same time a new religion was being created — communist ideology, which is very similar to Christianity, in fact. Freedom, equality, brotherhood, justice — all of this is enshrined in the Holy Scripture, it’s all there. And what about the Code of the Builders of communism? This is a sublimation, it’s really just a primitive excerpt from the Bible, nothing new was invented.” – Vladimir Putin, Express, 15 January 2018.
“Look, Lenin was put in a mausoleum. How is this different from the relics of saints for Orthodox Christians and just for Christians? When they say that there’s no such tradition in Christianity, well, how come, go to Athos and take a look, there are relics of the saints there, and we have holy relics here.” – Vladimir Putin, Express, 15 January 2018.
“I’d like to say we are ready to continue this process: we are ready to return Ukrainian military ships that are still in Crimea, we are ready to hand over aviation equipment and armored vehicles. However, it [the military equipment] is such a wreck. But it’s none of our business. This is the condition it actually was in. And naturally, nobody has ever serviced it all these years.” – Vladimir Putin, UNIAN, 13 January 2018.
“As for the ships, I think it will be better if Ukrainian servicemen just come and take them. We are ready to help transport them to Odesa.” – Vladimir Putin, Interfax-Ukraine, 12 January 2018.
“As strange as it sounds, no [asked whether he had adjusted his behavior since becoming president] … Yes, I’m in the limelight, but in my previous life I always tried to act as if I was constantly being watched. … It’s strange, but that’s how it worked out, perhaps because of my previous work.” – Vladimir Putin, The Moscow Times, 2 January 2018.
“…not only rich in information, but it pretty much always was and remains the standard-bearer of reliability [praising the state-funded Channel One, often accused by critics of spreading fake news and toeing the government line].” – Vladimir Putin, The Moscow Times, 2 January 2018.
“Let changes for the better happen to every person, everyone family. Let everyone be healthy, let new children be born and make us happy. … I would like to cordially thank everyone for believing in themselves and in our country, for their labor and results. Let trust and mutual understanding be with you.” – Vladimir Putin, TASS, 31 December 2017.
“The development a constructive Russian-U.S. dialogue is particularly important for strengthening strategic stability in the world and finding the optimal answers to global threats and challenges.” – Vladimir Putin, National Post, 30 December 2017.
“[Russia would] continue to render every assistance to Syria in the protection of state sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, in the promotion of a political settlement process, as well as in efforts to restore the national economy.” – Vladimir Putin, Reuters, 30 December 2017.
“I spoke with the president of Turkmenistan today, and he reiterated his plans to build a gas transmission system across Afghanistan and further to its neighbors – Pakistan and India.” – Vladimir Putin, KHAAMA PRESS, 26 December 2017.
“Indeed, it [the situation with terrorist threat in Afghanistan] has worsened, it is true, it keeps deteriorating.” – Vladimir Putin, KHAAMA PRESS, 26 December 2017.
“Our army and navy need to have the very best equipment — better than foreign equivalents… If we want to win, we have to be better.” – Vladimir Putin, Independent, 22 November 2017.
“The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security… To this end, all strategic, and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership.” – Vladimir Putin, Independent, 22 November 2017.