Title: Address by President Vladimir Putin (continue 2)

Date

2004-09-05

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We all hoped for change, change for the better. But
many of the changes that took place in our lives found
us unprepared. Why is this?
We are living at a time of an economy in transition, of a
political system that does not yet correspond to the
state and level of our society’s development.
We are living through a time when internal conflicts and
interethnic divisions that were once firmly suppressed
by the ruling ideology have now flared up.
We stopped paying the required attention to defence
and security issues and we allowed corruption to
undermine our judicial and law enforcement system.
Furthermore, our country, formerly protected by the most
powerful defence system along the length of its external
frontiers overnight found itself defenceless both from
the east and the west.

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