On New Year ' s eve and, as per the long-standing tradition, the presidents of two ex-Soviet countries, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine, delivered their national addresses on TV. How these speeches were received in the two countries, which are engaged in a continuing armed conflict over Ukraine ' s Donbas region, speaks volumes about what type of leadership is currently in demand in the post-Soviet region. As leaders, the two men, who in December met for the first time for peace talks in Paris, cannot be more different. A former KGB officer, Putin, 67, has been in charge of Russia for two decades, during which the country saw a steady deterioration in democracy and human rights. Zelenskyy, 41, on the other hand, is a professional stand-up comedian who unexpectedly burst onto Ukraine ' s political scene and won the presidential election last April by a landslide, despite having no political experience. The key to his success was projecting the image of an open, ordinary man who knows and understands the pains of his fellow citizens and who has not been tainted by the divisive Ukrainian politics of the past five years. Both leaders enjoy very high levels of approval in their countries - hovering slightly above 60 percent, according to various polls. Putin's speech was short and indistinguishable from most New Year addresses he made in the past. It focused on the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, which is the main pillar of his nation-building ideology. Once again he stressed his rhetoric of " I am one of you" by talking about people of different backgrounds, social class and regions of the country.
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As well as dropping a titanium tube containing the Russian flag , the submersibles collected specimens of Arctic flora and fauna and apparently recorded video of the dives. The "North Pole" abbreviated as "NP" manned drifting ice station was established. On January 10, three of expedition members who performed the descent to the ocean bottom at the North Pole, Anatoly Sagalevich , Yevgeny Chernyaev and Artur Chilingarov were awarded titles Hero of the Russian Federation "for courage and heroism showed in extremal conditions and successful completion of High-Latitude Arctic Deep-Water Expedition. The expedition, part of the Russian program for the — International Polar Year , used the Akademik Fedorov research ship, with both MIR submersibles on board and the nuclear icebreaker Rossiya Russia led it through the Arctic ice.
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