Sochi, October 27, 2014
“The fact that Russia is my whole life is absolutely obvious. Not for a moment could I imagine myself outside of Russia.
“I have already talked about this; my relatives’ genealogies have been found in the archives: there is a village near Moscow, 120 kilometers away, where my relatives lived from the 17th century on, and they attended the same church throughout all those centuries.
“And I feel a special bond with the Russian land and the Russian people, and would never be able to live outside Russia, while Russia itself, beyond a doubt, will manage without people like me. There are many people in Russia.
“But since I was installed where I am today, I consider it my duty to do my best for its (Russia’s) prosperity, for its development, to protect its interests,” said Vladimir Putin, speaking in front of the members of the “Valdai” forum, held in Sochi on October 22-24.