Russia gets two Putin New Year speeches after 'glitch'
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russians on Tuesday heard two different versions of President Vladimir Putin's New Year's address after a "technical glitch" meant some inhabitants of the Far East watched a pre-recorded broadcast that made no mention of the Volgograd suicide attacks.
The Far Eastern Kamchatka, Chukotka and Magadan regions, which are eight hours ahead of Moscow, were shown a version that showed Mr Putin speaking from within the Kremlin walls in Moscow.
But audiences one time zone to the west were then shown an entirely different midnight address where Putin spoke from the city of Khabarovsk and vowed to destroy the militants who carried out the Volgograd bombings that killed 34.
This is the version that is now being shown as midnight strikes across Russia, culminating at midnight in Moscow.