Putin and Medvedev will see New Year at home, premier plans to ski during holidays

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will not step away from the tradition and will see New Year in at home with their families.

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Itnerfax that Putin will be at home on New Year. "As usual he will see New Year in with his near and dear ones," Peskov said.

He did not specify the president's plans for the upcomiong holidays. In previous years Putin spent several days in Sochi where he was joined by Medvedev.

The premier goes to Krasnaya Polyana almost every winter for mountain-skiing and inspecting the construction of the sports venues of the 2014 Olympic Games.

He intends to spend the New Year holidays similarly this time too.

"I don't have any extraordinary plans. I will see New Year in at home and then if the weather permits, will fly to ski. You know the place," Medvedev told journalists at a recent meeting.

During his stay in Sochi Medvedev is again expected to dedicate part of his time to Olympic issues.

He is traditionally expected in the Cathedral of Church the Savior in Moscow for Christmas.

Meanwhile, Putin usually attends Christmas services in different Russian cities. It has not been officially reported where he is going this time but the media say that it may be a church in Krasnodar territory.

The president's press secretary refrained from any comments on the matter.

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