"Each of us may become something of a magician on the night of the New Year," Vladimir Putin said in his brief televised address in the last minutes of 2016. The speech was broadcast in each of Russia's 11 time zones.
He revealed the "secret" behind becoming magicians on New Year's Eve for those nearest and dearest to them, EFE news reported.
"We simply need to treat our parents with love and gratitude, care for our children and families, respect our colleagues at work, nurture our friendships, defend truth and justice, be merciful and help those who are in need of support. This is the whole secret," the Russian leader explained.
"It was a challenging year, but the difficulties we faced have brought us together and allowed us to discover our enormous resources for moving forward," the Russian leader said.
(With inputs from IANS and Associated Press)