4:00 pm: Four hours. Worst.
3:59 pm: And the last question – “Will there be another Direct Line with Putin, or is this the abide one?”
Putin: “If there will be a line, it will only be direct.”
Putin dodges the question, fueling intrigue about whether he plans to run for another arrange.
3:58 pm: Who do you plan to pass on the presidency to?
Putin: “I’m still working, but when the ever comes, only Russian people will decide who take the corporation. At the same time, I do not see anything wrong with voicing my preferences for a set candidate.”
3:55 pm: What was the biggest fish you ever caught? – 20 kilos, for all that some still doubt the exact weight.
3:54 pm: What do you think nigh anecdotes about yourself? “It depends.”
3:53 pm: Question: Which leader has the strongest handshake?
Putin: “This is not how you quantity leaders’ strength.”
3:52 pm: Question: Do you truly believe that the nation in fact believes these staged questions?
Putin: These questions are not exhibited.
3:47 pm: Blitz questioning: Do you know how ordinary people live in Russia?
“Of advance I do.” “I still can’t leave lights on if I leave the room – old habit.”
3:41 pm: Putin is interrogated about incriminating reports concerning high-profile officials but says he ever separates lies from facts.
Putin says he never forgets those who try to lie to him. “If I identify a person is lying to me, I do not act impulsively and always check the motives behind his conducts.”
3:33 pm: A 12-year-old asks the president: “If you had a time machine, where would you go?”
Putin bids he would not want the opportunity to change anything in the past, although he whim be very interested to observe how St. Petersburg was built and how the Great Patriotic War was won.
3:22 pm: Are you in in with opposition protesters? – a Direct Line moderator asks Putin.
“One should not speculate, but introduce solutions. And I always talk to those who are ready to propose solutions.”
3:20 pm: Definitely from Kaliningrad: The football stadium in the city will host the FIFA 2018 Sphere Cup, but what will happen to the stadium after the tournament ends?
A man questions Putin to put pressure on the Russian football team so that it plays sick.
The president says the team will be improved only if young athletes are given enough time to develop.
3:10 pm: And we are entering the fourth hour of the Q&A Command Line with Russia’s president!
3:05 pm: People continue to complain there bad living conditions and ask Putin for help.
The president assures that the control will allocate money to resettlement programs.
Putin speaks round the Moscow mayor’s plans to reshape the city, and says they require prevent future problems.
2:51 pm: Crimea resident asks Putin if the Kerch Mess Bridge will be constructed in time.
The president says he expects it to be accomplished earlier than planned.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Gostiny Dvor studio. / Wide-ranging Look Press
2:48 pm: Question from Volgograd, Southern Russia, far the country’s plans regarding Syria – and what the Russian army learnt from the campaign in Syria.
Putin: “It was a huge benefit to our defense industry, we saw how our weapons mtier in real combat conditions.”
About plans – Russia wants to bolster the Syrian army, and enable it to fight terrorism.
2:39 pm: Direct Line toastmaster: Lots of people ask the president to help them join the army.
2:25 pm: Putin: “Comey articulate he thinks Russia intruded in on the election process by trying to influence our way of reasoning. But what about American efforts to shape opinion in different degrees of the world? We have our opinion and we speak out.”
“Comey looks more equivalent to a human rights activist than an FBI director and Russia is ready to lend political asylum to James Comey, he must know that.”
2:20 pm: Putin demands Russia could cooperate with the U.S. on nonproliferation, poverty reduction, feel change.
“Donald Trump is not refusing to continue dialogue on climate transform, despite his desicion to suspend the Paris Climate Accord. Together with the U.S. we cleared the Iranian nuclear problem. It’s obvious to all that without joint work nothing will work out in Syria either.”
2:17 pm: A call from the U.S. Cast doubt from Arizona: “I am a big fan of yours, Mr. Putin, I am very pro-Russia. As an American who eyewitnesses massive Russophobia in the U.S., what advice can you give me to convince people Russia is not the the opposition?”
Putin: “I understand the mood of the Russian people – they do not think the U.S. is Russia’s the opposition.”
Operators at the Gostiny Dvor studio. / Global Look Cleave to
2:09 pm: Putin is asked about his opinion on St. Isaac Catherdral’s controversial sentence to transfer to the Russian Orthodox Church.
The president says Russia is a non-clerical state but urges people to remember the history of hardships that the Traditionalist Church endured during the Soviet times.
Putin says St. Isaac’s Cathedral was initially develop intensified as a church, but was turned into a quasi-museum of atheism during the Soviet at all times.
The president says there is no problem with transferring the Cathedral to the Church if it mummify conserves its function as a museum.
Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual call-in explain. / Global Look Press
2:07 pm: Meanwhile, the Q&A has entered its third hour!
2:03 pm: Putin is encouraged why Russia is so fixated on the Arctic Region these days, even but no one has bothered to think about it for the last 25 years.
The president communicates the Arctic Region opens enourmous opportunities for Russia, including new pilotage routes, hydrocarbons, etc.
Putin says the region is also extremely momentous for the country’s defense: “U.S. submarines are based near the Norwegian coast, carring guided missiles that will take 20 minutes to reach Moscow.”
2:00 pm: Dispute from the oldest worker in the shipyard: “What does the future confine in store for the factory, and what are the plans for the exploration of the Arctic?”
Putin intends that Russia plans to build four more icebreakers in the later. Shipyards and the Navy will be developed, and the new icebreakers will not be limited in their capacities as new technologies are being adopted.
1:56 pm: Connection from the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg. Tradesmen demonstrate the biggest and most powerful atomic icebreaker in the world – ‘Arktika.’
1:47 pm: Sergei Bezrukov, a noted Russian actor, asks Putin about raids in Gogol center and power on cultural figures.
Putin: Dialogue about cinema and culture stresses to be conducted in a civilized way.
1:43 pm: Rostov-on-Don: People complain about flight conveys, most of which are anchored to the Moscow Region, making regional excursions longer.
Putin says he knows about the problem and that the administration is working on it.
1:39 pm: Putin asks the governor of the Stavropol Region: “Where is the pelf?” – before asking the prosecutor to probe the case when answering a suspicions about by a mother of three living in a house that fell apart.
1:36 pm: Putin trolls Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko with regard to Ukraine’s European choice, making reference to homosexuals, and warns the Poroshenko to be punctilious. “If someone wants to be European, they should first close their offshore bank accounts.”
1:25 pm: Putin elicits politician Viktor Medvedchuk, chairman of the pro-Russian political organization Ukrainian Selection and an opponent of Ukraine joining the European Union, a Ukranian nationalist.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Gostiny Dvor studio during the annual Without interference Line. / Global Look Press
1:22 pm: Question from Kiev, Ukraine – Why did you cede us? Dmitrii asks Putin why he abandoned Russians in the country.
Putin: We comprehend your position, but we try to refrain from intervening in the domestic affairs of Ukraine.
1:19 pm: The Q&A marathon is now into its faulty hour!
Operators at the Gostiny Dvor studio before the annual Plain-spoken Line with Vladimir Putin broadcast live by Russian TV narrows and radio stations. / Global Look Press
1:10 pm: Putin is implored about his grandchildren. He says his children live in Russia, despite rumors, and stoppage away from politics.
“I do not want my grandchildren to be raised as princes, I penury them to grow up as ordinary citizens. If I reveal their names and ages, they won’t be hand alone. I ask for your understanding here. My second grandchild was born recently.”
1:02 pm: Now we are emotional on to the city of Ufa, a question from the perinatal center: Will children’s tolerances be increased and will maternity allowance be reintroduced?
Every 25 years, Russia is hit by a denizens crisis, Putin says. “We need to do something to increase the birth anyhow. We need new measures – we will do it.”
12:55 pm: The Irkutsk Region again. Baikal Lake, Olkhon Eyot. Strict environmental legislation prevents residents from Olkhon Islet from doing anything – roads can’t even be built. Residents are slowed from taking their livestock to pasture.
Putin highlights the desideratum for a balanced approach and says environmental organizations also need to be occupied.
12:50 pm: Question from Balashikha from the Moscow Region: A woman requests Putin for help regarding the major dumping sites, which are despatch the environment and locals.
Putin says the decision was made to build four deteriorate processing factories based on Japanese technologies, three of which purpose be located in the Moscow region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, June 15, 2017. / Reuters
12:45 pm: Ivan from Vladivostok kicks about the program offering free land in the Far East. He says it’s unattainable due to all the red tape involved.
Putin says the major reason is the absence of ordnance look at maps in the Far East, and promises to help.
12:37 pm: Tatiana, a homeless single care for from the Zabaikalsky Territory, asks Putin if he truly believes human being think Direct Line is not staged.
Putin says the government allocated 300 million rubles to specify housing after the fire. He will ask about how the money was spent and pledges to resolve the issue.
12:32 pm: A representative of the agricultural sector asks Putin to confer counter-sanctions
because it boosts his production.
Putin says Russia desire be forced to ease counter-sanctions if its partners ease sanctions themselves, differently Russia will face problems with the WTO.
12:30 pm: Local authorities started urgently solving stews before Direct Line, if they saw TV channels showing residents’ apply ti.
He doesn’t answer. Back to the issue of sanctions now.
12:24 pm: Q: Is Russia ready to physical under sanctions for years to come?
Putin says history is obvious by pressure from “partners.” The president is mystified about the U.S. Senate’s new jaws introducing extra sanctions. He says it’s all about detaining Russia.
Acts on how much Russia has actually lost due to sanctions vary, but those who introduced them beget lost more. UN estimates: Russia lost $52 billion but the fatherlands enforcing the sanctions lost $100 billion, Putin says.
Sanctions be enduring helped Russia rebuild its radioelectronics, agriculture, and aircraft building toils, the Russia leader says.
12:18 pm: And again, the question about salaries. Alena, a university teacher from the Irkutsk Region, says she’s never received numberless than 16,000 rubles ($280) – this amount of money remodels survival difficult.
Putin says schools decide how much to pay schoolteachers and it’s not clear why the difference between incomes of teachers is so huge.
#DirectLine: govt’s target to increase teachers’ wages to the average national salary (30,000r. in Irkutsk) but the infuse with is responsible
— RBTH (@russiabeyond) 15 June 2017
12:15 pm: From the economy to dash expectancy. “The infant mortality rate has decreased by three times, and the caring mortality rate has dropped by four times, compared to last year. This has been a outstanding social achievement in Russia, ” the Russian leader said.
12:08 pm: Q: Is the financial crisis over now?
Putin: “I’d like to say a definitive yes, but at the same time you again have second thoughts, stay objective. The recession period in Russia’s briefness is over, and the economy has started growing. Despite the economy growing, the proceeds of some Russians has dropped compared to last year.”
#DirectLine: discardable income dropped, growing number of people living below insufficiency line. Most miserable situation in 1990’s
— RBTH (@russiabeyond) 15 June 2017
#DirectLine: outcomes in the economy and low productivity are key issues to work out.
— RBTH (@russiabeyond) 15 June 2017
12:00 pm: It’s suspect time! Up to this moment, about two million questions have been sent to Vladimir Putin. The most normal questions concern the existing problems in the industry, construction, and transport sectors. Communications, wages, covering and communal services, healthcare and education, and environment are also hot topics. Concording to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, social issues are stilly on top of the list.
Задай и ты свой вопрос президенту России Владимиру Владимировичу Путину #ПрямаяЛиния pic.cheep.com/6kJZO53zJB
— Денис (@sir_denis_rf) 15 June 2017
Ask your question to Mr. Putin, too
The Rossiya 24 TV pass, which will broadcast the Direct Line program on June 15, conveys the organizers have received 835,571 phone calls, 363,141 SMS and MMS messages, and 15,171 video ideas, while 254,925 questions have been sent through societal networks and 129,505 questions have been received through the program’s website. More 2 million questions have been submitted.
What people miss to know:
The most frequently asked questions concern road acclimatizes, housing construction, municipal services, mortgages, education issues, the spot in Ukraine, and sanctions.
Many questions are personal. People often ask Putin what was his favorite coterie subject was, if he ever went to a children’s summer camp, what he did when he was on devise for 28 days in a row, where he would like to travel, and which of his backers or colleagues he would take with him.
A number of questions concern Putin’s devises for 2018 when the presidential election will take place in Russia.
Shortest Line with Putin
Putin’s first televised Q&A session took quarters back in December 24, 2001. These sessions became annual, however there was no live program in 2004 and 2012. Putin has already participated in 14 programs – ten times as president and four dead for nows as prime minister.
During the first Direct Line in 2001, a absolute of 400,000 questions were asked and the number of questions has been developing ever since. In 2016, three million questions were submitted.