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Putin Answers Ordinary Russians' Questions for 4 Hours Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Apr 16, 2014, 11:54 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to host his annual, "Hotline Session" in which he answers questions from ordinary Russians for four hours straight. Just imagine, President Barack Obama trying the same routine talking to oridinary Americans without using a teleprompter.

According to Reuters, "With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine, prospects of significant progress at the four-way talks appear slim. By contrast, what Putin says during his annual "hotline" session with the Russian people may have far greater influence on events in Ukraine's rebellious east."

Unlike Obama, Putin is refusing to back down from answering questions from ordinary citizens, even if he must respond to a few tough questions.

As reported by Reuters, "Putin has shown no sign of backing down before his question-and-answer session, an event that has become a national institution over more than a decade and lasts on average about four hours. The president traditionally speaks about matters close to the hearts of ordinary Russians such as dilapidated housing, inefficient local authorities and inflation."

Over 1.5 million ordinary Russians have already registered to interrogate Putin.

To read the entire article from Reuters, link here:

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