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Dmitry Bykov ready for conversation with prime minister

January 19, 2012, 0:47 UTC+3

“I think the opposition deserves to be given half an hour,” Bykov concluded

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MOSCOW, January 19 (Itar-Tass) — One of the founders of the League of Voters, writer Dmitry Bykov does not refuse to meet with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He said this to Itar-Tass, commenting on the prime minister’s statement that the League members were invited, but did not come.

“I was invited twice, two years ago, and it was on the prime minister’s birthday. And I was not ready to meet in the congratulatory format. My breeding does not allow me to say unpleasant words to a person on his birthday. And a recent invitation to the award handing is an invitation to a protocol event, and is not a place for dialogue. And there we would not have been admitted to the prime minister,” said Bykov, adding that he learnt about the invitation too late.

“I’m ready to meet and talk: on the political liberties, on the coming February 4 march, which they allegedly want to ban. There is something to talk about, we are waiting for an invitation,” the writer said.

At the same time he noted that it should be just an invitation to a conversation, rather than to some other event in a “strange format.”

“I think the opposition deserves to be given half an hour,” Bykov concluded.

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