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The special live program “The Direct Line with Vladimir Putin” will begin at 12:00 Moscow time on April 25 live on Channel One, the television channels Rossiya 1, Rossiya 24, the radio stations Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii. As many as 26 female operators work in the call centre to receive the questions for “The Direct Line with Vladimir Putin”. Their shift lasts six hours. The questions are being received round-the-clock. The questions can also be sent in a sms message and at the website of the program.
The working schedule of Russian President Vladimir Putin will be adjusted to the preparations for “The Direct Line with Vladimir Putin” with the Russians in next few days, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the television news channel Rossiya 24 on Monday.
“We have already scheduled fewer events for Monday (April 22), and the minimal number of events for Tuesday and Wednesday to give an opportunity to the president to build up his concentration,” he said.
In the words of Peskov, during the preparations to a live question-and-answer session with people Putin “is reading very actively through the information, which all the ministries and agencies provide to him.” “We are trying to forecast the scope of the issues, which are of highest interest,” he added.
Peskov refutes allegations that Putin receives selective information
Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has refuted allegations that President Putin is not in the know of the real state of things being furnished with selective information only.
“This is not so,” he said. “Maybe not that often, but still the president uses Internet resources, watches TV.” Apart from that, the Kremlin press service compiles daily news digests. “No selective criteria are used to make such digests. For the most part, they are about what is shown in the TV news and written in papers and web publications,” Peskov noted.
“Moreover, the president receives on-line information from ministries, agencies and security services, so he can put two and two together,” the press secretary stressed.
When asked about Putin’s reaction to criticism in foreign media, Peskov answered, “He takes notice of it.”
The most frequent questions
The most frequent questions to Russian President Vladimir Putin for “The Direct Line” with him are the support for families, who have children, pensioners, doctors, students, businesspeople and the fate of Minister of Education Dmitry Livanov. These data is posted on the website of the project “The Direct Line with Vladimir Putin”.
In particular, the president is asked the questions on the size of the allowances for the families with children, the salaries of doctors and the pensions. The businesspeople complain to the president about “the taxation pressure and pension deductions.” Putin is also frequently asked the questions about the prospects of the education system and the fate of Minister of Education Dmitry Livanov and whether he should stay at his post.
Among other questions are the bills for electric power supplies, road and other taxes, the situation with low salaries in the Post of Russia. Several questions concern the activities of the non-governmental organizations and the opposition, including blogger Alexei Navalny. People are also concerned over the prospects for the cancellation of the zero pro mille requirement for the drivers and the comeback to the shift to the winter and summer time.
Anti-corruption drive is a top priority for Russian President Vladimir Putin, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
According to Peskov, Putin has always focused on this subject and after he took the presidential office it has come to the very fore. “Do not forget that he has always been saying that this is not a mere campaign,” Peskov noted.
He also touched upon the subject of a ban for Russian state officials to have real estate and bank accounts outside Russia. “If a state servant has some money, he or she must keep it with Russian banks. No state official should be allowed to have real estate abroad. If you work for the state, you cannot have any assets or real estate that could be used as an instrument to exert pressure. It would be better for state servants to be more patriotic and have both their feet in homeland,” he said.
In this context, he noted, it is not right to speak about the nationalization of elites. It is all about nationalization of entire society, he stressed. “The elite is a vague term, whilst nationalization of society is what is linked with patriotism,” he stressed.