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MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. The Russian president has started his annual televised question and answer session officially known as "The Direct Line with Vladimir Putin."
The Direct Line is broadcast by Russia's TV Channel One, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 24, radio stations Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii.
Among this year’s key topics are the economic situation in the country, social and everyday problems of people. More than 2 million questions have been already received.
A special call center will be receiving questions till the very end of the program. Questions are also coming via SMS and MMS messages, there are video calls too. Along with that, Russians can address the president via the program’s website moskva-putinu.ru. Among this year’s novelties is the use of the VKontakte social network.
Prominent politicians and public figures have gathered in a studio in downtown Moscow, where Putin will answer questions pouring from all parts of the country.
The president's first session was held in 2001, lasting two-and-half hours. Since that time, his 13 appearances have totaled more than 45 hours. The longest Q&A session took place in 2013 when Putin was answering questions for four hours and 48 minutes.
The Russian president’s question and answer session is in essence the best poll in the world the results of which the Russian president uses in his work, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists earlier this month.