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Putin’s Q&A session lasted 3h 42min, 70 questions answered

A total of 2,290,967 questions were received via various communications channels

MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. Wednesday’s Direct Line with Vladimir Putin lasted for three hours and 42 minutes. The president answered 70 questions.

The question-and-answer session began at 12:07 Moscow time and finished at 15:49 Moscow time. Questions kept on coming till the end of the program.

According to the Rossiya-24 television channel, a total of 2,290,967 questions were received via various communications channels. Most of them were about Russia’s domestic problems and the coronavirus pandemic.

It was Putin’s 19th Q&A session. Putin spoke to Russians from a studio at Moscow’s World Trade Center, with no audience in the studio due to the coronavirus restrictions. He was only assisted by journalists Ekaterina Berezovskaya and Nailya Asker-zade.

Questions came both by telephone and via a special app designed for videoconference calls. There were several technical malfunctions during the Q&A session, when either the president or the person asking the question could not hear each other. Typically, it took minutes to correct them.

Apart from that, a number of massive DDoS attacks on the digital systems serving the session were reported during the event.