LIVE: Vladimir Putin answers questions from Russian citizens on ‘Direct Line’

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The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, participates this Wednesday in the ‘Direct Line’, an annual television event in which the president answers questions from citizens of the country, who arrive through online platforms, telephone or text messages and voice.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, detailed to TASS that due to the epidemiological situation “the motto of this ‘Direct Line’ is ‘without unnecessary intermediaries'”.

Most of the questions this year are dedicated to the coronavirus pandemic and problems related to the social sphere and quality of life, such as food prices, the cost of airline tickets, difficulties with benefits and other payments, the situation of mortgages.

This format, which was released in 2001, has grown over the years both in terms of the duration of the transmission and in the number of questions to the head of state. For the first ‘Direct Line’ more than 400,000 questions were received, while in the following four years, the number of requests varied between 1 and 1.5 million. The maximum number of Russians who addressed the president was in 2015, when the organizers received some 3.25 million questions.

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