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The Russian Big Event For 04/25/2013: Putin’s 11th – Question and Answer Session…

On April 25, Vladimir Putin will hold his 11th national question and answer session. The sessions have been held annually since 2001, with the exception of 2004 and 2012…

“Direct Line” will be aired on the following TV channels: “Channel 1”, “Russia 1″, “Russia 24″ at noon on Thursday, April 25…

The phone-in will traditionally feature some video questions from different districts of Russia. You are welcome to ask Vladimir Putin a question using a hotline phone: 8-800-200-40-40, sending an SMS to 0-40-40 or typing your question at www.moskva-putinu.ru website…

Also watch LIVE on Voice of Russia at 12:00 pm MSK…

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Post by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

Update: Read comments for the news articles about what Putin said…

31 Comments

  1. John Laccohee-Joslin April 25, 2013

    I would dear like to know Mr Vladmir Putin’s view on agenda 21 and how he feels about the “New World order” that this agenda is aimed at.
    We have already seem quite a few of the changes here in Australia moving towards this concept?

  2. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    John Laccohee-Joslin: That is a million dollar question and I would like to know what Putin thinks also! Changes all over the world are happening…

    Thanks

  3. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Successor for the Office of the President will be elected by the people of the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday as he addressed the nationwide audiences as part of a major question-time televised show.

    He said it in an answer to a blitz-question on whether or not Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will be his successor to the presidential post.

    “It’s up to the people of Russian state to elect a person who will succeed to me,” Putin said.

  4. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Some of Western ideas, including those concerning sexual minorities, are unacceptable for Russian society, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday during his televised question-and-answer session.

    He recalled that the topic of the rights of sexual minorities had been brought to the fore during his recent visit to Germany and the Netherlands. “You know, they have their own standards,” Putin stressed.

    “If a Dutch court allowed the activity of an organization popularizing pedophilia, why should we adopt such standards? If they want to reproduce themselves though immigration, let them do so. We are not meddling with their affairs,” the Russian president said.

    “We have a different society,” he stressed. “Go on, try to allow anything of this kind – we have such a diverse country! The North Caucasus, the Far East, northern and central Russia,” he went on. He expressed bewilderment that Western partners are imposing their standards in Russia. “Maybe, we should urge to introduce our standards,” he noted.

    “Let us not demand anything from each other, let us be respectful towards each other,” he stressed. All the same, he noted, such differences do not mean “that we should not try to find ways to become closer, ways to understand each other better.”

  5. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that cooling in relations with the U.S. and the West began with the military campaign in Iraq in 2003.

    “First of all, I want to say that some cooling in our relations began with events in Iraq. It began not yesterday, not last year and not this year,” he said during a televised question-and-answer session.

    “Then events in Libya and other parts of the world began,” he said.

    Putin said he had repeatedly expressed his position on pressing international problems.

    “We observe chaos everywhere. And we do not think that our partners’ position is absolutely right,” he said.

    At the same time he concluded that “this does not mean that we do not need a complex of measures targeted at building relations in a certain fashion.”

  6. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the adoption of the “Magnitsky Act” is a manifestation of the U.S. imperial behaviour on the foreign policy field.

    “What need was to do it? Nobody can explain. Nobody can say why,” Putin said during the televised question-and-answer session on Thursday

    Russia did not provoke in any way to worsen relations with the United States, he noted.

    The Russian president believes relations between the two countries could develop positively in case the American partners just repealed the Jackson-Vanik amendment. “No, there was a need to pull another anti-Russian act – the Magnitsky Act in this case,” Putin said.

    In his view, it was done just to “fan the gills” – to show they are the most powerful here. “It is such imperial behavious on the foreign policy field. But who will like it?” Putin noted.

  7. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has said at this point he has no idea whether Gazprom has overlooked the so-called shale gas revolution.

    “At this point I have no answer to the question whether Gazprom has overlooked the shale gas revolution,” Putin said in response to a question from the journalist Mikhail Leontiev.

    “Firstly, costs in Russia are far higher. Secondly, we have enough “gas bubbles” to go ahead with traditional production. Thirdly, shale gas production involves enormous nature conservation costs. Let me point out that this technology needs very serious research,” Putin said.

    “Russia has vast prospects. I do not believe that we have overlooked something, but we should certainly stay on guard,” he added.

  8. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he believes that the introduction of a tax on luxury properties is possible.

    For instance, this tax should cover luxury cars and have a much stronger moral nature than the fiscal one, Putin said while answering questions on a major nationwide question-time show.

    “As for the tax on luxury properties, I’d like to reiterate we must get a tax of the kind,” he said.

    Putin said that, more specifically, there is a proposal to increase the basic tax rate for the sold for over 5 million rubles twofold and for cars sold for over 10 million rubles, threefold, Putin said.

  9. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization does not mean the end for development of the domestic agriculture, President Vladimir Putin said during a televised question-and-answer session on Thursday.

    He noted that Russia’s WTO accession stimulates domestic producers to supply more qualitative goods at affordable prices to the market.

    “But there are also threats,” he said.

    To minimize these threats the government developed support measures that in particular envisage subsidies and simplified taxation schemes for agricultural producers, he said.

    This year the agricultural sector will receive 180 billion roubles from the federal budget and a total of 260 billion roubles with regional support.

    Putin assured he drew close attention of the Agriculture Ministry and the government’s economic bloc to the use of protection measures for agricultural producers within the WTO.

    At present, there are 17,000 small and medium agricultural enterprises, 280,000 farms and over 2 million private and individual farms and gardens in Russia. Approximately 25,000 cooperatives are registered in the country. From 2008 to 2012 Russia’s agricultural sector received 730.5 billion roubles from the budget.

  10. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russia does not put any restrictions on the Internet but still it is important to take all the necessary steps towards fencing society off from pedophilia, drug abuse and the propaganda of suicidal behavior, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as he addressed a nationwide televised question-time show.

  11. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Vladimir Putin favours returning of school uniform, but opposes hijab wearing in educational institutions.

    It is demonstration of attitude to religion. It was never so in the country, the president said during the question-and-answer session, in reply to the question about hijab wearing in schools.

    “We must go the way of return to school uniform, and such work is underway, and it (uniform) will be introduced,” he noted.

    Putin supported the idea at the first conference of the All-Russia People’s Front in Rostov-on-Don in late March. “There must be school uniform in our country,” the president said at that time, proposing to take federal decisions for regions to introduce uniform and allow regions and municipalities to decide on details.

    Introducing of school uniform in Russia is one of the main issues on the agenda of the meeting of the State Duma’s Education Committee this Thursday.

    Earlier this week, two draft laws on school uniform were submitted to the State Duma. The authors of the first document were United Russia members and deputies from the All-Russia People’s Front Olga Tomofeyeva and Mikhail Starshinov.

    Timofeyeva told Itar-Tass that they proposed not to obligatorily introduce uniform as formerly, but suggested that regions should set requirements for schoolchildren’s clothes with taking into consideration local conditions and wishes of schools, children and their parents.

    The second draft law submitted by Liberal Democrat Mikhail Degtyarev calls for introducing school uniform, models of which must be approved by the government and the Education Ministry.

  12. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Reforms of Russia’s pension system is a very difficult task, which requires a civilized and open discussion, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday during his televised question-and-answer session.

    “It is a daring task to solve the problem of establishing a balanced pension system,” he said and noted that the subject is often used by the opposition to criticize the authorities. “Come out with your proporsals.”

    “We want to discuss this subject, but is should be a civilized and comprehensible discussion,” he stressed and expressed the hope the dialogue on that matter would be continued.

  13. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks it right to toughen entry procedures for foreigners from Central Asian countries and calls to take extra measures to speed up the introduction of entry procedures by foreign-travel passports for citizens of former Soviet republics and promised Russia’s financial help to its neighboring countries to issue necessary documents.

    “I think we must civilize and toughen entry procedures for foreign citizens, primarily from Central Asian republics,” the president said on Thursday during his televised question-and-answer session.

    In his words, such procedures will be imposed from 2015 because these countries should have time enough to print passports and other relevant documents. “We can try to speed up this process but in this case we will not be eligible to lay any claims,” Putin stressed. “Otherwise, we will have to help [them print passports], and to allocate funds from our budget for these purposes. Well, this option is worth of being considered.”

    According to official statistics, as many as 10.5 million foreigners were registered in Russia as of April 2013. This number includes 2.5 million Uzbek citizens, 1.4 million Ukrainians, 1.1 million Tajik nationals, 599,000 Azerbaijani citizens, 559,000 citizens of Kyrgyzstan, and 517,000 Moldovans.

    Among the countries, with which Russia has the visa regime, the leaders are Germany and China. Highly-qualified specialists come to Russia from Great Britain, the United States, France, and Germany. Moscow and St. Petersburg is the final destination for 40 percent of foreigners arriving in Russia.

    In June 2012, the Russian president endorsed the concept of Russia’s state migration policy for a period of up to 2025. In line with the concept, migration growth will be maintained at an annual level of at least 200,000 till the end of 2015 through the return of Russian compatriots living abroad and attracting highly-qualified specialists and the youth.

    From November 2012, each foreigner seeking employment in Russia’s housing, retail trade and services sector is obliged to prove the command of the Russian level at a basic level.

    From 2015, foreigners will be able to enter Russia only on foreign-travel passports. The requirement will not be applicable to citizens of the Customs Union member states, namely Kazakhstan and Belarus.

  14. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the corporation Rosnano did make some bad investments, but when it comes to venture businesses this is inevitable.

    “I do keep an eye on what is happening there. They have declared 2.5-billion-ruble losses themselves. That’s big money,” he said during the question-and-answer session broadcast live. “Is it possible to do everything impeccably in this sphere with absolute profit? It is hard for me to tell.”

    He recalled that Rosnano was sustaining heavy losses as a result of investments in solar cell panels.

    “Was it really necessary to invest in silicon? Especially so in our country, rich in hydrocarbons, where time has not been changed yet, where you get up then it is dark and go to bed when it is already dark?” Putin asked.

    He added that he would not like to make any comments, because nanotechnologies was a very complex affair. At the same time he said there were certain failures in the operation of this public corporation, nothing criminal.

  15. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – The Boston Marathon bombing demonstrated that Russia and the United States should pool efforts in the fight against terrorism, President Vladimir Putin said in a televised question-and-answer session on Thursday.

    Russia is a victim of international terrorism, Putin said noting that he always felt indignant “when western partners and media called terrorists, who committed atrocious, bloody crimes in Russia, as rebels and never – as terrorists, provided them assistance – financial, information, political support, sometimes direct and sometimes indirect.”

    “We’ve always said there is no need to carry out with statements that terrorism is a common threat, but we need to carry out with deeds and cooperate with each other,” he said.

    He noted that the Boston Marathon bombings “proved rightness of our thesis.”

    Putin also called for stopping to make speculations over religious routes of terrorism.

    “One can speculate on the tragedy of the Chechen people during Stalin’s repressions for a long while, but are they the only ones who suffered? The Russian nation suffered most of all,” he said expressing confidence that the issue is “not in nationality and not in confession.”

    Tsarnayev brothers suspected of the Boston Marathon bombings lived in the U.S. and Dzhokhar Tsarnayev had the American citizenship. In this respect Putin drew attention to some U.S. politicians’ proposal to announce Dzhokhar Tsarnayev a prisoner of war.

    “They are absolutely out of their right mind. Are they in the civil war there? Nonsense, they are making drivel,” Putin said.

    “I encourage that this tragedy should bring us closer together to avert common threats,” the most dangerous of which is terrorism, he said.

    “If we unite, we will not allow such blows,” Putin said.

    On April 15 two blasts 12 seconds apart ripped through Boston’s centre. Three people were killed and 260 others were heavily wounded.

    The U.S. authorities expressed confidence that Tamerlan Tsarnayev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnayev, 19, were masterminds and perpetrators of the bombings.

    Tamerlan was killed in the shooting with police. Dzhokhar received heavy wounds during detention and remains in a hospital of Boston.

  16. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Anatoly Chubais and his fellows, despite the mistakes they made, were bold enough to take steps to reform the Russian political and economic system, President Vladimir Putin said during a live question-and-answer session on Thursday.

    “I believe that he and a number of people who worked with him made many mistakes then,” he said. “But somebody had to do what they did. They changed the entire structure of the Russian economy, they changed the development trend.”

    “To my mind that could have been done differently, less harshly,” Putin said. “One had to have courage to take those steps.”

  17. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    Speaking at his question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin hailed the work of his opposition colleagues and non-governmental organizations in Russia.

    He admitted the political feasibility of the opposition which criticizes the authorities and prods them to work more actively.

    At the same time, Putin said that the Russian non-governmental organizations should show more transparency in terms of getting financial assistance from abroad.

    Voice of Russia

  18. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    Russia and the United States should streamline their relations and Moscow is ready to take specific steps to this end.

    A statement to this effect was made by President Putin during his call-in show on Thursday.

    Vladimir Putin said it wasn’t Moscow that had published the Magnitsky List, which he described as “imperial conduct”.

    The abolition of the Jackson-Vanik amendment following Russia’s accession to the WTO provided a good opportunity for doing away with the Cold War stereotypes and move on.

    However, Washington chose to spoil bilateral relations by adopting yet another anti-Russian bill, – bewildered Putin said.

    Adopted in December 2012, the Magnitsky Act envisages sanctions against 18 Russians whom the US authorities accuse of breaching human rights.

    Moscow responded by publishing a list of 18 US citizens who are banned from entering Russia.

  19. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    President Vladimir Putin thinks that there are no elements of Stalinism in his style of government.

    “I don’t think there are any elements of Stalinism here. Stalinism stands for a personality cult and massive breaches of law, purges and [prison] camps. There is nothing of the kind in Russia and I hope there will never be again,” he said during a Thursday hotline with the nation.

    However, he stressed that there should be “order and discipline” in Russia.

    “All citizens of the Russian Federation must be equal in the face of law irrespective of their office,” he said adding that the young women from Pussy Riot punk group and young man vandalizing the graves of soldiers should be held accountable under the law.

    Voice of Russia

  20. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the non-systems opposition legalize and participate in parliamentary elections using legislative capabilities.

    “It seems to me that the concept of non-systems opposition should now be gradually losing its vital role: they have been given the right to form political parties with minimal bureaucratic costs. They can become fully legal, form parties, and fight for their voters,” Putin said during a live question and answer broadcast on Thursday.

    “Crying for help is one thing and offering a positive agenda is a different thing. That can be done only legally, using the possibilities given by law. Go ahead, fight for seats in the parliament, prove that you are right,” Putin told the leaders of the non-systems opposition.

    Voice of Russia

  21. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that people are sentenced to prison terms in Russia for violations of laws, not for their political views.

    “No one has been put behind bars because of some political reasons alone. Courts sentence people for violations of laws, not for their political views or even acts,” Putin said during a live question and answer broadcast on Thursday.

    All people must obey the law and be equal before it, he said.

    “Both these girls from Pussy Riot and these guys who vandalize the graves of our soldiers should be equal before the law and should be held accountable for what they do,” the president said.

    Asked about mass rallies, Putin said that “they can and should be held, but it should be done in compliance with the law and without causing any disruption to other people’s life.”

    Voice of Russia

  22. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian authorities will not permit embezzlement at the state-owned Skolkovo hi-tech hub, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday in the wake of a recent fraud probe.

    “We’ll watch closely how money is spent and for what purposes. I’m confident no embezzlement will be allowed there [Skolkovo],” Putin said during his annual televised Q&A session.

    Russian investigators opened a criminal case on Friday against Skolkovo’s Vice-President Alexei Beltyukov, accusing him of embezzling $750,000 in state funds and paying the money to opposition lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov.

    Investigators claim Beltyukov attempted to conceal the alleged theft by signing a number of agreements between the Skolkovo foundation and Ponomaryov.

    The criminal case is the latest in a series of probes of Skolkovo executives.

    Investigators previously opened a criminal case against former senior Skolkovo manager Kirill Lugovtsev and the head of the foundation’s subsidiary Skolkovo Innovation Center Customs Finance Company (TFK Skolkovo) Vladimir Khokhlov over their alleged role in the embezzlement of 24 million rubles (about $760,000) from federal budget funds.

  23. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    The deadly bombing of Boston Marathon confirms Russia’s position that terrorists are a common threat to all nations and must never be supported for political gains, says Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Putin was commenting in Moscow during his annual Q&A session on the flood of comments in the US, many of them from common people, which blamed Russia, where the suspects in the bombing were born, over the crime.

    “Common fold in the US are not to be blamed, they don’t understand what is happening. Here I am addressing them and our citizens to say that Russia is a victim of international terrorism too,” he said.

    He lashed out at the double standards that spring up when terrorism is concerned.

    “I was always appalled when our western partners and the western media called the terrorist, who did bloody crimes in our country, ‘insurgents’, and almost never ‘terrorists’,” Putin explained.

    “They [the terrorists] were receiving help, informational, financial and political support. Sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly. And we were saying that we must do the job and not be content with declarations proclaiming terrorism a common threat. Those two have proved our position all too well,” he added.

    Putin criticized the idea voiced by some Republican politicians – including Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte, and Representative Peter King – to declare the surviving Boston bomber an enemy combatant.

    They want “to declare this criminal a prisoner of war. Are they out of their mind? What kind of a PoW is he? Do they fight the Civil War between the North and the South again?” he said.

    By declaring the man an enemy combatant like many ‘War on Terror’ detainees, the US would be able to prosecute him in a military tribunal and deny him some of his basic rights as a civilian and US citizen. The White House has rejected this suggestion.

    Putin said that Chechnya’s painful common history with Russia should not be grounds for speculation, and does not justify branding all Chechens as terrorists: “It’s not about nationality or religion. It’s about the extremist mindset of those men.”

    “I’m saying all this not to put the blame, but to call on bringing ourselves closer together in resisting our common threats, of which terrorism is one and more dangerous. If we truly join our efforts, we will not allow these strikes and suffer such losses,” Putin concluded.

    The Thursday remarks were Putin’s first public comment on the worst terrorist bombing attack on US soil since the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center.

    The twin bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon on April 15 killed three people, including a child, and injured 282 others. An FBI investigation revealed that the perpetrators were ethnic Chechens: Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his young brother Dzhokhar.

    Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with Boston police days later after the duo killed an officer on the MIT campus. Dzhokhar was arrested hours later in a massive manhunt, and is now being treated for gunshot wounds in a hospital.

  24. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin set a new record on Thursday for the duration of his annual televised question and answer session, replying to 85 questions in four hours and 47 minutes.

    This was Putin’s 12th Q&A session, but the first since being re-elected president in 2012.

    Putin’s very first Q&A session, held on December 24, 2001, lasted two and a half hours, one hour longer than the hour and a half planned. Each of the subsequent sessions has been longer still.

    The 2009 session lasted for more than four hours. In 2010, he answered questions for four hours and 26 minutes, and in 2011 he set a new record again of four and a half hours.

  25. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – The Russian government will take measures to check price rises and the growth of the cost of the housing and utilities services, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the live question-and-answers session on Thursday.

    “We will work in this direction so that people should not have to make unjustified payments,” he said.

    Putin acknowledged that a certain growth of tariffs is planned. He explained that rigidly checking tariffs is “a double-edged weapon, as far as investment plans of natural monopolies go.” “But, most probably, we will check them somewhat, too,” the president added.

    The head of state stressed again that the growth of the cost of the housing and utilities services is connected not with price rises but with the change of norms. “Regions quite often revise norms, making services costlier,” he said. “This is impermissible,” the president holds. “I do hope that the government and regional authorities will duly react to that,” he added.

    On the whole; Putin said, prices in Russia grow at a moderate pace. “Price rises, first of all, reflect such an indicator as inflation, which is, historically, at a low level in Russia,” he noted. The president recalled that the record inflation of 6.3 percent was registered in 2011. “Inflation must be around six percent, 5.9 percent, as planned, at the end of the year,” he said, adding that the inflation rate at present is just over 7 percent.

  26. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged that not a single official, regardless of the position he or she might occupy, will get off scot-free if suspected of any offence.

    During Putin’s question-and-answer session on Thursday, there came a remark that high-ranking officials have a free hand to indulge in “big theft.”

    “No one can do it, whether it be big theft or a pilferage,” Putin said. “No one.”

    “If there are grounds to suspect an official, even the most high-ranking one, of violating the rules and laws, such information is immediately checked by the police,” he stressed.

  27. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was sorry that Russia’s security agencies were unable to provide any handy tips about the Tsarnaev brothers who committed a terrorist attack in the United States’ Boston.

    “Since the Tsarnaevs never actually lived in Russia. They came from Kyrgyzstan and appeared here from time to time, the Russian secret services, to our great regret, we unable to share any useful information with the American colleagues,” Putin told journalists on Thursday.

    “The United States and Russian security services regularly exchange information,” he said. “I hope this tragedy [the Boston terrorist attack] will give a fresh impetus to expand this cooperation, which is in the interests of both the American and Russian security services.”

  28. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he absolutely opposed legalization of soft drugs in Russia.

    In reply to the question whether Russia will legalize cannabis, he said, “No.” “Cannabis as a derivative for agriculture, for fabric can be used, but not as soft drug, I am categorically against it.”

    The sense of legalization of soft drugs in some countries was to distract people from hard ones.

    “Practice proves that this does not happen,” Putin said. “On the contrary, this is the first step to hard drugs and to heavy dependence. We do not need to do this.”

  29. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russia’s negative image abroad is a stereotype imposed on the world public, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the traditional Q & A session with Russian citizens on Thursday.

    “Why does the world dislike Russia? I do not think that we are unloved or considered to be ignorant. The whole world recognizes Russia’s cultural achievements. It is impossible to imagine the world culture without Russian culture, without our music and literature. It’s a shame not to know about that,” Putin said.

    “I have heard that many times from various people. It became particularly clear when we were bidding for the right to host the Olympic Games,” Putin went on to say. He added that at that period of time many people, who were absolutely independent, had told him that they would support this country because they needed an independent and self-sufficient Russia. “Naturally, it’s exactly these qualities that we are going to strengthen,” Putin emphasized.

  30. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russia does not seek to spoil relations with anybody but it is necessary to respect Russian society, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists on Thursday after a nationwide Q & A session.

    Putin said that Russia did not want to impair relations with anybody. “On the contrary, we are trying to deepen our relations but if we are struck on one cheek we are not going to offer the other cheek,” the president said.

    “It’s necessary to respect the Russian society, our traditions, our culture and the laws of the Russian Federation,” Putin emphasized.

  31. admin Post author | April 25, 2013

    MOSCOW, April 25 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists after a nationwide Q & A session on Thursday that a stable political system was the main guarantee for attracting investments.

    “The stability of our political system is the main guarantee for attracting investments,” Putin said, referring to China as an example.

    Putin was also asked whether he agreed with an opinion that Russia needed investments, including private Western investments, and whether decreasing the role of manual management and lowering the degree of anti-Western rhetoric could contribute to attracting new investments.

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