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…

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John Laccohee-Joslin

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?

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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

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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.

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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 –… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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.

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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… Read more »

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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.

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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.

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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.… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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.

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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… Read more »

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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.”

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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… Read more »

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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.

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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.