Putin began a 15 “Straight line”
MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin began a 15 “Straight line” with Russians. As in past years, the President will answer questions from the audience in Gostiny Dvor.
In a specially equipped hall at 211 seats were assembled. As said press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, among them “and civil society activists, and heroes of television materials, such as unsuccessful people who have held an active civil position”.
The leading role of this time allotted to Tatyana Remezova (Russia 1) and Dmitry Borisov (the First channel).
It is expected that among the main topics of conversation can become social and domestic issues, the economic situation in the country. According to Peskov, international issues is not so much a concern of the citizens, so the list of the most common complaints they are “not even on the tenth place.”
The live broadcast will be the First TV channels, “Russia 1” “Russia 24”, radio stations “Mayak”, “Vesti FM” and “Radio of Russia”.
The tone of the discussions will ask the Russians, who will be able to apply personally to Putin. The organizers have already received about 2 million questions that arrive through various channels of communication. So, ask questions by calling, sending an SMS or MMS message, writing on a special website or through the mobile app.
References to “Straight line” are also taken from social media users, this time two — “Vkontakte” and “Classmates”. Moreover, this year with the help of social networks you can send not only text questions but also to ask the President, video. Questions will be accepted from 08:00 GMT 4th of June until the end of the program, most interesting and actual of them will be given to the President live.
In addition, directly during the broadcast to host your video feed with the Studio “Straight line” as the owners of the app “Moscow — Putin” and those who have mobile devices installed “OK Live” — the first Russian application for online broadcasts that are distributed for free in AppStore and GooglePlay.
The tradition of “Straight lines”
“Direct line with Vladimir Putin” — a television program, in which the President responds live to questions from residents of Russia and neighboring countries. The last such program was held on 14 April 2016. For the first time such a format of communication of the President with the citizens on national television and radio channels was organized on 24 December 2001.
In the future, “Straight lines” was held annually, except in 2004 and 2012. Only Putin took part in 14 programs, including ten times in as President and four as Prime Minister. Assessment of Putin, “direct contacts with citizens give a very true slice of what the worries and the interests of society”.
This year the “Straight line” was first held in the summer. As previously explained Peskov, the transfer of the broadcast from April to June is associated exclusively with the work schedule of the President.
The representative of the Kremlin has repeatedly assured that the regulations of the “Straight line” does not exist, Putin himself decides how long the conversation on live television. In 2001 the head of state was addressed to 400 thousand questions, later their number increased steadily and by 2015 exceeded for 3.25 million, and in 2016 increased to 3 million
The record “Straight line” was set in 2013, when Putin answered questions for 4 hours and 48 minutes.
In 2015, the conversation took 3 hours 55 minutes, in 2016 — 3 hours 39 minutes. If you add up the total time for Direct line, it will be about two days.