Putin holds direct line with the Russians
MOSCOW, 15 Nov — RIA Novosti. President Vladimir Putin holds direct line which answers questions of Russians.
Experts expect that most of them will concern social problems, health, salaries, education, may also be linked to the upcoming elections.
Putin’s communication with people began at 12.00 Moscow time and goes to the TV channels “First”, “Russia 1” “Russia 24”, radio stations “Mayak”, “Vesti FM” and “Radio of Russia”.
On the same day on the website of the program and the Public television of Russia (OTR) available stream sign language.
This is the 15th on account of the straight line of the head of state. This form of communication arose during the first presidential term of Putin. The first line was held on 24 December 2001, 14 passed 14 April 2016.
To lead the program, the Studio which is traditionally located in Gostiny Dvor, will be Tatyana Remezova (VGTRK) and Dmitry Borisov (First channel), in addition, it is expected that the Studio will work leading Olga Pautova Olga Ushakova and Nailya Asker-zade and Maria Gladkikh and Vera Krasova.
As reported earlier, the press service of the Kremlin, in the tradition of previous programs, the head of state during a dialogue with Russians will answer questions relating to the socio-political and socio-economic life of the country and the international situation.
Putin, as a rule, is actively preparing for a straight line, he examines a large array of information, statistics, talking to Ministers and heads of Federal agencies.
Moscow — Putin
This year make the questions started from 4 June. The day before the start of the straight line has received more than 1.6 million questions to the President, said before the press-Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov. According to him, the majority of citizens care about social issues, housing and health care, to a lesser extent, foreign policy.
Peskov said that in many cases people are asking for help from the President, so often it is easier to reach the Kremlin than to the officials.
“Still people often say that to the President to reach out is sometimes easier than to management of their own regions. Such requests to read and watch very painful,” — said Peskov.
However, as noted in the Kremlin, regional leaders look straight lines and quickly respond to the comments of citizens. This Peskov stressed that often it is not even the head of the region, and officials who are “at the forefront of communication with citizens” and sometimes show “a desire not to help and desire to be engaged in formal replies.”
Russians sending questions to Putin, wonder what favorite band at the Russian leader, whether he went as a child in summer camp and what was his favorite subject in school. The head of state also asked when he last took a vacation for 28 days and if he had the chance, with whom he would like to spend this time.
This year ask your question by phone, SMS and MMS, as well as through the website, mobile apps, “Moscow — Putin” and “OK Live”, which is available in AppStore and GooglePlay. Applications are accepted from users of social networks, this time two: “Vkontakte” and “Classmates”.
Expected questions and answers
According to sociologists, in the direct line to prevail is the socio-economic set of problems, and also will not remain without attention and international issues.
Children, health, education, work, money, justice, the future of the country as a whole — this will be the main issues, the President of Fund “Public opinion” Alexander Oslon.
The head of the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM) Valery Fedorov believes that the air will be questions related to the slow growth of people’s incomes.
The Director of “Levada-center” Lev Gudkov among the top issues noted above all the instability of income, a sharp rise in prices and fall in purchasing power and the reduction of social expenditures and corruption.
Experts predict that the number of issues will be associated with the forthcoming elections of the head of state.
Leading researcher of the Institute of social Sciences Ranhigs Sergei Bespalov also notes the certainty that “the President is on the line asking whether he will run for elections in 2018”. “And, apparently, he again will answer that it is not yet time to speak about this,” — said the expert.
General Director of the Center for political information Alexei Mukhin directly calls the main intrigue of this question.
“Of course, did not remain forgotten question “Mr President, when are you going to nominate his candidacy in the next presidential term?” — this is a mandatory part, in my opinion. But, most likely, the President will laugh off, as always”, he suggested.
The President of Institute of national strategy Mikhail Remizov also noted that “now, any great President, especially in the country, is perceived in the context of formation of the agenda of his election campaign”.
Mukhin also does not exclude that, among other things, Putin will have to answer questions about protest activity and the fight against corruption. But the President, he added, is what to tell on this subject — regularly, once a fortnight or once a week, publishes information on the results of the fight against corruption.