The opposition must reach out to people with a positive program, not a slogan “against all”, stated President Vladimir Putin during a big press conference in response to the issue of TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak. The broadcast of the press conference on Thursday, December 14, leads the TV channel “Russia 24”.
If the opposition comes to power without a clear program, it could lead to that Russia will be the Maidan and the streets will run “Saakashvili” Putin said, answering the question Sobchak about the competition of the opposition in the upcoming presidential elections. In particular, in his speech, the journalist mentioned of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
“Those whom you have named, is Saakashvili the Russian edition. And you want such “Saakashvili” destabilized the situation in the country? You want we have experienced from one Maidan to another? Us to have been attempts of coups d’etat?” — asked Putin Sobchak.
The head of state stressed that the Russians of this development don’t want: “We do not want and will not allow a second edition of Ukraine in Russia”.
18 Oct Sobchak announced the intention to bid for the highest office. The presenter explained that he would try to replace the missing in the ballot the column “against all”.
On the 13th on account of a press conference of the President 1640 accredited journalists. Last year the event was held on December 23. Then the head of state answered questions of journalists 3 hours and 50 minutes. A significant number of questions about domestic and regional agenda. The long duration of the press conference is 4 hours and 40 minutes — was held in 2008.
The first event in this format took place at the initiative of Putin in July 2001.
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