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Live Blog: Putin's Call-In Show


A Russian woman plays with her baby while watching the televised call-in show with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

A Russian woman plays with her baby while watching the televised call-in show with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Summary

-- After 3 hours and 40 minutes, it's over.

-- Economic questions dominated the early portion of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual televised question-and-answer session, followed by queries about Russia's foreign relations with countries such as Turkey, Ukraine, and Syria.

-- One of the first questions put to Putin concerned rising prices for groceries and other necessities. Putin said that he understands that people are being hurt by inflation.

-- Putin was asked -- reportedly by a 12-year-old girl -- who he would save from drowning first: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the leaders of two countries with which Russia currently has badly strained relations.

15:40 14.4.2016

“Direct Line” with Russian President Vladimir Putin is over after 3 hours and 40 minutes.

15:39 14.4.2016

Q: Do you curse?

A: Sometimes, only at myself. There is such a sin in Russia. What can we do. We’ll pray.

15:38 14.4.2016

A question from Crimea asks if Putin will run for president in 2018.

“It is too early to say,” he answers. Putin adds that it is important to think about where and how the government will work in the future, but how to fulfill the promises today. Depending on how the work goes, he’ll make the right decision, Putin says.

15:34 14.4.2016

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