Putin’s Q&A: Around the world in 80 questions

Even though no records were broken, it was still a pretty impressive watch – particularly for Westerners unused to the rather revolutionary idea of leaders answering a flurry of questions directly put to them by members of the public for hours on end.

by Neil Clark, RT: 

President Vladimir Putin answering questions coming from Russian citizens in the annual Q&A live nationwide broadcast from the Moscow Gostiny Dvor studio, April 14, 2016. © Michael Klimentyev
‘There are more questions than answers’ the American reggae artist Johnny Nash sang in 1972. The same was certainly true of Thursday’s marathon Q & A with Vladimir Putin, when over 3 million questions were sent in by the general public for consideration.

Today’s session, compared to others we’ve had in the past, was a relatively ‘quickie’ – it ‘only’ lasted three hours thirty-nine minutes – one hour and eight minutes short of…

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