Thursday, October 26, 2006

[russia] volodya meets the people

Putin’s regular ‘meet the people’ apparently went well. Beginning from 11 a.m. yesterday, Russians gathered at sites around Russia to ask questions to the President. Citizens could call the president or send by SMS or a special website. Nearly 2 million questions, the most sensitive to be studied thoroughly by the cabinet of ministers, included ecology, nuclear tests in North Korea, flight safety, decrease in coniferous timber, support for the machine-building industry and so on. One man asked: “What will become of us and of Russia [after 2008]?” Volodya replied: “I’ll manage to save the most valuable thing for a politician - that is your trust. And using it, we’ll be able to influence what is going on.” Sure he will. Now it's time for Tony and George.

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