In interested again and patriots and liberals. And liberals who consider themselves patriots, and patriots who are not alien to liberal views. In general: from the peasantry to science, from fishers to foreign students, from businessmen to individuals, businessmen checking.
If we try to single out several thematic areas that most interested Russians, then this is the financial crisis that Russia is experiencing, the problems of housing and public utilities, the political system of the Russian Federation in the year of parliamentary elections, business development, some foreign policy issues.
The peculiarity of this straight line can be considered much moreоgreater concentration of Russians on issues of domestic character. Issues related to Ukrainian obscurantism, contacts with other foreign "partners" were relegated to the second and even third plan.
The first question in the form of a video call - from Ekaterina from Omsk concerned the dead roads in the city and the actually frozen metrostroy. The question of killed roads is one of the champions in the popularity of the straight line of the 2016 sample. For millions of people, this is a cry from the heart, because talking about modernization, when wings are needed for movement, and people have not learned to grow them, it is very topical ...
In response to the “road question”, President Vladimir Putin proposed to work out the possibility of “painting” the funds that are meant specifically for repairing roads and housing overhaul, so that local authorities do not attempt to solve other financial issues of the regions with these funds. At the same time, the president proposed to leave the regional treasury on 1 ruble from those two rubles of excise taxes on fuel, which were introduced in the Russian Federation from April 1.
Frankly, there were not many such unambiguous versions of proposals for solving emerging problems in the course of a straight line. Most often, the president for asking citizens acted as if a mirror-like surface, projecting the question to those people (officials) who, according to their official duties, must deal with the problems that most often concern Russians.
Literally a few minutes after a particular question, news agencies came across news that seems to have already "reacted." So the Omsk governor, who before the presidential ether apparently didn’t guess about the presence of dead roads in the region, said that by May 1 may repair some kilometers of linen ... After the question of Sakhalin residents about the actual slave labor at the fish factory in the Kuril Islands (Fr. Shikotan) received information that a criminal case was opened against the plant’s management. And if we take into account that the workers of the plant had previously appealed to the Sakhalin Prosecutor’s Office, the question arises: couldn’t they do this work without Putin in this prosecutor’s office?
Generally speaking, the analogy was born: as a president, during a straight line in its individual episodes, you can use a cardboard dummy, as is often done with daubs of DPS cars on highways. I saw a separate driver - slowed down ... goes, does not violate. Passed - and again the gas to the floor. Well, not all, of course, but often it is.
So with the straight line of Vladimir Putin, something similar: the official heard the name of his region - he began to create the appearance of work, to make statements to the press that he would correct everything, I would do everything. Native, well, where have you been before? .. Itself (without the presidential image on the screen) could not? So it seems there are no irreplaceable ones, or nevertheless I worked with the hope that we are not 37, and that the horses are not changed at the crossing ... By the way, not once did it happen that the official of the mountain promised to turn the line, but as soon as the president was disappearing from the screen - again for the old - they say, he promised - now wait ... yeah ...
One of the questions that was asked of Vladimir Putin was a question that was literally raised today on the pages of the VO too. This is the question of the actual return of Alexei Kudrin closer to the federal authorities. Some of our readers said that the cozy liberal Center for Strategic Development, where they invited Alexei Leonidovich, has no relation to the federal authorities, and cannot have it. But the president himself has actually refuted such a thesis. According to Vladimir Putin, Kudrin as a “strong expert” will actively work in the Expert Council under the President, and, possibly (the head of state himself used this word), as deputy.
(Kudrin) He will deal with development strategy issues in the near future up to 2018. And perhaps further.
They asked Vladimir Putin about whether it was convenient for him to work with a weak government, to which the head of state said:
I do not think the government is weak.
According to the president, much more needs to be done to make work better. And blamed the officials on the fact that the work lacks a responsible target method. As Putin put it, everything sometimes gets stuck in the routine, but what has been achieved must be determined: what has been done for a certain period of time in order to make it clear who has fulfilled how much and who is to blame, and what to do next on this basis.
But is this (responsible target approach) in the interests of those who are not ready both to work and to take responsibility for something? ..
Sounded in the course of a direct line with the president and issues related to domestic defense. The Tula gunsmiths asked the president about how actively the Syrian operation of the Russian Federation influences the expansion of markets for the export of Russian weapons, and whether the state defense order program will be cut.
According to Vladimir Putin, the portfolio of orders for military equipment today exceeds 50 billion dollars, and today there is not even enough capacity to satisfy all the requests of foreign (potential) customers. In this regard, two new plants from the structure of the military-industrial complex have been opened in Russia.
At the same time, the president noted that there is no need to talk about reducing the volume of state defense orders, however, by 2020, when the rearmament program of the Russian army will be completed, the volume of military orders will, by definition, be reduced, and, according to Vladimir Putin, we need to think about possible conversion activities including about parallel production of products interesting to the “civilian” customer. At the same time, the head of state made a comparison with the growth rates of the defense industry in the USSR, stating that there was a clear oversupply weapons and military equipment, and as a result, citizens bought soap and sugar on coupons, not noticing how they lose the country itself.
The president was interested in his position on the growing number of countries quite hostile to Russia at our borders: Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia. A studio guest asked if Vladimir Putin considers that Russia surrounds itself with a ring of enemies. Putin said that he did not think so for the simple reason that there are much more friendly states in relation to Russia. He recalled the head of state about the existence of BRICS, SCO, EAEU. Then he returned to the EEU on the question of the possible introduction of a single currency. According to the head of state, the introduction of a single currency can only be talked about with a relative equalization of the economies of countries belonging to the Eurasian Union. Vladimir Putin added that the EU’s mistakes should not be repeated here.
Not without interesting questions "in short pants" (even if they were probably not children).
12-year-old Varya Kuznetsova:
If Poroshenko and Erdogan drowned. Who would you save first?
The answer of Vladimir Putin:
If someone decided to drown, it is already impossible to save him. We are ready to lend a helping hand and a hand of friendship if he himself wants it.
The Ukrainian theme surfaced after the appointment of Volodymyr Groysman as the new Ukrainian prime minister was announced right in the studio. The facilitator asked a somewhat strange question to the president:
What do you think about the new Ukrainian government?
Putin’s answer looked quite adequate to the question:
The President of Russia noted that he could not make any judgments about the new Cabinet, if he was not even familiar with its list. At the same time, the head of state said that he wanted the new Ukrainian government to draw conclusions from the mistakes made by the old cabinet to start working for the Ukrainian people.
Why say about Minsk-2. What will happen to the Donbas? War again?
Many things are stuck there. The first is political issues. Constitutional changes in Ukraine - they are not. Special Status Act. He is not. The amnesty law is not signed by the president.
According to the President of Russia, Kiev is actually consciously exacerbating the situation, simply in order not to comply with the Minsk agreements.
They shot - they answered - excuse for non-compliance with the Minsk agreements. (...) If Kiev, the EU and the US want us to go this way, let (in the West) work with our partners in Kiev. Make an impact. We did everything. Do you have to do anything yourself?
Continuing the theme, the president said that in Donbass “there will be no active hostilities,” and added that he supports Poroshenko’s initiative to increase the number of representatives of the OSCE mission in the conflict zone.
The answer of the president of the country to the comment of Sergey Dorenko on how to react to the search for enemies of the people in the country and to the well-known photos of the former prime minister in an optical sight of a sniper rifle published by a well-known regional leader turned out to be very interesting.
Vladimir Putin recalled what kind of person in question. According to Vladimir Putin, no one has forgotten that the acting head of the Chechen Republic at one time fought against the Russian troops "in the forest" in arms, like his father Akhmat Kadyrov. But, at the same time, we must not forget, as the president says, that it was Akhmat Kadyrov (father of the acting head of the Chechen Republic) without any compulsion that he realized that Chechnya should develop as a part of Russia. Putin recalled that Ramzan Kadyrov adheres to the same opinion, and he is ready to defend the interests of the country. True, the president immediately noted that it is necessary to take into account the “hot” Caucasian disposition, and that the formation of political elites in the Caucasus is difficult. As a result, the head of state noted that Kadyrov’s famous publication could be regarded as an element to the detriment of stability. According to Putin, this is his omission.
One of the spectators asked the head of state whether it was worth going to the polls in September, “if they still recognize the victory for United Russia”. In addition, the head of state was actually reproached with (the question from the studio) that the political system of Russia “entered into an agreement” in order “not to let in new forces”.
Vladimir Putin, by tradition, stood up for United Russia, saying that although the party has enough minuses, it is a stabilizing factor and “leads the ship between Scylla and Charibda.” According to the president of the country, he does not see fundamental differences in the party systems of Russia and the West, adding that, for example, entire families come to power in the United States, whose members follow one another: Bush Sr. and Bush Jr., Bill Clinton and now as a candidate - Hillary Clinton. Vladimir Putin recalled that recently the principle of party registration has been substantially liberalized, and that in a number of Russian regions the heads do not represent the parliamentary majority party. As examples: Irkutsk and Kirov regions, Yekaterinburg.
There were questions from the Crimean people. An important note from the Russian president here concerns the fact that the third line of the power bridge is being commissioned today, and by 1 May - 4, which will bring “traffic” to 800 MW and cover the current electricity needs of the peninsula. In 2017 and 2018, generating capacities will be put into operation in the Crimea, which will make it possible for the Crimea and Sevastopol to go to a qualitatively new level of development.
In his speech, Putin made an unexpected compliment to Barack Obama for having admitted his operation in Libya as his mistake. According to Putin, such a recognition can only be made by a strong person. True, the Russian president added that recognition is good, but only why the US authorities continue to make similar mistakes, including, for example, Syria ...
When Vladimir Putin was asked who else in Syria would do well to strike, the head of state said, in the words of the classics, that first it would be good to “strike on my own roadlessness and sloppiness” in the broadest sense, and this can add momentum to the development of the army and the whole country. According to the president, then the thesis “from the taiga to the British seas the Red Army is the strongest of all” will surely become a reality. President: “our army is stronger than everyone, but we need to make efforts to increase its efficiency.”
Not paid attention during the straight line "Meldonium scandal", Rosgvardiyu, student problems, the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Torah, the problems of business development and agriculture. Well, according to tradition, they called upon Vladimir Putin to introduce the “first lady” to the country, to which the president replied that the people should be actively interested not in the personal life of politicians, but in their work in their posts.