Three controversial points from Putin’s ‘Direct Line’ call-in show

While the recent call-in show with Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t offer any big surprises, his answers suggest there are three important problems worth monitoring over the coming months.

Read on at Russia Direct.

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  1. I find Russia Direct to be a mixed bag, but this was a decent article. I did find Putin’s comments about the Panama Papers during his Q&A to be inconsistent and a bit off the wall.

    And I do agree that Putin seems to be stronger on foreign policy than domestic policy – probably because he has been forced to throughout his presidency. Also, most of his experience likely made him stronger on foreign policy – experience in the KGB and a degree in international law.

    That’s not to say he’s been bad on domestic policy, but his previous economic policy was more workable because he had high oil/gas prices and, therefore, good income. It’s going to be trickier figuring out how to come up with more effective economic policy when this has been taken away. It has also made the lingering issue of corruption more pronounced. He still has to come up with a way to effectively deal with that. Chirs Weafer just wrote an article that goes into these issues, here:

    http://russia-insider.com/en/russias-import-substitution-policy-too-early-tell/ri13932

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    • Thanks for posting the link to the RI article. I read somewhere (I cannot remember exactly where) that the Russian government was going to try and raise that needed revenue by taxing the oil industry heavily. Wonder how that’ll turn out.
      Also – why do you consider Russia Direct to be a mixed bag? I don’t mean any harm by asking this question, I’m just a little curious. Is there something I should be aware of when perusing Russia Direct?

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    • Obviously thozse starving in the streets weren’t asked to call in to ‘Direct Line’. We all know Putin won’t make it to the US election, let alone his own. Ukraine will be victorious!

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  2. “Obviously thozse starving in the streets weren’t asked to call in to ‘Direct Line’. We all know Putin won’t make it to the US election, let alone his own. Ukraine will be victorious!”

    Сало Уронили – героям Сала!

    And now we have the answer to the question, why userperson pheonix is so… persistant. That’s all because due to the sad, but simple fact that *pheonix* is a svidomite.

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    • Hello again, Lyttenburgh! If only I’d known it was that simple. Must be another disadvantage of being a relatively green blogger – I’m not all too familiar with the different breeds of troll out there. So tell me, is the svidomite one of them? And how is it best dealt with?

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