Kremlin Lies Department
K: TV set is called in Russian blogoshpere (in English translation) “idiot box” or “Putinisor” (Putin + visor, similar to tele + visor), not without a rational base.
Putin lies when he has to say something and keeps shut or vanishes from medial space when he does not know what to say. “Cunning man” with “cunning plans”. Not “cunning”, of course, but dodging responsibility. He already spat on “Kursk” families, now he’s spat on families of Donbass.
This time the choreographed TV Mysterium called The Direct Line with Vladimir Putin was elevated to such high professional level, I was able to watch it for a dozen of seconds only. After short statement about oil prices or something around that, camera was switched away to Russian young female presenter keeping in hand a microphone. For a short time she was stepping down slowly on staircase to find herself close to an entrepreneur who was destined or allowed to ask a question. It was enough for me. The pompous spectacle was so pathetic I couldn’t stand and had to switch the TV show on rt.com off.
Putin knows very well what to say, to whom and when. Every, every question was checked and under full control. Every personal “slip up”, a smile, a wrinkle, a deep thought on Putin’s face, whatever, was directed. Putin knows how to address directly and indirectly foreign journalists which were watching the show.
So, if you think you “understood Putin’s replies” you are wrong.
What happened that day and what was not orchestrated then, it was the decline of Putin’s vertical power. If Putin’s requests or commands or directives were able to help people in far away Russian regions and within few hours, it was a noteworthy evidence of Putin weakness. Why “weakness”? I answer you using the words I wrote to Mr. Paul Craig Roberts: But what is more interesting is clearly visible tendency of increasing decay of Putin’s vertical power – I’d sum it up – “Putin’s Powerlessness: From Micromanagement to Nanomanagement”.
In other words, think when you watch or read what Putin says. His address is to Russian people mostly. Don’t allow yourselves to be fooled like the readers of The Saker – a putinoid blogger.
Details of the personal life of Vladimir Putin, which became known following a straight line
From: rt Russia, 14.04.2016, 15:43
– “The relationship with his ex-wife, preferences in leisure and porridge for Breakfast. During the next live call-in President Vladimir Putin answered several personal and quite unexpected questions. The best of them — in the compilation of RT. (…)“
Rapid reaction force: what has changed in the 3 hours 40 minutes direct line with Vladimir Putin
From: rt Russia, 14.04.2016, 18:24
– “In less than four hours in a straight line President Vladimir Putin answered 80 questions. The speed of response from officials in some cases was a record. So, the criminal case against management of the fish processing plant on Shikotan island for violation of labour laws was initiated within ten minutes after the words of the head of state. What else has changed in Russia in less than four hours — compilation of RT in Russian. (…)“
Putin’s Q&A: Around the world in 80 questions
From: rt.com, Published time: 14 Apr, 2016 17:34, Edited time: 14 Apr, 2016 19:06
(Click to enlarge) Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions during the annual Direct Line with Vladimir Putin broadcast live by Russian TV channels and radio stations. April 14, 2016. © Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik
– “ ‘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 Putin’s record, set in 2013.
And the Russian President ‘only’ answered eighty questions. What a slacker! (…)“
K: Putin made here an error, Peskov apologized the German media (Kremlin apologizes for linking German newspaper to Goldman Sachs)
Handelsblatt: the German newspaper, surprised by the “revelation” of Putin
From: INO TV, 14 April 2016
– “Calling on the direct line of the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung “the mouthpiece of Goldman Sachs”, manipulating information with the aim of discrediting the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin has caused confusion in the wording of the issue, reports Handelsblatt. The closer in Russia’s parliamentary elections, the more provocations should be expected from the West, warned the President. (…)“
Top quotes from Putin’s 2016 Q&A
From: rt.com, Published time: 14 Apr, 2016 17:27
(Click to enlarge) Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions during the annual Direct Line with Vladimir Putin broadcast live by Russian TV channels and radio stations. © Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik
– “From Turkish reluctance to fight jihadist militants to ‘saving’ Poroshenko or Erdogan, President Vladimir Putin’s annual Q&A session was anything but a dull affair. Over three million people wanted to ask the Russian leader questions. (…)“