Putin to host call-in TV show with Russian public

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host an annual television show on Thursday at noon (1000 GMT) for the Russian public to call in and ask him questions.

The show, during which the head of state also answers questions from the studio audience, usually lasts several hours and covers mainly domestic issues.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Wednesday that consumer price inflation was likely to be discussed.

Russia's economy has suffered greatly in recent years amid plummeting oil prices and Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.

Peskov said the weakening of the national currency, the rouble, was not as much of a concern to the Russian public as much as rising retail prices.

The issues are closely related, as the rouble's devaluation has pushed up prices for imported goods.

Peskov said Tuesday that the other issues likely to be discussed are poor-quality roads and problems with utilities.

Last update: Thu, 14/04/2016 - 12:05

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