Russian President Vladimir Putin kicked off his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A session in Moscow on Thursday.

During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website.

The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away.

So far some 1,5 million questions have been submitted for Putin’s Direct Line 2019 Q&A.

The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.

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