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Putin promises writers response to constructive criticism

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called on writers to give constructive criticism of the authorities and assured them that they would get a response from the authorities.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called on writers to give constructive criticism of the authorities and assured them that they would get a response from the authorities.

"The most important thing, in my opinion, is that this process should not contain any narcissism," Putin said.

"Certainly there are some people who have their own thoughts and are able to formulate them in a way that it becomes interesting for others. And when such people have a desire to give advice how to lead the country - it is very good, we are ready to listen," Putin said.

Responding to writer Tatiana Ustinova, who said she was in favor of "freedom with clear conscience" and hoped that censorship would never exist in Russia, Putin said: "Let everyone have maximum freedom, but let's not forget about conscience."