Ask the President! Some of Putin’s Very Best Hotline Answers

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As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to field questions from around Russia and beyond on Thursday, at his next large Q&A conference, we take a look at some of his most interesting and witty answers from his previous hotlines.

Putin's hotlines have become a well-established tradition throughout the years of his presidency. Since his first live session, in April 2001, people from all over Russia have had the chance to ask him whatever they want to, be it about politics, economics, global affairs or even the president’s personal life.

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Here are some highlights that we have selected for you.

To a pensioner who asked if Alaska could follow Crimea’s example:

“Faina Ivanovna, dear, what would you need Alaska for? We’re a northern country. 70 percent of our territory is in the North or Far North. Is Alaska in the southern hemisphere? It’s cold there as well. Let’s keep cool about it.”

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To a six-year-old girl who asked, “Do you think [president] Obama would save you from drowning?”

“I would  like this to never happen to me.  But, in fact, he is decent and courageous, of course he would.”

To a personal question, when would we have a chance to see the first lady?

“First I need to find a match for my ex-wife Lyudmila, only then could I care for myself.”

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To a question on geopolitical relations with Europe:

“It’s difficult to talk to people who whisper even at home, afraid of Americans eavesdropping on them. It’s not a figure of speech, not a joke, I’m serious.”

To a question on why the US can do whatever it wants and no one punishes them, while attempts are being made to punish Russia:

“The US is certainly one of the world’s leaders. At some point it seemed that it was the only leader and a unipolar system was in place. Today it appears that is not the case. Everything in the world is interdependent and once you try to punish someone, in the end you will cut off your nose to spite your face."

To someone who just rang in to ask a question live on air:

Q: Is it you?

A: Me.

Q: Is it really you?  And earlier it was also you?

A: It was also me, earlier.

Q: O, God, Thank you So Much for everything!

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To a question on human nature: “Lately we often see you in the company of tigers, leopards and whales and you look happier than when you are with ministers. Is that just an impression, or is it actually true?

“Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, I think it was him, once said: “The more I learn about people, the more I love dogs.”

To a question on when will things be all right?

“When will things be all right? Our people, who are fond of the bottle, used to say that you can’t drink all the vodka, but you should certainly go for it. Things probably will never be all right, but we should go for it.”

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