Putin complains of ‘difficult and nasty’ work

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, widely seen as the winner in next year’s presidential elections, said on Friday his work was “difficult and nasty.”

At a meeting with Women’s Forum participants, Putin said that such events were a solace to him.

“Sometimes we have pleasant moments in our difficult and nasty work. This was a hint to today’s meeting,” Putin said.

“I might be diplomatically incorrect now, but I don’t want to leave you now and meet with my [Belarusian] counterpart,” the Russian premier said, referring to a session of the Supreme Union Council of the Russia-Belarus union state in which he was to take part.

Shortly after his second presidential term expired in 2008, Putin said he “worked as hard as a galley slave over the past eight years.”

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