Up to 500,000 Calls Received ahead of Putin’s Call-in Show

MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) – Almost half a million questions were received at a Russian call center ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual live QA session scheduled for April 25.

Most of the questions so far concern problems of social services, social protection as well as housing and public utilities, according to the call center.

Staffers of the call center, which started operating on Monday, added that 2,718 people call every minute with 73 percent of them making calls from their mobile telephones.

Putin holds his call-in shows annually since 2001 except for the last year. During his QA session in December 2011, which lasted for more than four and a half hours, Putin, then Russia’s prime minister, answered 88 questions.


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