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Putin relies on his charisma and will go to the 2018 elections as an independent

Russian president tries to humiliate Navalni at his only annual press conference

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Putin relies on his charisma and will go to the 2018 elections as an independent

In absence of a programme of structural reforms developed for Russia's socioeconomic problems, Russian President Vladimir Putin opted for his personal charisma to assert his leadership and tried to humiliate vetoed candidate Navalni during his conference Of annual press this Thursday, marked this time by presidential elections of next March. Putin said he will compete as "independent," reinforcing his image of nation's far. The 65-year-old leader, in power since 2000, relies on support of "parties," "social organizations," and "citizens." United Russia, majority government party in Parliament, did not even mention it on media appointment: More than three and a half hours of duration and record of 1,640 accredited journalists.

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Intervening his status as a journalist (accredited by a private television), Ksenia Sobchak, who aspires to challenge Putin at polls, Terció in favor of Alexei Navalni, politician who takes street out of unsatisfied youth and is vetoed as a candidate for Have been sentenced to prison terms. Sobchak accused authorities of organizing "fictitious processes" for political purposes against Navalni.

Avoiding name of Kremlin's most feared opponent, Putin wanted to ridicule him and compared him with Mikhail Saakashvili, former president of Georgia and former governor of Ukrainian region of Odessa. This exalted populist, which Putin said "what he does is a spit" for Georgians and Ukraine, leads a protest campaign against Ukrainian authorities.

"The one you named is Saakashvili, only in Russian version," said Putin to Sobchak, who inquiría on Navalni. "Do you want those Saakahsvili to destabilize situation in country, to go from a Maidán (square and, figuratively, protest) to or, to have attempts at coup d'etat," he said rhetorically.

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Vladimir Putin's annual press conference is spectacle of a single actor, which uses more and more docile questions as a resource. This year, its chief of press, Dmitri Peskov, formed blocks of questions, fusing "more daring" with "more benign". Putin dispatched m with common answers, which dodged uncomfortable aspects and did not admit aftershocks. Two women, Ksenia Sobchak and Tatiana Felgelgauer, tried to exert trade. They were both dressed in red and not by chance. The color of clos, along with witty posters or mascots, help to capture attention of leader. Framed by red neckline, throat of Felgelgauer showed a scar, footprint of knife of a madman who snuck into station echo of Moscow. Felgelgauer asked why re is a justice for ordinary citizen and anor for powerful as Igor Chin., head of oil company Rosneft, who ignored subpoena as a witness to process against Alexei Ulukáiev, former minister of economy. Putin opined that he did not violate law by failing to testify, though "he might have gone." The judges had enough data, he said, and his words seemed a preview of sentence scheduled for Friday.

"The absolute majority of citizens of Russia do not want this and will not allow it." "I assure you that authorities were not afraid and not afraid of anyone," Putin said. "We don't want a second edition of Ukraine for Russia." No. We don't want to and won't allow it, "he asserted rotundly." Sobchak, 31, is daughter of deceased Anatoli Sobchak, mayor of St. Petersburg whose orders Putin worked as responsible for foreign economic relations of that municipality.

"You present a program against all." Is that positive? "What do you propose?" snapped president to challenging journalist, as he applauded an auditorium, where majority were in solidarity with president. There was No doubt about it roar of disapproval that went through hall of International Congress Centre when a Ukrainian correspondent inquired on Russia's intervention in east of his country. The president denied that Russian army was in that region, but stated that "certain military police formations have been created re that are independent and that y are prepared to reject any far-reaching action against Donbás" (region Formed by provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk). Orwise, he believed that local population would be exposed to attacks by "nationalist battalions."

On exchange of prisoners (76 Ukrainians vs. 300 secessionists) planned among Donbás secessionists, Putin said operation is in hands of Kiev and that he hoped it would take place before end of year. The president described Minsk regulatory process as "low-efficiency" and stated that US, for its involvement in area, is a full partner of that process outside existing negotiating formats.

On deployment of UN peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine and Russian border, Putin insisted on need for a prior direct agreement between secessionists and government of Kiev.

In relation to President Donald Trump, head of Russian state opined that his American colleague has "serious achievements" reflected in markets, and that Trump surely wanted to improve his relations with Russia but "is not in a position to do so by Known limitations ". "I don't know if that desire continues to exist or is exhausted, I hope it continues to exist," said Russian leader, who admitted that, if not speaking in English, he would treat Trump from "tu". The opposition to American president, he said, attempts to delegitimize him by using argument of his relations with Russia.

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