Putin’s Annual Press Conference

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Putin's Annual Marathon Press Conference

by Stephen Lendman

Annually he spends hours answering questions submitted in advance, by categories from millions submitted worldwide, focusing on vital issues – a candidly forthright tour de force unmatched by any Western leaders, notably no US one.

Commenting on Russia's economy, Putin was upbeat, saying recession ended, growth resumed, GDP "rising for three quarters in a row."

He's taking measures to improve living standards for poor Russians, still suffering from Boris Yeltsin's post-Soviet neoliberal shock therapy, aided by recession conditions now easing.

He called anti-Russian sanctions beneficial, enabling the country to become more self-reliant and self-sufficient, along developing stronger ties with China and other countries.

"We do not consider the US our enemy," he said. "Russophobia (is part of) intensified (internal) political infighting." 
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