Putin to hold 2020 annual press conference remotely
- 17 December 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday will hold the customary year-end news conference, APA reports citing TASS.
This time, amid the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the event will be arranged online in a video conference mode. Also, it will incorporate some features of the question-and-answer program called Direct Line with Vladimir Putin, in which the head of state is asked questions from audiences across the nation.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier previewed some new traits of the forthcoming program. Throughout the news conference Putin stay at his countryside residence in Novo-Ogaryovo in front of a large video screen, hearing and seeing all conversation partners. As for the Direct Line program component, questions for it are gathered on a special website and by means of a special mobile application, with All-Russia People’s Front volunteers providing assistance. As before, this year Russians can text messages to Putin or use any of the several available multimedia resources, for instance, send a pre-recorded video message. Usually, questions continue to be collected till the last minute of the program.