VLADIMIR Putin may come across as a cool and calculated world leader who is primarily focused on military might and political dominance.But the Russian President proved he is a real man of the people when he fielded questions about potholes and bad weather during his annual phone-in TV show.The four-hour programme opened with a video call from female resident Yekaterina who stood on a roadside in Omsk and complained about how local authorities ignored the city’s potholes.Unfazed by the question, Putin promised to fix the problem and by the end of the show moderators announced that Omsk officials had promised to repair 21 roads by May.Putin also showed he was prepared to stand up for the little guy when he received a call from residents about a giant pile of rubbish that they say is visible from space.Concerned locals said the landfill site is “poisoning us and making us vomit”.The Russian leader responded: “How could those houses have been built there? We must fix it.”He also cautiously lifted the lid slightly on his closely-guarded personal life, revealing for the first time that he has grandchildren.But he added that he wants to keep them out of the spotlight so they can… Read full this story
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