Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): *TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW* *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): *TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW* *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded achievements of Vitaly Mutko in the capacity of Russian Sports Minister while expressing hope that Mutko would cope with the tasks set for him in the new post... Еще. Putin spoke during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday. Putin acknowledged that Mukto's English «certainly needs improvement,» noting that one should give him credit for his work rather than «the emotional side.» During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website. This year’s phone-in line is being held in an updated format. The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away. Another feature of the ongoing session is the absence of a studio audience. Thus, allowing the Russian leader to focus on questions and requests filed by Russian citizens. So far some 2 million questions have been submitted for Putin’s Direct Line 2018 Q&A. The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.