Russia: Putin says World Cup must be worthwhile investment for the future

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the infrastructure which will be used in the upcoming World Cup must show a return on its initial investment while speaking during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday. He also said that expects the Russian team to 'show their best' at the tournament, in which they will be hosts. During the session, people across Russia have the... Еще 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.

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