Vladimir Putin wants the prices for domestic gas to "remain reasonable." "What with Russia being the world's biggest gas producer, it can as well keep low prices for domestic gas as long as it can, all the more so since the average income of the population is not very high," the president said in a live TV show on Monday. At the same time, Putin thinks prices for industrial gas must be equalized.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign