Russian President Vladimir Putin's interview to the National Public Radio (NPR), which he is scheduled to give in New York on Thursday, will be broadcast over the Internet. This RIA Novosti correspondent quoted NPR, which airs on 620 radio stations in the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the U.S. military bases abroad, as announcing this. In his interview to the Washington Post NPR's President Kevin Klose said that the Russian leader would arrive at the NPR office in Manhattan and speak live with the commentator Robert Seagull for about an hour. Mr. Putin will also answer calls and e-mail questions from American listeners. According to Mr. Klose, Robert Seagull is now reading Mr. Putin's book First Person to prepare for the interview. The commentator said that apart from questions about American-Russian relations, he wants to ask Mr. Putin about himself. The NPR broadcasting of the Russian president's interview will start at 3:30 AM Moscow time the night of November 16. According to the official statistics, over 15 million people regularly listen to NPR.
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