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Vladimir Putin Sends Letter to a Latvian School

A modern head of state is "a person able to propose constructive solutions to people's problems upon a detailed assessment of the situation taking into account numerous factors," Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote to secondary school 1 in Limbazi, Latvia, the Presidential press service told RIA Novosti.

The school is to conduct a research into an interesting and challenging subject, namely, the role of a modern leader, Putin writes adding that "a state leader must be well acquainted with both domestic and international issues, be a good and patient listener respectful to other people's points of view and always leave emotions aside." "They /emotions/ are a bad political adviser," the Russian president stresses.