In line with tradition, the President will answer questions from Russians regarding public and political affairs and the socioeconomic life of the nation, as well as international affairs.
People can ask their questions by either calling, sending an SMS or an MMS message, through the website or via a special mobile application.
This time around, questions to the Direct Line will be also accepted from users of two social networks: VKontakte (vk.com) and Odnoklassniki (ok.ru). This year, apart from writing text messages, users will be able to submit to the President recorded videos with their question via social networks.
Additionally, users of the Moskva-Putinu application and those having OK Live (the first Russian application of online broadcasts, distributed for free in AppStore and GooglePlay stores) installed on their mobile devices, will be able to arrange their video channels with the Direct Line studio right during the live session.
Questions will be accepted from 8 am Moscow time on June 4, right until the end of the Programme. The most interesting and relevant questions will be addressed to the President during the live broadcast.
Calls can be made from any part of Russia to the following toll-free number: 8 (800) 200 4040. Calls are free of charge from both mobile phones and landlines. Calls from abroad can be made to message processing centre to the following phone numbers +7 (499) 550 4040, +7 (495) 539 4040.
Mobile text and multimedia messages can be sent free of charge to the number 04040 from telephone numbers issued by Russian mobile operators. Questions should be written in Russian and contain no more than 70 characters.
Questions to the President can also be asked in the Ask a Question page on the website www.moskva-putinu.ru, or москва-путину.рф. Also on this page one can find detailed information on the upcoming Direct Line, ways to get in touch with the Unified Messages Processing Centre as well as previous sessions.
The official Moskva – Putinu application for mobile devices is available in AppStore and GooglePlay stores.
Russia’s Public Television (OTR) will provide sign language interpreting, which will also appear on the Programme’s website, on June 15.