Putin dabbles into USA politics, offers asylum to ex Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey

Russian Federation has climbed out of recession despite continuing Western sanctions, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, adding that the restrictions have forced the country to "switch on our brains" to reduce its dependence on energy exports.

True to his word, Stone's documentary looks to delve deep into the mind and matter of the Russian president, both probing into topics such as the alleged Russian cyber-interference in the USA elections as well as peering into Putin's private dacha, gym, ice-hockey rink and presidential jet.

The bill follows several rounds of other sanctions imposed by the USA and the European Union over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

Former FBI director James Comey has presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the USA presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections for years.

Putin said that the sanctions have given Russian Federation an incentive to shed its dependence on oil and gas exports and "switch on our brains and talents" to develop other industries.

Putin said a during live call-in show on Thursday that the low-rise Soviet blocks will be a burden on the city's budget in 10-15 years' time if "the problem is not solved".

Putin said that a slump in oil prices had been a more important factor in Russia's economic slowdown than the sanctions.

The first thing that I noticed, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said that he believed that Russia's interference in the election process [in the US] took place, he did not provide any evidence in this case yet again.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today responded to a question from a BBC reporter on opposition leader Alexei Navalny by accusing the British broadcaster of supporting the Kremlin critic.

As in the past, Putin chided regional authorities for failing to care for people and ordered them to fix the flaws quickly.

Several called for an end to Putin's rule, ahead of elections next year when he is widely expected to stand for a fourth term, and compared him with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev who was in power for 18 years. Putin served two presidential terms in 2000-2008 before shifting into the prime minister's seat for four years because of term limits. He returned to the presidency in 2012.

They also live a normal life, daughters are engaged in science, education. One grandchild is in pre-school and the other, a boy, has just been born, he said, adding he didn't want to reveal more for the sake of their privacy.

"If I mention ages and names, they would be identified and never left alone".

Russia's President Vladimir Putin replies to a citizen's question during his annual Q&A Direct Line session on national television in Moscow.

He replied that he would rather not play with the past.

"First of all, I am still on the job", he said on Thursday.

"It's one thing to organise protests, and another to use these protests as an instrument for provocations and exacerbating the situation for self-promotion", Putin said, without mentioning Navalny by name in his customary manner.

  • Leroy Wright