Putin Offers Political Asylum To James Comey, Citing Potential Prosecution In US

When asked whether a "secret war" was underway between Russia and the USA in the cybersphere, the Russian president simply said that for every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction.

In the segments, Putin portrays Russian Federation under his leadership as seeking to improve ties, but frustrated by Washington's "imperialist mentality". "I'll have to check that", said Putin, who fielded nearly 70 questions in just under four hours, in an event that Kremlin watchers often liken to a tsar listening to his petitioners.

"If Comey will be under the threat of political persecution, we are ready to accept him here", Putin said at a press conference, according to Russian state media outlet TASS.

"We do not view U.S. as our enemy", Putin said during his annual question-and-answer session with Russian citizens.

He then claimed that it was then-FBI Director James Comey who influenced the election in his opinion.

"By the way, if he faces any kind of prosecution in this regard, we will provide political asylum in Russian Federation for him as well".

During the same session, Putin criticized the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director for suggesting Russian Federation was meddling in the presidential election, saying Comey "gave no evidence" of his allegations. At another point in the documentary he refers to George W. Bush as "George", while accusing the USA of supporting Chechen rebels in their war against the Russian state in the early 2000s. "This is an evidence of the on-going internal political problems in the United States", he said. That doesn't mean the conversations-which, Putin says, would take place on the phone without a video link- are warm, however.

He recognized, however, that people's incomes have fallen and 13.5 percent of Russians now live below the poverty line, currently equivalent to $170 per month. Even though the show was tightly scripted, there was still room for the unexpected.

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Navalny was detained outside his home in Moscow before he could join the protest and later sentenced to 30 days in jail for staging an unsanctioned rally. Several asked Putin to explain why the rest of the world fears Russian Federation. He said he doesn't want to give details about his family for fear of hurting their privacy.

  • Leroy Wright