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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Over One Million Questions Sent to Putin's Call-In Show

More than 1 million questions had been submitted as of Wednesday for President Vladimir Putin's annual televised question-and-answer session, state television reported.

Thursday's session is the sixth such event that Putin has participated in since coming to office in 2000 and comes with questions mounting about his plans after his second presidential term ends early next year.

The event, which will be broadcast on state-controlled television and radio stations, usually lasts several hours and consists of people from around the country asking the president selected questions, mainly on bread-and-butter issues.

A sampling of questions listed on a web site set up by the broadcasters ranges from concerns about salaries for public sector workers to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and environmental worries.

Last year, Putin answered more than 50 questions in a nearly three-hour session. Correspondents from the state-run networks chose questioners from among small crowds in towns and cities around the vast country; it was impossible to tell whether most questions were arranged in advance or whether questioners were coached.

Others phoned in, submitted questions by e-mail or sent text messages.