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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Questions Piling Up for Putin

Itar-TassAn operator taking questions on Tuesday ahead of Putin's call-in program.
More than 700,000 questions for President Vladimir Putin have been submitted since operators began accepting e-mails, text messages and phone calls Sunday for his annual call-in show, the Kremlin reported Tuesday.

Some 600,000 of the questions for the show, which is to take place on Thursday afternoon, were asked by telephone, while another 30,000 arrived in e-mails, according to the Kremlin web site for the event, www.president-line.ru.

As was the case in previous years, questions about social issues like benefits for pregnant women and young mothers, and housing programs have dominated the queries, Interfax reported Tuesday. There have also been many questions about rising food prices and some expressing concern that inflation could lead to a financial meltdown.

Other frequently asked questions covered issues like gaining Russian citizenship and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Interfax reported.

The organizers appear to have learned from last year's experience, in which RuNet users flooded the site with prank questions about androids and a fictional evil character named Chtulhu. Joke questions were not included on the list of most frequently asked released by the Kremlin this year, the Newsru.com news portal reported.