Putin the Micromanager Focuses on Home Front as Elections Loom

  • Domestic concerns dominate president's annual call-in show
  • Putin assures Russians economy will resume growth in 2017

Vladimir Putin.

Photographer: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

If international confrontations over Ukraine and Syria have dominated Vladimir Putin’s third term in the Kremlin, the president focused far more on domestic issues in his latest annual call-in show as parliamentary elections approach.

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