Moreover, Valery Solovey, a Russian political scientist, says that Vladimir Putin’s health is so poor that he has to get ready even for annual press conference in advance. Moreover, chances are the consequences for Putin will be quite serious, and the recovery period will be long.
A live nationwide ‘face the nation’ televised session with the Russian President has become as common for many Russians as the nightly prime time newscast on the TV Channel One Russia. It was in the framework of this communication with reporters and residents that Vladimir Putin annually tried to convey the main theses of the federal center to the Russians, to outline the course of the country's development in the coming years and to mark a number of achievements that had taken place over the past period. Possibly, if this live question-time show is cancelled, it comes not only as a surprise but also as a sign of drastic changes for the majority of Russians. The only question remains what these very shifts are.
Not long ago, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that this year the traditional live nationwide televised call-in with the Russian President would not be held. He only promised that it would be partially included in his large press conference in December. People immediately began to talk about dozens, if not hundreds, of potential reasons for the decision of this kind. Of course, political scientists together with experts from various sectors also started talking about this decision. They said, in part, the year of 2020, which brought a whole series of complex events, had forced the Russian President to learn how to conserve energy. However, there is another opinion. According to it, Vladimir Putin cannot conduct the marathons of this kind anymore because of health issues.
For example, according to Prof. Valery Solovey, a well-known Russian political scientist and doctor of historical sciences, this year, the refusal of many-hours-long conversations with people might be caused by the poor health of the Russian President. However, Solovey had said the same kind of things about Putin’s health condition previously. Therefore, he answered in the affirmative to the corresponding question about the reasons for the current cancellation of the nationwide broadcast call-in.
“Yes, this is due to his poor health,” said Solovey. “At the moment, it is very difficult for the President to do an intensive call-in of this kind, and then to combine it with a large press conference.”
At the same time, Solovey says that Dmitry Peskov’s words that Putin keeps constantly in touch with the governors of all regions and regularly addresses their residents have nothing to do with reality.
“Does anyone else believe Peskov?” said Solovey. “After all, one should lose all common sense at all. In fact, the explanation is quite simple. Putin's health no longer allows him to take part in hours-long interviews and recording during a few hours. That is why his recent big interview with Sergey Brilyov lasted as long as 20 minutes. For the same reason, he has recently chosen remote communication with the help of technical tricks that allow covering up the real situation somehow. All this is less noticeable on the monitor.”
Moreover, in Solovey’s opinion, Putin’s health is so poor that he has to get ready even for the (annual) press conference in advance. Moreover, chances are the consequences for Putin will be quite serious, and the recovery period will be long.