VLADIVOSTOK, October 7 (RIA Novosti)
Russian President Vladimir Putin sympathizes with motorists in Moscow inconvenienced by the street closures that accompany his motorcade’s movement through the already traffic-clogged city, but says nothing can be done about it.
“I regret and extend my apologies for the inconvenience,” Putin said in an interview broadcast on the NTV television network on Sunday.
“I truly feel bad about it.”
Sometimes, Putin said, he hears unhappy motorists honking their horns as his motorcade speeds past.
“Unfortunately, only on rare occasions can helicopters be used to get around in Moscow,” he said.
When reminded that French President Francois Hollande stopped at all the red lights as he rode to his inauguration, Putin said: “He’s a good guy, but I don’t engage in populism. There’s work to be done.”
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- dykalgMedvedev10:43, 08/10/2012Did Medvedev regret the traffic jams when he was driven to work?
Putin has genuine empathy. I know why he wept at his speech after he won the election in May. It was gratitude and relief of a man who has made promises and was, despite enormous opposition, able to keep them
News that Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin would resign in order to run for the mayoral election in September came as quite a shock. Sobyanin’s political potential is fairly dubious, not to mention his approval ratings. He has not finished many of the projects he initiated and the electoral effect from these projects is expected to come a bit later than September 2013. Sobyanin’s opponents were not entirely unprepared for this blitzkrieg.