Quotes and Comments by Vladimir Putin
We lived in a small room, all three of us, in
a communal apartment in Leningrad with no private
facilities. We didnt even have our own
bath or shower. My parents worked a lot, so
I spent lots of time in the streets with other
No, I am not going to run for president in 2008.
No, we are not going to amend the constitution.
14 years ago Russia made her choice for democracy.
This was not in order to pander to anybody else,
but for herself, for our own country and our
own citizens. Naturally, the fundamental principle
of democracy and the institutions of democracy
have to be adapted to the realities of modern
Russian life, and to our traditions and history.
And we will do this ourselves. In this respect
we proceed on the basis that a well-meaning
view from outside, even if it is a critical
view, will not hinder us but can only help.
I would also like to draw your attention to
the fact that even in the countries with so-called
well-developed democracies, there are still
plenty of issues and problems. Life goes on,
and changes, and permanently presents us with
new demands of the present day.
most important thing, in my view, was that democracy
cannot be exported. It should be a product of
internal development of a society.
are talking about the sport, not myself.
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