The Russian president has had a video blog on the Kremlin site since the fall of 2008; however, visitors may now leave their own comments.
"At this time I believe that we are ready to do what you, dear friends, have asked," the president said on his video blog. "First of all, [your] suggestions were in regard to placing comments [on the site]. Now that possibility has emerged. And I hope that you will be able to say everything you want to say by leaving your comments on [my] video blog. I will read all of them with great interest," he said.
In order to leave a comment on the president's personal video blog, visitors will have to register with the official Kremlin site. The registration process is exactly like signing up with any other blog; you need to provide your name, user name, age, education, e-mail address, and country or region.
Comments are only accepted in Russian and visitors could be denied access if they use abusive or foul language, or words that could promote hatred or discrimination towards minority groups or minors. Visitors may also be denied access if they attempt to use the site for commercial or advertising purposes.
Comments will be edited before being published to avoid grammatical and spelling mistakes, the Kremlin site reads.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.