President Vladimir Putin took questions from Russians across the country on Thursday during his annual televised call-in show. He promised to boost spending on local programs and faced an array of complaints about low wages and pensions. Putin responded by spelling out plans to boost salaries for public sector workers. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Olga Ivshina from the BBC's Russian Service in London about what Putin told his people.
This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.