Contrasts starkly with stage-managed, soft-ball press conferences of Western leaders
Is it possible that in "authoritarian" Russia , a "dictator" answers questions that sharply criticized his policies in front of millions of citizens, and indeed, the whole world?
How it is possible that a journalist with "Ukrop" written on his tee shirt (a slogan for Ukrainian neo-Nazi volunteer battalions) accuses Putin of invasion, or that another alleges corruption of top Russian officials and close Putin allies?
What's going on here? There must be something wrong. This doesn't fit Western anti-Russian propaganda mantra.
Can you imagine Obama, Merkel, Hollande or Cameroon answering tough questions on live TV for 4 hours without teleprompters and staged and predefined journalist's questions?
No way, it would never happen.
It speaks volumes about democracy and transparency of leaders of "free democratic world".