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It has become a regular highlight of this time of year Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin's epic press conference at which he swats at a series of gentle medium pace full tosses served up by the obliging boulders of Russia's media and. I hope you have enjoyed hearing this cricketing metaphor as much as I enjoyed writing it. This year's press conference was lent added freestone indeed outright peak haunts by the fact that it occurs just a few days before Putin celebrates he's twentieth anniversary of power in Russia among those tuning in most monocle. Twenty four resident Russell file page Reynolds. Who joins me now? This is exciting. I know for you paid. You've been able to turn your hobby into your job. Why does Vladimir Putin do it just kind of amuse him? I think it's a good question I think The press conference is very staged Ashley how could it be. I think it's a good forum for him to Address pretty much all the issues in one sort of I was it's GonNa condense but it's not brief Andre. It's about four hours long and I think enables him to be incredibly well pads You know they're all suggestions friends that some of the journalists in there who asked questions might have been told what questions to ask sitting down Yeah nothing new the but he does have this When you watch it he does? He's he's very good at that. He's very good at filling these kinds of questions even the difficult questions. He'll sort of chuck a couple of jokes and he's often quite a sort of like playful and flirtatious with the women journalists which is kind of awful to watch But yeah I mean he addresses all issues you you know from very local issues sort of Very like a local politics in sort of Siberia to two very big questions. Nuclear Deterrence You in a foreign policy moves and I think it just I think actually sort of bolsters his his public opinion. So I'm interested in this thing of of Putin's humor unlike you. I do not have the advantage of speaking Russian so it is possible. Some of his jokes may lose something in the translation. But what do we learn is Putin's only deal of a genuinely good gag because you can of course tell an awful lot about a person by what they find amusing. Indeed I mean I think I think he likes to play on this idea that he is seen as this kind of Omnipresent kind of like villain I the whole Dr Evil I think he does and this idea that his power sort of like You know not check. I mean there's sort of a clip from a few years ago when agendas asking him about you know oh is he going to what does he think about. You know the going into the next elections and he says well of which country it's an and I think he uses humor almost kind of seemingly seemingly sort of breakout. What's actually may be quite serious? Point someone's trying to make an it seems reasonably effective from what I've seen. I must say I have not watched every a four hour press conference for the for the past of five or six years but maybe Christmas homework. One of the questions did get raise this year that he's going to be one of the questions raised Over the next couple of years is the one of his future intentions. He has now being in charge in Russia. Give or take his occasional handoffs to Dmitry Medvedev for twenty years The question was raised at this point about may be having a bit of a fiddle with the Russian constitution to spare him the inconvenience over a symbolic step down to observe term limits in future. Do you get the sense that he does plan to just basically bang on forever. I mean it's quite an interesting question we've had sort of Russia analysts in head Stephen and a mock as well. They've they've kind of hinted that she may be maybe he doesn't quite want to. Have you know the the top role anymore but sort of act as this kind of puppeteer so in the kind of role that sounds like it's by name but actually he's kind of making all the moves no one quite a worrying worrying Thing that was brought was Belarus Russia's relationship with Belarus in in which has very much hinted closer ties and perhaps even sort of Initial discussions about a union state and a lot of people are saying saying. Well if this does actually come to fruition that would enable Putin to stay on because suddenly you have an all new country as a new union. That's that's being created so I think Belarus is going to be something. We're going to be watching for. I think in twenty twenty