THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Vladimir Putin’s return to presidency in Russia will be the subject of a discussion here on Monday. The second-time president taking oath of office will be viewed live on the TV channel ‘Russia Today’ at the discussion.
Putin will assume office at 12 noon Moscow time (1.30 pm, Indian time). The discussion will be held simultaneously here, said Ratheesh C Nair, Russia’s Honorary Consul.
The panel of political observers and senior journalists from the city will discuss Putin’s contributions during his first term, the implications for India as Putin - who was Prime Minister up to the elections in March - becomes president a second time, areas where Putin is likely to focus vis a vis development and the future of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) forum in the light of his return.
It may be remembered that the Honorary Russian Consulate had set up a polling booth, for the first time, in Thiruvananthapuram for Russian citizens to cast their franchise during the Russian presidential elections in March.