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    Putin offers Comey 'political asylum' during annual call-in show

    Putin offers Comey 'political asylum' during annual call-in show

    By Pamela Boykoff and Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN
    Updated 2:05 PM ET, Thu June 15, 2017

    Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions at the Gostiny Dvor studio during the annual "Direct Line with Vladimir Putin broadcast live" by Russian TV channels and radio stations in Moscow on June 15, 2017.

    (CNN) Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered fired FBI chief James Comey "political asylum" during his annual question and answer call-in session on state television on Thursday.

    "What makes the FBI director different from Mr. Snowden then? It seems to me that in that case he's not so much the head of the FBI as an activist who has a particular point of view."

    "By the way, if he faces some sort of prosecution in this regard, we are ready to give him political asylum as well. He should know that," he said sarcastically during the televised event.

    Comey testified last week that he orchestrated the leak of accounts of conversations with US President Donald Trump because he thought it might lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation into alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.

    Putin's marathon call-in -- where he fielded questions from people across Russia -- comes days after nationwide anti-corruption demonstrations, in which 1,400 people were arrested.

    Here's three other things we learned from the televised program:

    1. He got personal

    It's rare for the Russian leader to speak publicly about his family and few details are known, but during the event, Putin claimed his children and grandchildren have a "perfectly normal, ordinary life."

    He revealed that his grandchildren are now attending kindergarten.

    "I really don't want them to live like hereditary princes. I want them to have a perfectly ordinary childhood and they are part of the collective in the kindergarten," he said.

    Putin said that his second grandchild was born recently, adding that he keeps them out of the spotlight so that they can have a normal upbringing.

    "...they won't be left alone if they're identified as the grandchildren of the President," he said.

    The fact that Putin is a grandfather was only revealed a few days ago in a new Oliver Stone documentary.

    2. He thinks sanctions are enacted 'to hold Russia back'

    When asked about increased Western sanctions in response to Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US elections and the country's intervention in Ukraine, Putin described them as "unexpected."

    "This, of course, shows the continuous internal political battle but nevertheless this is happening, and I think there is no ground for this. If there was no Crimea, no other problems, they would come up with something else to suppress Russia. This is how this policy was always presented -- to hold Russia back," he said.

    3. Not everyone agreed with him

    During the live broadcast, Russian state television also displayed text messages featuring responses -- some of them negative -- to the President's comments.

    Critical messages included: "Putin, do you really think people believe in this circus with set-up questions?" and "Three terms is enough."

    Putin returned as the country's president in 2012 for his third non consecutive term. Before that he was prime minister to Dmitry Medvedev from 2008 and previously served two terms as president in 2000 and 2004.

    CNN's Deborah Bloom also contributed to this report from Atlanta.
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    LOL!!! That is funny. I think the Russians have a cool, confident, laid-back but animated sense of humor. Remember when the CORRUPT MEDIA asked Lavrov about the Comey firing on his way into a meeting with Trump? He didn't know and exclaimed "Comey has been fired"!!! And he and whoever he was with, I guess the Russian Ambassador, they say something in Russian and both laugh out loud. That's why I always figured they brought it up with Trump, not the other way around.

    Putin says Comey is an "activist with a particular point of view". Like I've said, the Russians are smart.

    These are fun intelligent people. We need to be good friends with Russia out in the open. Time to end the farce that they're our "adversary". They are a competitor, there is a big difference between that an an enemy or adversary, not that some in Congress or the CORRUPT MEDIA would understand that. I guess the FBI and our "INTEL" community doesn't understand that difference either. "SAD!"
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