Vladimir Putin admits he does not have a smartphone
Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Thursday that he nonetheless doesn’t have a smartphone, after revealing final 12 months that he has little interest in becoming a member of any social media networks.
At a gathering with scientists and teachers, Putin made the admission in response to a speech by Mikhail Kovalchuk, head of the Kurchatov nuclear analysis institute, whereas travelling in Siberia forward of March 18 polls by which he’s looking for a fourth time period within the Kremlin.
“You mentioned that everybody has smartphones. However I haven’t got a smartphone,” Putin mentioned, to laughter within the viewers. He responded to a remark from Kovalchuk that “everybody has a smartphone of their pocket.”
The 65-year-old grandfather has beforehand admitted to technological cluelessness — saying in 2005 that he didn’t have a cell phone in any respect — and voiced fears over content material accessible on-line.
Final 12 months whereas assembly schoolchildren, Putin advised them he barely makes use of the web, after being requested if he checked out Instagram or different social networks in his spare moments.
“I personally virtually don`t use this,” Putin mentioned of the web, including that members of his employees do get on-line. “My arduous working day finishes so late, I`m lower than Instagram,” he mentioned.
Putin contrasts with 52-year-old Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is usually seen with an iPhone and different devices and places up his personal snapshots on his official Instagram web page.
In previous years, Putin has claimed that the web is a “particular venture of the CIA” and “half pornography”.
Since his return to the Kremlin in 2012, Putin has overseen a harsh crackdown on web freedoms, bringing in legal guidelines to permit websites with allegedly extremist content material to be blocked and not using a courtroom order and prosecuting a rising variety of individuals for posting on-line.
Russia sentenced 43 individuals to jail over on-line posts final 12 months, a rights group mentioned Monday.
The web stays one of many nation’s few boards for political debate and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has received a youth following with stay video blogs and YouTube movies.