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“I don't read books by people who have betrayed the Motherland.”

“I go to the gym, I swim daily and from time to time I meet with friends and do extra-curricular stuff.”

“I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected.”

“I have a very positive attitude to anyone who is protecting the environment, but it's inadmissible when people are using it as a means of promoting themselves, using it as a source of self-enrichment. I don't want to name any specific examples but often, environmentalism is used to blackmail companies.”

“I have always loved and avidly read the novels of Jack London, Jules Verne and Ernest Hemingway. The characters depicted in their books, who are brave and resourceful people embarking on exciting adventures, definitely shaped my inner self and nourished my love for the outdoors.”

“I have never stated Russia is an energy superpower, but we have more reserves than almost anybody else. We have always behaved, and we will continue to behave, in a responsible way. We intend to participate in the elaboration of common rules in the energy sector and to abide by rules which are developed together.”

“I love soccer.”

“I love the Russian classics very much, the Russian classical literature. But I also read modern literature. As far as Russian literature is concerned, I am very fond of Tolstoy and Chekhov, and I also enjoy reading Gogol very much.”

“I myself know some people who are gay. We're on friendly terms. I'm not prejudiced in any way.”

“I read papers, try to watch news programs on television, but, as a rule, recorded. During the day I have no time for that, so I watch something taped. As for the newspapers, I try to get through them every day. Additionally, of course, I look through news bulletins.”

“I see that not everyone in the West has understood that the Soviet Union has disappeared from the political map of the world and that a new country has emerged with new humanist and ideological principles at the foundation of its existence.”

“I spend a little time every day to play sports.”

“I swim almost every day, a thousand meters.”

“I think every person should have some faith inside him, in his heart. What matters is not an external display of this faith, but the inner state of the soul.”

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“I think the international community should unite to fight such inhuman phenomena as terror attacks and the murder of totally innocent people.”

“I think we should not control the Internet.”

“I was brought up in a very ordinary family, in fact, a worker's family. Both my father and mother were ordinary citizens.”

“I would like to draw your attention to the fact that in Russia, unlike in one third of the world's countries, being gay is not a crime.”

“I would prefer to abandon the terminology of the past. 'Superpower' is something which we used during the cold war time. Why use it now?”

“I'm an adult and I know what power means in the modern world. In the modern world, power is mainly defined by such factors as the economy, defence and cultural influence. I believe that in terms of defence, Russia is without any doubt one of the leaders because we are a nuclear power and our nuclear weapons are perhaps the best in the world.”

“I'm eternally grateful to fate and the citizens of Russia that they've trusted me to be the head of the Russian government.”

“I'm sure corruption in Chechnya is minimal.”

“If one looks at the map of the world, it's difficult to find Iraq, and one would think it rather easy to subdue such a small country.”

“If the nation is not capable of preserving itself and reproducing, if it loses it vital bearings and ideals, then it doesn't need foreign enemies - it will fall apart on its own.”

“If there are people who act outside the law, then the state must use legal means to impose law in the interests of majority. That's the way it's done in the U.S., and that's the way it's done in Russia.”

“If we speak calmly, in a businesslike fashion, let me draw your attention to the fact that Russia supplies arms to the legitimate government of Syria in full compliance with the norms of international law. We are not breaching any rules and norms.”

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“If you want my personal attitude, I would tell you that I don't care about a person's sexual orientation.”

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