‘Bankruptcy closer every day, and you believe statistics?’

April 16, 2015. British farmer John Kopiski, Russian citizen since 1997, during the annual Direct Line with Vladimir Putin special broadcast in the main studio of Moscow

An expat Englishman, who runs a farm not far from Moscow, has grilled the Russian president and asked where Putin gets his statistics.

The farmer said his farm and other dairy farmers were struggling to survive. President Vladimir Putin held his 13th marathon Q&A on Thursday. More than 3 million people sent in questions, touching mainly on the economy and the situation in eastern Ukraine. Apart from questions that were sent in, Putin also answered live telephone calls, video feeds — and questions from the audience.

Putin wants neither Russian Empire nor army of clones: Q&A highlights One such question came from an English expat John Kopiski, who owns a dairy farm in the Vladimir region not far from Moscow. John’s tenure in Russia now stands at 23 years and counting. When he arrived in 1992 he probably had no idea of the turnaround life would present him.