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Elena Bashkirova, Sociologist

1946 - born in Moscow
1968 - graduates, Institute of Foreign Languages
1972 - Department Head, Institute of Sociology, USSR Academy of Sciences
1992 - founder and co-owner, ROMIR independent research agency
2004 - Head, Bashkirova and Partners independent research agency

Today we will bring you some of the first comments on the Russian President's Q&A with the nation. It has been an annual event since 2002, when President Putin first held a televised interview with people across the country. This year - it was special: Russia has entered into an election period - in December the people will vote for a new Duma, the lower Chamber of Parliament, and later, in spring - it will be the Presidential election. That means, that today's televised conversation of the President with the nation, is a great opportunity to evaluate the electorate expectations in Russia. WHAT will the Russians be voting for? What are the main NEEDS and CONCERNS which modern Russian politicians have to meet? How different was this presidential conference from the previous ones, and - why? To answer these questions our guest in the studio today is sociologist Elena Bashkirova.