A picture taken on August 26, 2018, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin walking on a mountain during a short vacation in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia. / AFP / Sputnik / Alexey NIKOLSKY
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Russian state television has launched a new weekly show dedicated to President Vladimir Putin in an apparent attempt to stem a major fall in his approval ratings.The Kremlin has consolidated its control over television stations since Putin came into office in 2000, and Putin's activities traditionally receive wide coverage on news programs on state television. Still, a weekly show devoted to news events as seen through the work of Putin is something new for Russia.Peskov added Putin himself does not plan to take part in the program.Putin, who had vowed not to raise the pension age, saw public trust in his presidency fall to 64 percent last month from highs of 80 percent in May, according to VTsIOM state pollster.
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