Putin orders officials to shape up or “leave” – video | NEWS | The Moscow News
by Anna Arutunyan at 17/04/2013 13:05
President Vladimir Putin has told ministers and regional officials to shape up or “leave” according to a video of a closed part of a meeting posted Wednesday by the tabloid Life News, in a report that was promptly contested by the Kremlin.
The video, made public on the day when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is speaking at Russia’s lower house of Parliament, the State Duma, consists of edited recordings of Putin addressing a meeting of ministers and regional officials in Kalmykia over his pre-election promises to improve housing.
“The quality of the work is worthless, everything is being done superficially,” Putin was shown telling officials after asking that the cameras be turned off. “If we don’t do this, we have to admit that either I’m not working effectively, or you all are working badly and you all should leave. I want to draw your attention to the fact that today I am leaning towards the second option.”