Let us make Russia our
friend, not our enemy.
The mere fact that Russians are
discussing their views and opinions in front of a live audience
of millions of BBC viewers is surely a sign of some greater
Lee Jones, Caerphilly
Why is the US and in some cases, the UK,
so intent in imposing their own views on other countries. People
in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Perhaps both the UK and
the US should focus on getting their own houses in order before
looking into others.
Mark Davies, Dundee
Putin is to democracy what Blair is to
Russia lost democracy with the collapse
of the Soviet Union and are now slaves of capitalism.
Comrade Miller, Chesterfield
I think it is a good thing that Russia
can host the G8 summit. The West should not isolate Russia. We
need Russian energy and by constantly engaging with Russia the
West can ensure that media freedom, democracy and human rights
are respected in Russia. Russia is an emerging democracy and
President Putin is not as bad as some people like to portray.
There were worse dictators, like Pinochet and Saddam, whom the
West supported once. Putin is nowhere near them. So I
congratulate Russia and wish the G8 a productive summit.
Ajith Dharma, Enfield, UK
To allow Putin to take power, the
Russian bear truly is a bear of little brain.
We need Russia as a counter to American
According to the CIA website Russian GDP
in 2005 was higher than in Canada and just 10% less than in UK.
Why does everyone say that economically Russia does not fit into
Can't believe how Soviet in mentality
some of the government representatives are!
Lenin spurned the chance of a true
democracy, Putin is repeating history's mistakes.
I enjoyed the presentation from Moscow
which made a refreshing change from the sometimes introspective
outlook of small town UKness. Wish I could speak Russian the way
the audience spoke English!
Martin Egan, Torbay
Text: We have enough problems at
home that need discussing. This programme about Russia is a
waste of space!
This was the best Question Time I've
seen in years. A fascinating insight into Russian political and
civil life. Please do more of these programmes around the world.
Historic ! Superbly ironic - in a good
way. The whole panel and the audience spoke English. They asked
and answered questions which would have caused their execution a
while ago. Brilliant, brilliant communication!
I was most impressed with the ability of
the Russians to debate fluently in English. It was a great
debate, and a credit to the BBC.
Ian West, Morpeth
How often do you get to hear what
Russians think? Give 'em a chance!
Text: Nice to see Russian
politicians not waffling, unlike their British colleagues.
Jerry, E London
It is a serious TV
programme this, highly valuable, proper for BBC to cover.
The "Question Time" from Moscow was
fascinating, not least because we saw Russian key players
disagreeing with one another. However, it was very disappointing
that no representative of the millions of Russian workers who
are trade union members was on the panel, or even in the
audience, to speak about the day-to-day existence of Russian
workers - we only had business reps.
Bill Speirs, Glasgow
Congratulations to the panel on their
excellent English. Imagine a British panel speaking Russian.
Great to have a proper debate on QT at
Text: The audience sound
better-educated than the Miami audience we had to listen to last
QT's best ever programme - great! We
need Russia to be part of the international community.
As Churchill said, "Democracy is the
worst possible political system except for all the others."
Great to see open and free broadcasting
How refreshing! Good to hear some
straight talking on QT. How about a regular debate from Russia?
Very good programme tonight marking the
15th anniversary of the break up of the Soviet Union. Too many
on the panel, I thought, making life difficult for David,
especially when they all began talking at once on one or two
occasions. Some were carrying on with their own agendas using
the programme as a platform for their own views and that of
Steve Fuller, Hove, East Sussex
Kasparov is excellent. Can we have him
instead of Gordon Brown?
The most impressive panel for many years
- intelligent and straight talking.
The world continues to shrink! It is a
fascinating insight into another country. Well done BBC.