Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that still he doesn’t have a smartphone, after revealing last year that he don’t have any interst in joining social media.

At a gathering with scientists and academics, Putin made the affirmation in response to a speech by Mikhail Kovalchuk, leader of the Kurchatov nuclear research institute, while going in Siberia ahead of March 18 polls in which he is looking for a fourth term in the Kremlin.

“You said that everybody has smartphones. Yet, I don’t have a smartphones,” Putin stated, to laughter in the group of onlookers. He reacted to a remark from Kovalchuk that “everybody has a smartphone in their pocket.”

The 65-year-old granddad has already admitted to technological cluelessness — saying in 2005 that he didn’t have a cell phone by any means — and voiced feelings of dread over substance accessible on the web.

A year ago while meeting schoolchildren, Putin told to them he scarcely utilizes the web, in the wake of being inquired as to whether he took a gander at Instagram or other informal communities in his extra minutes.

“I personally practically don`t use this,” Putin said of the web, including that individuals from his staff do get on the web. “My hard working day finishes so late, I`m not up to Instagram,” he said.

Putin appears differently in relation to 52-year-old Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is frequently observed with an iPhone and different gadgets and sets up his own particular snapshots on his official Instagram page.

In past years, Putin has guaranteed that the web is a “special project of the CIA” and “half pornography”.

Since his arrival to the Kremlin in 2012, Putin has regulated a brutal crackdown on web opportunities, acquiring laws to enable destinations with purportedly fanatic substance to be hindered without a court arrange and indicting a developing number of individuals for posting on the web.

Russia condemned 43 individuals to imprison over online posts a year ago, a rights group said Monday.

The web stays one of the nation’s couple of gatherings for political level headed discussion and Kremlin pundit Alexei Navalny has won a youth following with live video blogs and YouTube videos.

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